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PATRICIA C. SYAK | Symphony notes Series presents three Broadway classics



Published: Sun, June 3, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Broadway revivals and one of the most distinguished musicals of all time come to Powers Auditorium as part of the 2001-2002 Broadway Series, presented by First Place Bank in conjunction with the Youngstown Symphony Society.

Subscription tickets to "My Fair Lady," "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Cabaret" are on sale now.

"My Fair Lady" opens the series Nov. 12 and Nov. 13. The music and lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe make George Bernard Shaw's rags-to-riches story of a poor flower girl dance off the pages of "Pygmalion" and into the hearts of audiences everywhere. Filled with such memorable songs as "On the Street Where You Live," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "My Fair Lady" soars with each enchanting note.

The most influential musical of its decade and one of the most distinguished productions of all times, "My Fair Lady" relates the efforts of Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering to transform scruffy, put-upon Eliza Doolittle into a gloriously regal lady with a mind of her own.

Nine-year run: Originally running on Broadway for nine years with countless revivals and road tours, "My Fair Lady" was adapted to a successful Academy Award-winning movie. It starred Rex Harrison (who played Higgins), Stanley Holloway (as Eliza's roistering father Alfred P. Doolittle) and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza, the Cockney flower-seller in Covent Garden.

Musical biography: The first of musical biographies, "Annie Get Your Gun" arrives at Powers Auditorium for two performances Jan. 14 and Jan. 15. Annie Oakley, an illiterate hillbilly living near Cincinnati, demonstrates her remarkable marksmanship and is persuaded, though the convincing claim "There's No Business Like Show Business," to join Col. Buffalo Bill's traveling Wild West Show. Gun-toting Annie, who needs only one look to fall hopelessly in love with Frank Butler, the show's featured shooting ace, quickly learns "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun" when Butler speaks of "The Girl That I Marry" as both set out to prove their superiority in "Anything You Can Do."

Now on Broadway, Irving Berlin's updated "Annie Get Your Gun" won a Tony Award as Best Revival and begins a national tour this year with a January route to Youngstown.

Broadway musical: "Cabaret," the revolutionary Broadway musical, concludes the series with two performances April 29 and April 30. Winner of four 1998 Tony Awards including Best Revival, "Cabaret" will be the divinely decadent theatrical event of the season.

The musical is based on the true-life observations of Christopher Isherwood. Isherwood wrote "The Berlin Stories" about his experiences in a crumbling Germany at the start of the Third Reich. With music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, "Cabaret" features some of the best-known songs in musical history, including "Willkommen," "Tomorrow Belongs To Me," "Money," and the title song "Cabaret."

XSubscription tickets to "My Fair Lady," "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Cabaret" are available at the Symphony Center box office or by calling (330) 744-0264. Those wishing to e-mail or fax their orders to the box office must include a valid credit card number and expiration date.




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