15 Broadway Leading Ladies We’d Love to See Play Eliza Doolittle

March 6th, 2017 by

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Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher returns to Lincoln Center Theatre next season with his revival of the beloved Lerner & Loewe musical My Fair Lady. Immediately our office burst into discussion of possible Eliza Doolittle actresses. Would it be the long rumored Anne Hathaway? What age is too old to be considered? Should it be a fresh, unknown making her debut against a famous Henry Higgins? The debate raged on. In the end, here are 15 Broadway actresses (alphabetically) we'd like to see follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews, Christine Andreas, and Melissa Errico and grace the stage as the Cockney flower girl turned lady.

Kelli Barrett

The Doctor Zhivago leading lady just played the role to rave reviews and great buzz out in the Hamptons.

Laura Benanti

The fan favorite on Twitter, Benanti worked with Bart Sher on Women on the Verge and delivered one of her most memorable stage performances.

Whitney Bashor

Sher discovered Bashor during The Bridges of Madison County, and since then her star and her talent have only grown.

Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess showed the audiences at Carnegie Hall's Guys and Dolls that she can do comedy like few other soprano leading ladies can; and anyone who has seen her Christine Daaé knows that she reinvents the wheel in the best way possible.

Mara Davi

That voice. That face. The star-quality. I'm sold.

Alex Finke

If you've seen her as Johanna in off-Broadway's Sweeney Todd, you know she could slay this role. Also, imagine her Sweeney co-star Matt Doyle singing "On The Street Where You Live"...

Aisha Jackson

We are still not over this version of "Your Daddy's Son", and we know there's a breakout, star-making performance on the horizon for this Waitress cast member.

Kara Lindsay

As Wicked's Glinda she showed us she has all the notes and comedy; as Katherine in Newsies she showed us she has the fire.

Samantha Massell

Listen to how that soprano soars! Also, Bart Sher gave Massell her big Broadway break as Hodel in Fiddler.

Jessie Mueller

We could all be majorly LOL at the Beaumont with this Tony winner, who has the legit untapped soprano in her.

Laura Osnes

Bart Sher brought Laura Osnes in to replace Kelli O'Hara in South Pacific at LCT, and it totally changed her career. It would be something to see them reunite at LCT for My Fair Lady.

Ashley Park

Park, who just starred as Tuptim in Sher's The King and I revival, is stealing the show over at Sunday in the Park with George. She'd nail the comedy needed for a great Eliza.

Alexandra Silber

Again, a Sher alum (Fiddler) and a leading lady on the West End who could more than handle the scope of Eliza.

Phillipa Soo

Just imagine what the Amelie star could do with the scene at the racetrack. 🙌

Carrie St. Louis

Listen to this! What can't this former Glinda do?!

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Kelli O'Hara Bart Sher

It might just be his go-to leading lady. Miss Kelli O starred in Bart Sher's productions of The King and I, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, and The Bridges of Madison County. Is Eliza next?

'My Fair Lady' begins previews March 22, 2018 at LCT's Vivian Beaumont Theater.