I grew up with my grandmother’s stories of when she went to see the stage play for the Lerner And Loewe musical, ‘My Fair Lady’, back in the 1960s.
I subsequently fell in love with the play, and the film, and I could easily sing pretty much any of the songs if you asked me to. Of course, I know the way they’re sung – in the original. In Brittain Ashford’s hands, the song takes on a whole new life, as she gives it a post trip-hop treatment.
‘Sonya Alone’ comes from ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’, a sung-through musical adaptation of a 70 page segment of Tolstoy’s ‘War And Peace’. Ashford first played the role of Sonya in 2012, in the Ars Nova production off-Broadway, and has continued in the role in all further incarnations, productions at Kazino, the American Repertory Theater, and at the Imperial Theatre, the latter of which marked her Broadway debut in 2016. She was temporarily replaced by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, but returned to the role in August 2017.
Watch this gorgeous duet between Brittain and Ingrid:
Find out more about Brittain Ashford from her official website.