On the Town

On the Town, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre kick off their 2017 summer season with a revival of the classic Broadway musical On The Town which runs from 19 May to 1 July 2017. With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green the musical is based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free. It follows three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944 who each meet and connect with three very different women. The musical had its London premiere in 1963 at the Prince of Wales Theatre where it ran for 63 performances. A revival was mounted by the ENO at the London Coliseum in 2007.

This new production promises to be "the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre" and will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, whose previous work at the Open Air includes Jesus Christ Superstar.

Strictly Come Dancing star Danny Mac will lead the cast alongside Jacob Maynard and Sam Edwards as the three sailors Gabey, Chip and Ozzie. They are joined by Siena Kelly, Lizzy Connolly and Miriam-Teak Lee as Ivy, Hildy and Claire.

One the Town features the hit songs "New York, New York", "You Got Me", "I Can Cook Too", "Carried Away" and "Lonely Town".

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On the Town running time: 
2 hours 20 minutes
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As three sailors Gabey, Chip and Ozzie arrive in New York City on leave for the first time with just an out of date guidebook on hand, they prepare to have the best day of their lives. Gabey falls for a young lady who he spots on the subway advertised as Miss Turnstyle of the Month and spends most of his time trying to track her down. Chip, who appears more intent on a day of sightseeing, comes across a friendly cab driver who is more than happy to take him up to her place and show him around New York. Ozzie meanwhile falls for an anthropologist in the Met Museum who finds him to be a perfect example of a primitive man. Each misadventure leads to another in a mad-cap 24 hours in The Big Apple set to a dazzling score of hits.

Music by Leonard Bernstein, Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Drew McOnie
Songs by:
Leonard Bernstein
Howard Hudson
Nick Lidster for Autograph
Peter McKintosh
Drew McOnie
Cast list:
Danny Mac (Gabey), Jacob Maynard (Chip), Sam Edwards (Ozzie), Siena Kelly (Ivy), Lizzy Connolly (Hildy), Miriam-Teak Lee (Claire), Maggie Steed (Madame Dilly), Naoko Mori (Lucy Schmeeler), Rodney Earl Clarke (The Workman), Mark Heenehan (Judge Pitkin), 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.
Other info:
Musical direction by Tom Deering

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NU, GB-WSM, GB
Nearest tube:
Baker Street
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Our On the Town Review

Regent's Park is already full of birdsong, but each summer the birds are given human competition when the Open Air Theatre stages its annual musical. Usually that comes in late July or August, but now it has been moved to open the season -- and summer couldn't, in this case, have come soon enough!

Latest On the Town News & Features

On The Town
Cast Change & Photos of On The Town at the Open Air Theatre
Friday, May 26, 2017

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced a cast change for its current revival of On the Town due to a foot injury sustained by Fred Haig at the performance on Monday, 22 May. Mr. Haig's injury has now been confirmed as a fracture, which means that he has sadly had to withdraw from the production. His understudy Jacob Maynard will now play the role of Chip for the remainder of the run through to 1 July 2017. Mr. Maynard's previous credits include 'Guys and Dolls' (SavoyTheatre and UK Tour), as well as the UK Tours of 'Love Me Tender,' and 'Five Guys Named Moe'. 

Interview with Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's On The Town star Fred Haig
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This summer the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre are reviving the classic musical On The Town which features a classic score by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Following the ups and downs of Gabey, Chip and Ozzie, three sailors on leave who arrive in New York City with just an out of date guidebook to hand they throw themselves into city life resulting is misadventures around the Big Apple.

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