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! Read more
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".
Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the Weather Policy.
As three sailors Gabey, Chip and Ozzie arrive in New York City on leave for the first time with just an out of date guidebook on hand, they prepare to have the best day of their lives.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.