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Shaw Festival veteran Deborah Hay stars in its production of "My Fair Lady"

Here's a hopeful sign for everyone who's sick and tired of winter and still waiting for Punxsutawney Phil's prediction to come true: The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake's massive summerly theater outfit, has already entered rehearsals.

Actors are currently running lines and warming up their singing voices for the Shaw's production of "My Fair Lady," Lerner and Loewe's beloved musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion." (MusicalFare Theatre did a charming revival of that show last year.)

Here's the rest of the Shaw's summer lineup:

Festival Theatre

"My Fair Lady," based on ‘Pygmalion’ by Bernard Shaw. Adaptation and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe. April 9 to Oct. 31.

"Heartbreak House," by Bernard Shaw. May 10 to October 7.

"The Admirable Crichton," by J. M. Barrie. June 22 to Oct. 29.

Royal George Theatre

"Candida," by Bernard Shaw. April 7 to October 30.

"Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," by Tennessee Williams. May 3 to Oct. 23.

"The President," by Ferenc Molnár, adapted by Morwyn Brebner. June 3 to Oct. 9

Court House Theatre

"Drama At Inish: A Comedy," by Lennox Robinson. May 6 to Oct. 1.

"On The Rocks," by Bernard Shaw, in a new version by Michael Healey. June 14 to Oct. 8.

"Maria Severa," book, music and lyrics by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli. July 19 to Sept. 23.

Studio Theatre

"Topdog/Underdog," by Suzan-Lori Parks. July 19 to Aug. 27.

"When The Rain Stops Falling," by Andrew Bovell. Aug. 11 to Sept. 17.

--Colin Dabkowski

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