About the show
New York, New York takes over the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with On The Town.
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of London’s summer treasures. The picturesque venue has a reputation for specialising in musical theatre and children’s theatre. For their 2017 season, they’re injecting upbeat energy into the capital and staging Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical On The Town.
On The Town is the venue’s biggest ever dance theatre production. Acclaimed choreographer and director Drew McOnie returns to the Open Air Theatre to direct. He previously choreographed the theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The 2016 Olivier Award winner is currently riding high on a wave of success. Fresh from directing Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom at the Yorkshire Playhouse for Christmas 2016, he’s also directing The Wild Party at the newly opened The Other Palace from February 2017.
In many ways, On The Town is the perfect show for McOnie. The 1944 musical was based on a ballet, Fancy Free, created by Jerome Robbins, that also used music by Bernstein and had proved a hit for the American Ballet Theatre. The musical theatre version keeps many dance scenes and involves several ballet numbers. In that way it’s similar to An American In Paris, which runs in the West End this year.
Using book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, On The Town recreates the hijinks of three American sailors. They have 24-hour shore leave in New York during the Second World War. And they’re looking for some girls to have a good time with and a chance to let their hair down.
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 finalist Danny Mac leads the cast, along with Jeremy Taylor and Fred Haig. Lizzy Connolly, who starred in The Wild Party and Vanities The Musical joins them. Siena Kelly, Miriam-Teak Lee, Maggie Steed, Naoko Mori, Rodney Earl Clarke and Mark Heenehan also star.
On The Town includes the iconic songs New York, New York, Lonely Town and I Can Cook, Too. A film adaptation was also made in 1949.
On The Town runs at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 19 May – 1 July 2017.
Map & Location
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regents ParkLondonNW1 4NU