About the showOlivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie brings a revival of Leonard Bernstein’s dance musical On the Town to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. In a production that is set to be the biggest musical ever staged at the venue, On the Town kicks off the new season, beginning previews on May 19th 2017.
Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins, On the Town is the classic musical that features memorable music by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story) and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. In 1949, On the Town became a film, starring legends Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
On the Town follows three American sailors who leave New York during wartime, meeting three very different women along the way. The production includes well-known songs from Bernstein’s incredible score, such as “New York, New York”, “Lucky to Be Me” and “Lonely Town”.
Hollyoaks' Danny Mac stars in the show, after almost winning the glitterball trophy in last year's Strictly Come Dancing. Further casting includes Jeremy Tailor, Fred Haig, Siena Kelly, Miriam-Teak Lee, Lizzy Connolly, Maggie Steed, Naoko Mori, Rodney Earl Clarke and Mark Heenehan.
The rest of the cast includes Michelle Andrews, Myles Brown, Matthew Caputo, Edward Chitticks, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Cristina Hoey, James Leece, Jacob Maynard, Rachel Muldoon, Melissa Nettleford, Emily Ann Potter, Mollie Melia Redgrave, Lisa Ritchie, Barnaby Thompson, Sam Salter and Brandon Lee Sears.
Drew McOnie directs and choreographs, with recent credits including The Wild Party, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde, The Lorax, Strictly Ballroom and In the Heights, for which he received the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer.
Originally premiering in London in 1963 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, the most recent revival of the musical arrived at the London Coliseum in 2007. This year sees the show return in a large-scale, all-singing, all-dancing revival. On the Town opens at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre on May 19th and runs until July 1st 2017, with an official press night on May 25th 2017.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoyed Drew McOnie’s previous productions now have another chance to see one of his musicals on stage. On the Town is reminiscent of those such as Top Hat and An American in Paris.
Productions are generally recommended for those aged 6 and up.