A new chamber production of Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town will be the final presentation in All Star Productions’ 2016 season.
Following on from the company’s recent critically acclaimed Babes in Arms, Wonderful Town will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 12-30 October.
Based on the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov which was in turn inspired by the short stories by Ruth McKenney, Wonderful Town features a score by Bernstein with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The latest example of All Star Productions’ commitment to producing revivals of rarely produced musicals, Wonderful Town premiered on Broadway in 1953 ahead of a West End run two years later.
The first UK staging of the show since a touring production in 2012 will be directed by Tim McArthur with musical direction by Aaron Clingham.
They will be joined by choreographer Ian Pyle and producer Andrew Yon with casting by Benjamin Newsome.
A love letter to the city of New York in the 1930s, the show follows the fortunes of two sisters from rural Ohio who move to the Big Apple to live among the artists in vibrant Greenwich Village.
The multi-award winning Wonderful Town was last seen in the West End in 1987 and the show’s most recent Broadway production ran from November 2003 until January 2005.