Dame Julie Andrews will direct a special 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House.
The actress and musical theatre legend starred as Eliza Doolittle in the original Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Andrews will be in Sydney later this year to start casting for the production.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to direct My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House in August 2016. I look forward to coming to Sydney this November to cast the production and begin the process of bringing this great musical to life once again,” Andrews said in a statement on Wednesday.
Andrews took on the role of Doolittle in 1956, which was only her second part on Broadway, and it launched her career thanks to her performance of hits Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? and I Could Have Danced All Night.
“To think that Broadway’s original Eliza Doolittle, Julie Andrews, will direct our new production at the Sydney Opera House 60 years later will, I’m sure, excite both Australian and international audiences,” theatre producer John Frost said.
Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini will present the new production together at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Opera House next year.
“I am delighted and it is indeed a privilege to work with Dame Julie Andrews as she creates a new My Fair Lady that will capture the magic of the world’s greatest musical for a new generation of classic musical lovers,” Terracini said.
The production is expected to bring more than 19,000 overnight visitors to Sydney and bring about $7 million into the NSW economy, according to the NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.