Tom Chambers and Charlotte Gooch take the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Top Hat which is currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End. The show, directed by Matthew White, is booking until 28 September 2013.
Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
Tom Chambers and Charlotte Gooch are joined by Martin Ball and Vivien Parry who play husband and wife Horace and Madge Hardwick, Ricardo Afonso as Alberto Beddini and Stephen Boswell as Horace's valet Bates. Performed by a cast of 31 and accompanied by a live band of 15, this new musical comedy includes Irving Berlin classics from the original movie. A further ten numbers have been interpolated from Berlin's 1200-strong back catalogue.
Choreographed by Bill Deamer with set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume designs are by Jon Morrell, lighting design is by Peter Mumford, sound is by Gareth Owen, new orchestrations are by Chris Walker, musical supervision is by Richard Balcombe and musical direction is by Daniel Jackson. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company.
The London cast recording of Top Hat has recently been released by First Night Records. The track list comprises Overture, Puttin' On the Ritz, No Strings (I'm Fancy Free), No Strings (reprise), I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?, You're Easy to Dance With, What Is Love?, Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, The Piccolino, Wild About You, Cheek to Cheek, Better Luck Next Time, Latins Know How, Let's Face the Music and Dance, Outside of That, I Love You, I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (reprise) and the Finale.
Top Hat is produced by Kenny Wax, and his partners on the production are Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, TEd Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.