120 Seconds: My Fair Lady

February 10, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

With the critically acclaimed musical My Fair Lady hitting Phoenix’s Orpheum Theatre February 16 – 19, we had a chance to talk with the leading lady, Aurora Florence. Playing the classic lead role, Eliza Doolittle, Florence brings to life the story of a Cockney flower girl and journey to pass as a well born lady with the help of professor Henry Higgins. For more information click here.

We could have talked all night with the lovely leading lady, but here’s just two minutes with the star. Curtain please…

What is your favorite part of this Broadway classic? 
I love the comedy in the show. The book, by George Bernard Shaw is so strong

Favorite song to perform? 
I Could Have Danced All Night. It feels like I get to have a slumber party with the audience and we are sharing our deepest secrets.

For the actress playing Eliza, what does it feel like to step in the shoes of a role once played by the great Audrey Hepburn?
It is a great honor. She was a wonderful Eliza and an amazing person. It gives me motivation to give everything that I have to the role.

What are you bringing to the show that you wouldn’t normally see in another adaptation? 
The ending is left more open, leaving the audience the chance to decide for themselves what happens.

Why are you excited about this show? 
This is a show I have wanted to be in ever since I was little and to get to be in this touring production of it is literally a dream come true.

What are some of your other favorite Broadway shows?
Man of La Mancha, Wicked, Secret Garden, Into the Woods and Les Miserables are all favorites.

Does the rain in Spain really stay in the plain? 
I’ll tell ya once I’ve been there.

If you could switch roles, what would you choose?
I would be in the ensemble, they have some great numbers in this show.

What’s your favorite non-showtune song right now? 
Brandon Flowers (lead singer for the Killers) – Magdalena from the album Flamingo.

Sum up why we should see this show in less than five words?
You’ll laugh and love it.




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