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LERNER AND LOEWE CLASSIC MY FAIR LADY TO OPEN
2011 HERITAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL SEASON

HTF To Follow Up Highly Successful 2010 Slate with Four-Show Season Including Adaptation of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps; High Flying Comedy Boeing, Boeing;
and the Tony Award-Winning Musical She Loves Me

Auditions for 2011 HTF Season Scheduled For January 29 and 30

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – December 14, 2010 – Heritage Theatre Festival is set to start the summer of 2011 on a classic note when it brings the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady to the Culbreth Theatre stage to open the season on July 30th.

My Fair Lady will be the first of a four-show season in Culbreth Theatre, with the other shows including:

  • The Hitchcock-meets-Hilarity madcap comedy The 39 Steps
  • The soaring French farce and recent Broadway hit Boeing, Boeing
  • The lonely-hearts-with-a-twist musical She Loves Me

Heritage Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel, fresh off a smash-hit summer in 2010, has cooked up a 2011 slate that uses a similar recipe with different flavors. “After the enormous response we got last summer to The Sound of Music, I thought this was the perfect time to do another family musical, and My Fair Lady, in my opinion, is one of the greatest musicals ever written. We’ve never done it at Heritage and I am really looking forward to sharing it with our audience. The 39 Steps is an absolutely hilarious, fun-filled take on Hitchcock’s movies. It’s in the spirit of our highly praised ‘Tuna’ series, which has been so popular with Heritage audiences, in that two of the four actors play up to 120 roles. Boeing, Boeing is a classic French farce, complete with pratfalls, swinging doors and a variety of other comic elements. It’s an evening of pure theatrical fun. Finally, She Loves Me is a little musical Valentine in the middle of July, with a story that was the inspiration for the film You’ve Got Mail and the 1940’s Jimmy Stewart classic The Shop Around the Corner. It’s become an audience favorite with good reason, including a lovely score by the composer and lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof.

All evening performances for the 2011 Heritage Theatre Festival season will be at 7:30 p.m., and each show will feature one 2:00 p.m. matinee performance.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion and featuring a score chock-full of all-time favorite Broadway tunes (The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time), it is little wonder that Lerner and Loewe’s classic My Fair Lady has been hailed by many as “the perfect musical.” The tale of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle’s transformation to a proper lady courtesy of Henry Higgins first delighted Broadway audiences in 1956. And, of course, the 1964 film with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn remains a treasured family classic.

My Fair Lady (book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe) will be presented at Culbreth Theatre from June 30-July 2 and July 5-9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on July 9.

Boeing, Boeing is a high-flying French farce that follows the exploits of a Swinging Sixties architect living in Paris and juggling a trio of flight attendant fiancées, with the help of good timing and a trusted maid who manages the chaos like a well-trained air traffic controller. Even she, however, is no match for the pure chaos that ensues when the man’s acquaintance comes to visit, causing his elaborate triangulated romantic ruse to come crashing down while the laughs get ratcheted up higher, and higher still.

Boeing, Boeing, by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, will come to Culbreth Theatre from July 14-16 and on August 1 and 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on July 16 at 2:00 p.m.

The 39 Steps
is a hyper-speed whodunit that offers a tongue-in-cheek salute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. A cast of four transforms itself into more than 140 different characters, taking the audience on an hilarious thrill-ride in a mystery that features wild chases, narrow escapes, trained assassins, gorgeous spies and a heaping dose of unadulterated silliness. It’s like Hitchcock, as seen through the delightfully twisted prism of Monty Python!

The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, will come to Culbreth Theatre from July 21-23 and on August 2 and 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on July 23 at 2:00 p.m.

She Loves Me is a delectable musical concoction that features equal parts lonely hearts, mistaken identity and true love. It is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, which also launched the Jimmy Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner, and the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan hit You’ve Got Mail. This award-winning musical has been an international favorite thanks to its timeless and entertaining love story and a sweet and unforgettable score from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick -- the team behind Fiddler on the Roof.

She Loves Me (book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and based on a play by Miklos Laszlo) will be presented at Culbreth Theatre from July 28-30 and on August 3 and 6. There will be a matinee performance on August 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Local auditions for the 2011 Heritage Theatre Festival season will be on January 29 and 30, 2011. They will be by appointment only, and will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 29th. Group dance auditions will be held that day from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and callbacks will be held on Sunday, January 30 from noon until 6:00 p.m. All those auditioning are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue and one 32-bar song (a song is required if you are auditioning for all of the shows, if you are only auditioning for the plays, there is no need to sing). An accompanist will be provided, but please bring your own sheet music.

To sign up for an audition please call 434-924-3327 or stop by the main office in Room 201 of the U.Va. Drama Building.

Season subscriptions for the 2011 Heritage Theatre Festival season will be available for sale by mail order beginning May 2011 and online at www.uvahtf.org on Friday, June 3. Season subscriptions may be purchased in person and by phone at 434-924-3376 beginning on Wednesday, June 8 and single tickets will be available online, in person and by phone starting Friday, June 10. 

To request a season brochure or for more information on the 2011 season at Heritage Theatre Festival, visit www.uvahtf.org.

Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist
John Kelly
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