Friday, 3 July 2009

Small world on stage

“Cape Rep finally tackles a musical as our American Classic!” announces the publicity for Brewster’s summer production of My Fair Lady at its renowned theatre in the woods.

“This is a musical I have carried in my heart for a very long time and Cape Rep offers a unique and intimate space in which to explore, experiment and tease out certain themes within this gem of a musical,” says Kim Weild, its New York-based director and choreographer.

Above: Brewster's Cape Rep Theatre.
Quite apart from the musical’s transatlantic links – its origins being in George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion – Kim was intrigued when she learnt about another connection between her work and Budleigh Salterton. As associate director of the recent Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit she was well aware of the author’s rather negative view of our town, but had not heard about the 2001 linking of Brewster and Budleigh as sister-towns. “Small world!” as she commented.

Right: My Fair Lady director Kim Weild with British star Rupert Everett

Praised for its “sublime staging” by one reviewer, the success of the Broadway show, starring among others Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett, should guarantee that Cape Rep’s own version of My Fair Lady will also be a hit. “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “On the Street Where you Live,” are just a few of the many songs that make this one of the longest running, most acclaimed musicals in Broadway Theatre history.

My Fair Lady opens at the Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster on 30 July and runs until 29 August 2009. More information at http://www.caperep.org/

Photo credit: http://www.kimweild.com/

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