Friday, November 18

Drew McOnie to choreograph On the Town Musical at Regent's Park next May

Baz in today's Mail has just announced that Drew McOnie who choreographed the sell out  Jesus Christ Superstar, will direct and choreograph a revival of the musical On The Town which will open  the new season  at Regent 's Park Open Air Theatre  on  May 19th and run until 1st July (Press Night: 25th  May)

The show opened on Broadway in 1944 with music by Leonard Bernstein, book  and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music. Classic songs include  New York, New York; Come Up To My Place and Some Other Time. The musical integrates dance into its storytelling: Robbins made a number of ballets and extended dance sequences for the show, including the "Imaginary Coney Island" ballet.

A 1949 film version starred Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin telling the story of three  American  sailors who hit New York on 24-hour shore leave determined to see the sights, and meet three women. The musical will remain set in 1944 with casting not yet begun.

Priority Booking for the 2017 season opens at 11:00 am on  22 November; Public Booking opens at 11:00 am on 15 December.

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