Top Hat the Musical
Stage musical based on RKO Pictures' Irving Berlin's Top Hat featuring the songs Let's Face the Music and Dance, Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.
The cast for this stage musical version of Top Hat in London features Gavin Lee as 'Jerry Travers' and Kristen Beth Williams as 'Dale Tremont' with Alex Gaumond as 'Alberto Beddini' and Clive Hayward as 'Horace Hardwick'. Please note that casting is subject to change. The production is directed by Matthew White with choreography by Bill Deamer, set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costumes by Jon Morrell, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Gareth Owen. The musical is based on the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott, adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques.
"Turning Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's made-to-measure 1935 comedy into a stage show was always going to be a hugely ambitious undertaking. The film's wonderful Art Deco looks, almost as much as its principals' dancing skills, were never going to be easily replicated. The whole thing could well have fallen flat on its face. It delights me to say, therefore, that Matthew White, the director, has somehow managed to pull it off. If there has ever been a more sublimely performed, choreographed, orchestrated and costumed musical in the past 25 years, then I certainly haven't seen it... Sacrilege it may be, but I actually think this Top Hat is even more impressive than the film, not least because it's all in glorious Technicolor. A musical like this comes around once in a lifetime." The Sunday Telegraph
"The original movie of Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, came out in 1935: a glamorous bit of silver-screen American escapism in an increasingly ominous year. Now it has been adapted for the stage for the first time, by Matthew White and Howard Jacques, and proves just as much light, jazzy, tippity-tap fun as the original... Tom Chambers, playing Jerry... is an amiable performance, and if his singing voice is a little reedy and diffident at times, his dancing is terrific, with moments of real athleticism and a pleasing double act with a hat stand. Strallen brings real star quality and more than a hint of that genuine, much-needed 1930s silver-screen glamour to the part of Dale, tall and haughty and high-kicking in her 4in stilettos... The lavish art-deco set, by Hildegard Bechtler, is superb, as are the costumes throughout; and Matthew White, who directs as well as having co-written the stage adaptation, pulls it all together with affection and style." The Sunday Times
"While director Matthew White has based this first-ever theatre version of Top Hat on the immortal 1935 motion picture with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, he hasn't been slavish. Indeed, he's cleverly borrowed half a dozen numbers, such as Wild About You and Outside Of That, I Love You from Berlin's less well-known musicals, to add bite to the candyfloss characters. Still, this is a tissue-thin tale hanging on the tenuous thread that gorgeous Dale Tremont, who models the exquisite haute-couture gowns of Italian Alberto Beddini, mistakenly thinks the tap-dancer who is pursuing her is the new husband of her old friend, Madge. She's horrified by the man's flagrant infidelity and bewildered by Madge's apparent encouragement of it. Ridiculous certainly, but ridiculously enjoyable, thanks to White's polished production, which puts on the Ritz with Hildegard Bechtler's elegant Deco designs and Jon Morrell's ravishing costumes... Some of the jokes are old hat, but White's show is otherwise top notch. It's a glorious night to be caught in the rain." The Mail on Sunday
The original cast for Top Hat featured Tom Chambers as 'Jerry Travers' (up to 2 February 2013) and Summer Strallen as 'Dale Tremont' (up to 24 November 2012).
Top Hat in London at the Aldwych Theatre previewed from 19 April 2012 and opened on 9 May 2012.