Clive Davis, at 80 years old, is on a role and not looking to slow down any time soon. He recently released an autobiography titled The Soundtrack of My Life, and he has now announced that he has signe Bartlett Sher to direct the Broadway revival of My fair Lady.
“I always wanted to produce a Broadway show, and I’ve never done it,” Davis told the Los Angeles Times in February 2103. “I’m hopeful we will prepare and finalize everything this year to bring My Fair Lady next year to Broadway with a stellar cast. I don’t want to jinx myself, but we’re in discussions with two magnificent performers and a wonderful director to do that.”
Davis indicated that, Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) and Firth (“The King’s Speech”), to play Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins, respectively, were both up for the same roles in a recent screen adaptation of “My Fair Lady.” That film did not happen and the stage rights became available for Davis to claim.
“I was always hoping that the tradition of great musicals giving birth to songs that are part of the fabric of our culture would continue. But that has not happened. We’ve had hit Broadway shows, but the scores have not really been up to that golden-era tradition.”, Davis remarks. ”So since that has not occurred, I really want to make sure that the greatest musical of all time — which to me is My Fair Lady — can show once again why a classic can be as meaningful half a century later as it was when it originally opened. I look forward to that.”
Davis, Five-time Grammy Award winner has worked with some of the greatest musical artists of this and the last century including, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera and Harry Connick, Jr.
Mary Martin was initially interested in playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady but when Lerner and Loewe played her three of the songs from the show in in their meeting: “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Just You Wait” and “The Ascot Gavotte.”, she didn’t think they were so great. Well, Julie Andrews must have thought were “loverly” because she landed the part and the rest is history.