The Royal Exchange Theatre, Hallé Orchestra and Lowry production of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical comedy, Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher opened at the Lowry Theatre, Salford last night (5 April, previews from 31 March) ahead of a national tour.

The production, which continues at the Lowry until 14 April 2012, will travel to Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Southampton, Newcastle, Woking and Plymouth finishing in Cardiff on 6 July 2012.

Fisher, who came to prominence winning the BBC and Andrew Lloyd Webber's televised search for a Maria and then starred in West End and touring productions of The Sound of Music, is joined in the cast by Lucy van Gasse, Michal Xavier, Haydn Oakley, Joseph Alessi, Michael Matus, Sevaz Stephan, Nic Greenshields, Tiffany Graves, Annette Yeo and Paul Hawkyard.

Wonderful Town first premiered in New York in 1953 where it won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. It has a book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The 2003 Broadway revival also won further Tony and Drama Desk Awards. The show was last seen in the West End in 1986.

Production images of Wonderful Town have recently been released by the show's producers.

Connie Fisher and the cast of Wonderful Town
Connie Fisher & the cast of Wonderful Town. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Connie Fisher and the cast of Wonderful Town
The cast of Wonderful Town. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Connie Fisher and the cast of Wonderful Town
Connie Fisher & the cast of Wonderful Town. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Michael Xavier in Wonderful Town
Michael Xavier in Wonderful Town. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Lucy van Gasse & the cast of Wonderful Town
Lucy van Gasse & the cast of Wonderful Town. Photo credit: Alastair Muir

Connie Fisher and the cast of Wonderful Town
Connie Fisher & the cast of Wonderful Town. Photo credit: Alastair Muir