If music mogul Clive Davis has his way Anne Hathaway will finally make her Broadway debut. Davis told USA Today he would love to see the Oscar-nominated Les Miz star play Eliza Doolittle in his upcoming Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. The newly-minted stage producer also has his sights set on Oscar winner Colin Firth to take on the role of Henry Higgins, and he'd like for Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, Golden Boy) to helm the tuner.
Davis' drive to lure Hathaway to the project preceded her current awards season sweep for Les Miz. The actress and Firth were both being considered for a new film adaptation of the musical, but when the project fell through, Davis chose to nab the show's newly available stage rights. Davis plans to re-approach Hathaway about the musical sometime after this weekend's Oscar ceremony.
Should Hathaway decide to headline the musical she'll make plenty of Broadway.com readers happy: She was just voted the 2013 Oscar nominee fans would most like to see make their Broadway debut. The production wouldn't mark her stage debut, however, as Hathaway has appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night and at Encores! in Carnival. This fall she even channeled her inner-Sally Bowles to sing Cabaret tunes at a Joe's Pub benefit concert.
Firth took home an Oscar two years back for his turn in The King's Speech. While he has yet to appear on Broadway, the British actor got his start on the London stage in shows like Another Country. Though he was speculated to headline the current revival of Betrayal, his last West End outing dates back to 2000 in Three Days of Rain. Since then he's showed off his vocal abilities (and sparkly ABBA outfits) in the Mamma Mia! movie.
Just in case Davis needs a back-up plan, Broadway.com knows a few famous ladies he might be able to attract to the project.