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Claire Danes to Make Broadway Debut

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July 11, 2007 08:02 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK — Henry Higgins now has his Eliza Doolittle. Claire Danes will portray the Cockney flower girl who blossoms into a lady in the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion."

The production, which also stars Jefferson Mays as Higgins, opens Oct. 18 at the American Airlines Theatre. Preview performances begin Sept. 21. The director is David Grindley.

"Pygmalion" will be Danes' Broadway debut. The actress, currently seen in the movie "Evening," has appeared in such films as "The Family Stone" and "Stage Beauty." She also starred in the television series "My So-Called Life."

Mays, a Tony Award winner for his performance in "I Am My Own Wife," appeared on Broadway last season in the revival of R.C. Sherriff's antiwar drama "Journey's End," also directed by Grindley.

"Pygmalion" inspired the legendary Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe musical "My Fair Lady." The Roundabout production, a limited engagement, will run through Dec. 16.