‘Lady’ has a lovely bow

U.K. play unfurls at the Ahmanson

HOLLYWOOD — Bringing the National Theater of Great Britain’s “My Fair Lady” across the Pond meant embracing the energies of a new, American cast, Shaun Kerrison, who redirected the Lerner and Loewe tuner for its U.S. tour, said Thursday during a champagne toast following the show’s Ahmanson opening.

“My Fair Lady” is “about class struggles in England, but it’s a Broadway show created entirely by Americans,” Kerrison pointed out. “We Brits think it belongs to us. But maybe it’s only possible to write this type of satire from the outside looking in.”

He added the musical is “a rags-to-riches story that Americans respond to — a very American ideal.”

On hand for the “loverly” evening were Center Theater Group’s Michael Ritchie; cast members Lisa O’Hare, Marni Nixon and Tim Jerome; and John Lithgow, Camryn Manheim and Jane Kaczmarek.

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— Alys Marshall