On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – opening night postponed

On The Town. Photo Hugo GlendinningThis week’s press night for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town has been postponed due to the ‘incapacity’ of actor Fred Haig (playing Chip) who has broken his foot.

Billed as the Regent’s Park Theatre’s ‘biggest ever dance musical’, On the Town directed and choreographed by the multi award-winning Drew McOnie began previewing last week and was due to officially open on 25 May.

In a statement cancelling the performance on 23 May the production cited ‘poor weather conditions during technical rehearsals’ as the reason for postponing the press performances.

Featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, the opening production in the venue’s 2017 season will now hold its press performances on 30 and 31 May.

The principal cast includes Strictly Come Dancing contestant Danny Mac, recent LAMDA graduate Fred Haig, and Wicked’s Jeremy Taylor in the roles memorably played by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin in the 1949 film.

Two recent graduates of the Arts Educational School, Siena Kelly and Miriam-Teak Lee, make their professional West End debuts alongside Lizzy Connolly (The Wild Party) taking on the parts played by Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller and Betty Garrett in the film.

Veteran stage and screen star Maggie Steed also features in the cast alongside Naoko Mori, Rodney Earl Clarke, and Mark Heenehan.

Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins with music by Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the musical tale of three sailors on an eventful 24 hours’ shore leave in New York debuted on Broadway in 1944.

The Regent’s Park production is designed by Peter McKintosh with musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Howard Hudson, and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph.

The creative team also includes associate director Fiona Dunn, associate choreographer Ebony Molina, associate musical director Kevin Amos, associate director (voice and text) Barbara Houseman and casting director James Orange.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are available HERE.

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