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Nothing says Fourth of July like My Fair Lady, right? Okay, just about anything is likely more American than this musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, but theater patrons can take in the Guthrie's new production of the venerable musical starting this Friday. The play follows a young Cockney woman as she is ensnared in the upper-crust life by lifelong bachelor Professor Henry Higgins. The piece by Lerner and Lowe features a parcel of classic tunes, from "The Rain in Spain" to "I Could Have Danced All Night." The Guthrie cast features West End and Broadway veteran Helen Anker as Eliza Doolittle; Jeff McCarthy, whose long career includes creating the role of Officer Lockstop in Urinetown, as Higgins; Donald Corren as Eliza's father, Alfred; and Olivier and Tony nominee Tony Sheldon as Col. Pickering. Locally based performers include Melissa Hart, Robert O. Berdahl, Molly Sue McDonald, and Tyler Michaels, who takes on the role of young heartthrob Freddy. Longtime Guthrie leader Joe Dowling begins his last year with the company by directing the production. And while the show is decidedly British, opening-night patrons will have easy access to excellent viewing of the riverside fireworks at 10 p.m. The show is in previews through Thursday. Friday's opening-night showtime is 6:30 p.m.