On the Town opens Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2017 season – Drew McOnie directs

Sought-after choreographer Drew McOnie

Drew McOnie directs and choreographs On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Picture: Roy Tan

The musical On the Town opens Timothy Sheader’s tenth season as artistic director at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Playing from 19 May 2017 to 1 July, the production will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, On the Town will be the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre.

McOnie scored a hit with his choreography for Jesus Christ Superstar in 2016 and, in addition to In The Heights for which he won the Olivier Award as Best Theatre Choreographer, he has also choreographed Jekyll and Hyde and The Lorax (Old Vic), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith) and Hairspray and Chicago (Curve, Leicester). He is currently directing and choreographing Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

As previously announced, following its sell-out success in 2016, Jesus Christ Superstar returns for just 41 performances (11 August – 16 September), giving audiences one final chance to see the production in its original home.

With direction by Timothy Sheader, design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie, musical supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph, the production won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Awards and has received 15 nominations in the BroadwayWorld Awards, including Theatrical Event of the Year. Casting information will be announced in due course.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Memberships are on sale now and priority booking for members will open at 11am, 22 November. Public booking opens at 11am, 15 December.

www.openairtheatre.com

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