Casting Announced: On The Town
By Open Air Theatre
Casting is confirmed for the first production of our 2017 season, On The Town, which opens 19 May.
Danny Mac, Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor take the roles of Gabey, Chip and Ozzie, made famous on film by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. Siena Kelly, Lizzy Connolly and Miriam-Teak Lee play the roles of Ivy, Hildy and Claire, with Maggie Steed as Madame Dilly and Naoko Mori as Lucy Schmeeler.
Danny Mac was a finalist in Strictly Come Dancing 2016 having previously appeared in Wicked (Victoria Apollo) and as Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage in Hollyoaks. Jeremy Taylor’s credits include Fiyero in Wicked (Victoria Apollo), We Will Rock You (Dominion) and The Sound of Music (Palladium and UK Tour). Lizzy Connolly is currently appearing in The Wild Party (The Other Palace) having also appeared in Once In A Lifetime (Young Vic) and the TV series The Windsors.
We are delighted to welcome Fred Haig, Siena Kelly and Miriam-Teak Lee, who all make their professional West End debuts in On The Town.
Maggie Steed has enjoyed an extensive career on film, television and stage. Film and television highlights include Florence Foster Jenkins, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassis, The Painted Veil, Larkrise to Candleford, Jam and Jerusalem, Pie in the Sky, Victoria Wood’s As Seen On TV and the E4 series, Chewing Gum. Her stage career includes roles at the National Theatre, RSC and Royal Court, and recent credits include Richard II (Trafalgar Transformed), The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange), The School for Scandal (Bath Theatre Royal) and Trelawney of the Wells (Donmar Warehouse).
Naoko Mori played the role of Kim in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Noel Coward). Her extensive television credits include Toshiko Sato in Torchwood, Sarah (aka Titikaka) in Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who, Humans, Vexed, and Yoko Ono in Lennon Naked. Her film credits include Everest, Topsy Turvy, Spiceworld, and the upcoming film Life.
Also cast are Rodney Earl Clarke (The Workman) and Mark Heenehan (Judge Pitkin).
Rodney Earl Clarke has appeared in productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte and in the title role of Don Giovanni, as well as productions of Porgy and Bess with the Berlin Philharmonic (as Jake), with The Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen (as Crown), and with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Sante Cecilia, Rome (as Porgy). Mark Heenehan most recently appeared in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly), with previous credits including Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera), Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre), and Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/Old Vic).
Completing the cast of On The Town are: Michelle Andrews, Myles Brown, Matthew Caputo, Edward Chitticks, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Cristina Hoey, James Leece, Jacob Maynard, Rachel Muldoon, Melissa Nettleford, Emily Ann Potter, Mollie Melia Redgrave, Lisa Ritchie, Barnaby Thompson, Sam Salter and Brandon Lee Sears.
The production is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, who was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography for Jesus Christ Superstar. Musical Supervision is by Tom Deering, whose work on Jesus Christ Superstar also resulted in an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Set and Costume Designs are by Peter McKintosh who designed our productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly! and Crazy for You, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Costume Design. Lighting Design is by Howard Hudson (Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company / Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Linbury Studio / In the Heights, Southwark Playhouse) with Sound Design by Nick Lidster for Autograph. Nick has designed numerous productions at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre since 2012, and recently received an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Sound for Jesus Christ Superstar.
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