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Wonderful Town at Opera Holland Park: first look

Bernstein's piece is revived outdoors

Ako Mitchell
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Wonderful Town, the classic Leonard Bernstein musical, is being revived at Opera Holland Park this summer, running for a strictly limited season to 4 July 2021.

Ako Mitchell, Jason Kajdi, Louise Dearman and Gregory Haney
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The show centres on sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood as they arrive in 1930s New York and are thrown into a world of madcap adventures, zany characters and endless possibilities.

Ako Mitchell, Roger Dipper, Tamsin Dowsett
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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.

Billy Nevers, Robson Broad
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Leading the piece are Louise Dearman (Ruth) and Siubhan Harrison (Eileen), joined by Ashley Daniels (Appopolous), Roger Dipper (Frank Lippencott), Tamsin Dowsett (Mrs Wade), Gregory Haney (Speedy Valentine), Emma Harrold (Helen), Jason Kajdi (Officer Lonigan), Alex Lodge (Chick Clark), Ako Mitchell (Bob Baker), Billy Nevers (The Wreck), Jade Albertsen, Natasha Leaver and Robson Broad.

Alex Lodge, Siubhan Harrison, Roger Dipper
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The production is directed by Alastair Knights, with choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, musical direction by Alex Parker and orchestrations by Jason Carr, with Guy Salim as assistant choreographer and Alex Stenhouse as assistant director.

Company
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Emma Harrold, Billy Nevers
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Jason Kajdi, Jade Albersen
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Louise Dearman and company
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Louise Dearman and Siubhan Harrison
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Louise Dearman
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Natasha Leaver, Robson Broad, Billy Nevers, Gregory Haney, Jade Albertsen and Jason Kajdi
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Robson Broad, Louise Dearman
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Siubhan Harrison, Ashley Daniels, Louise Dearman
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Siubhan Harrison and Louise Dearman
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Siubhan Harrison
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