A stage version of the 1935 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers tuner “Top Hat” will receive its world preem on a U.K. regional tour this summer.
Produced by Kenny Wax with Lee Menzies, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, the production features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; it’s based on the RKO movie screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott, adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques. It is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures, Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and the Irving Berlin Music Co.
White also will helm the production, following his successful Menier Chocolate Factory revivals of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Sweet Charity,” both of which transferred to the West End.
Choreographed by Bill Deamer, the show will be designed by recent Olivier winner Hildegard Bechtler, with costumes by Jon Morrell and lighting by Peter Mumford. The 31-strong cast is led by Tom Chambers (2008 winner of BBC reality competish “Strictly Come Dancing”) and Summer Strallen, who created the role of Meg Giry in the “Phantom” sequel “Love Never Dies.”
After opening in Milton Keynes Aug. 16, the production tours to Birmingham, Southampton, Salford Quays, Plymouth, Norwich, Canterbury, Edinburgh and Leeds prior to a projected West End berth in spring 2012.