Sheffield academic works with Julie Andrews on My Fair Lady 60th anniversary production

Dominic McHugh
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A University of Sheffield researcher has helped Dame Julie Andrews put together a landmark version of a Broadway musical.

Dr Dominic McHugh, from the department of music, has been advising the production team working on the 60th anniversary performance of My Fair Lady.

Directed by Dame Julie Andrews, it is a reconstruction of the original 1956 Broadway staging.

Dr McHugh was asked to work as an adviser after discovering lost songs from musical, which were then performed in public for the first time in 59 years during a production at the University of Sheffield last year.

The special 60th anniversary production is being staged in Australia at the Sydney Opera House until November.

Understudies in the Opera House production sang seven of the lost songs and Dr McHugh appeared on a panel to discuss the musical alongside Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli, who is the choreographer for the production.

Dr McHugh said: "It was a dream come true to go and meet Julie Andrews and see the energetic work of the team at the Sydney Opera House behind this unique production.

"The Australian audience loved the opportunity to hear the 'lost songs' too, and it was an honour to be able to share a project that was such a special event in the life of the University in 2015."