On The Town

Open Air Theatre
Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NU

Public Previews: 19 May 2017
Opens: 25 May 2017
Closes: 1 July 2017

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Show times
Monday at 7.45pm
Tuesday at 7.45pm
Wednesday at 7.45pm
Thursday at 2.15pm and 7.45pm
Friday at 7.45pm
Saturday at 2.15pm and 7.45pm
Sunday no show
Note: Sat 20 May at 7.45pm only
Note: Thu 25 May at 7.45pm only

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On The Town

A major revival of the 'New York, New York' musical On The Town in London for a strictly limited six week season

New York, New York, itís a helluva town! Written in 1944 as an expansion of Leonard Bernstein's jazzy ballet score Fancy Free which he wrote for Jerome Robbins, the story concerns three sailors who are on 24-hour shore leave in New York City and the women they meet along the way!

The cast features Danny Mac as 'Gabey', Fred Haig as 'Chip' and Jeremy Taylor as 'Ozzie', Siena Kelly as 'Ivy', Lizzy Connolly as 'Hildy', Miriam-Teak Lee as 'Claire', Maggie Steed as 'Madame Dilly' and Naoko Mori as 'Lucy Schmeeler'. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie with designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Nick Lidster. Music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on an idea by Jerome Robbins.

The weather Every theatre performance is unique, but this is especially the case here at the Open Air Theatre where both the stage and auditorium seating are completely uncovered and open to the elements. It is therefore best to come prepared for all types of weather. It is particularly important to bring a jumper for the end of evening performances. Bad weather may mean that performances have to be stopped and be re-started but, on average, 94% of performances are completed each season. In the event that the performance is abandoned due to bad weather, no refunds are given, but you can exchange your tickets for a future performance. Performances are never cancelled prior to the start time. Please speak to a member of staff on the evening.

On The Town in London at the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park public previews from 19 May 2017, opens on 25 May 2017 and closes on 1 July 2017


On the Town - 1st London Revival by the English National Opera 2005 and 2007

Previewed 5 March 2005, Opened 10 March 2005, Closed 28 May 2005 (in repertory) at the London Coliseum
Opened 20 April 2007, Closed 25 May 2007 at the London Coliseum

English National Opera's Olivier Award-nominated production of On the Town returns to The London Coliseum for 20 performances only with a huge cast, chorus and orchestra of 105 - following its smash-hit Olivier Award-nominated season in March 2005

The cast for this 2007 production of On The Town in London features Caroline O'Connor as 'Hildy Esterhazy', Helen Anker as 'Ivy Smith', Lucy Schaufer as 'Claire de Loone', Janine Duvitski as 'Lucy Schmeeler', Alison Jiear as 'Dolores Dolores' and Rodney Clarke as 'Master of Ceremonies', who all reprise their roles from the 2005 staging. They are joined by Sean Palmer as 'Chip', Ryan Molloy as 'Ozzie' and Joshua Dallas as 'Gabey'. The cast for the 2005 included Adam Garcia as 'Chip', Tim Howar as 'Ozzie' and Aaron Lazar as 'Gabey'. Directed by Jude Kelly with choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Robert Jones and lighting by Mark Henderson. The orchestra is conducted by Simon Lee.

The 2005 season, which was extended due to public demand and played in repertory as part of the opera season, was performed for a total of 20 performances (including one preview performances). The return 2007 season played as a 'stand-alone' straight run for a total of 20 performances with no previews.

"On The Town, Bernstein's 1944 valentine to the Big Apple, is a magnificently ambitious work. Like the sprawling place if reflects, it is swaggering, edgy, rowdy, melancholic, sleazy and sexy, but above all it's exhilarating. As the song goes, New York is 'a helluva town' and this is a helluva score. In Jude Kelly's hugely enjoyable revival at the vast Coliseum, thanks to a full orchestra, you hear it in all its glory." The Mail on Sunday

"For all the thinness of the plot and book, On the Town has a first-rate score, with more 'hit numbers per quarter-hour than your average Lloyd Webber offers in an entire evening: songs such as the wistful Lonely Town and the ravishing quartet We'll Catch Up Some Other Time. The dance sequences, more extended than in most musicals, betray On the Town's origins as a ballet, and it is wonderful to hear the score played by a large opera house band, even though the orchestrations are not Bernstein's own. ENO has done On the Town proud, even if Jude Kelly's staging and Stephen Mear's choreography lack the last degree of slickness you would expect from a Cameron Mackintosh spectacular. ENO has neither the budget nor the rehearsal time available to a big West End extravaganza. An extra week of previews would have sharpened everyone up, but the economics of an opera house are not those of Drury Lane or the Palladium... Kelly's production cleverly disguises the holes in the plot with changes of Robert Jones's ingeniously suggestive sets - mainly consisting of girders that light up spectacularly for the nightclub scenes. The collapsing dinosaur skeleton in the Natural History Museum is a big, operatic coup de theatre." The Sunday Times

"I am sure that English National Opera will fill the London Coliseum for the 17 performances of its new production of On the Town, Bernstein's Broadway musical about three sailors on shore leave in New York in 1944. Produced with immense zest by Jude Kelly and choreographed snazzily by Stephen Mear, it makes an enjoyable evening provided one does not think too hard about possible comparisons. Drury Lane's recent Anything Goes, for instance, leaves this at the starting-gate not only as a spectacle but because the work itself is musically superior." The Sunday Telegraph


On The Town - London Concert Revival at the Royal Festival Hall 2000

Opened 1 October 2000, Closed 3 October 2000 at the Royal Festival Hall

Three performances only. The cast featured Karl Daymond as 'Chip', Graham Bickley as 'Ozzie', Brent Barrett as 'Gabey', Kim Criswell as 'Hildy Esterhazy', Lillian Watson as 'Ivy Smith' and Sally Burgess as 'Claire de Loone' with narration by Julia McKenzie and Ned Sherrin. Presented and recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.


On the Town - Original London Production at the Prince of Wales Theatre 1963

Opened 30 May 1963, Closes 13 July 1963 at the Prince of Wales Theatre

The cast featured Elliott Gould as 'Ozzie', Don McKay as 'Gabey, Franklin Kiser as 'Chip', Carol Arthur as 'Hildy', Andrea Jaffe as 'Ivy Smith' and Gillian Lewis as 'Claire'. Directed and choreographed by Joe Layton with sets by Oliver Smith and costumes by Cynthia Tingey.