WONDERFUL TOWN TOUR
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Hallé Orchestra and The Salford Lowry are combining their artistic forces to present legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s musical comedy Wonderful Town.
Connie Fisher (star of The Sound of Music and winner of the BBC’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?) plays aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood who arrives in New York with her beautiful younger sister Eileen played by Lucy Van Gasse. Michael Xavier (Love Story and Into the Woods) plays Bob Baker and he wil be joined by Haydn Oakley/Frank Lippencott: Joseph Alessi/Chick Clark: Michael Matus/Valenti: Sevan Stephan/Mr Appopolous: Nic Greenshields/Wreck: Graves/Helen Tiffany: Annette Yeo/Mrs Wade & Violet and Paul Hawkyard as Officer Lonigan.
Plus members of the ensemble: Natalie Moore-Williams, Katy Hards, Lucinda Lawrence, Lucy James, Frankie Jenna, Oliver Roll, Bob Harms, Peter McPherson, Matt Wilman, Giovanni Spanó, Liam Wrate and Alain Terzoli.
They meet a number of colourful characters along the way, creating chaos at every turn in their search for romance, success and a free meal at Walgreens deli.
Wonderful Town first premièred in New York in 1953 where it won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The 2003 revival also won further Tony and Drama Desk Awards.
The creative team are The Royal Exchange’s Artist Director Braham Murray OBE, The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder CBE with Set & Costume Design by Simon Higlett. A 17-piece band will take over from the 65 Halle players for the final Salford week and then the tour.
Wonderful Town book is by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov: Music by Leonard Bernstein:Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. It is based upon the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories of Ruth McKenney.
THIS TOUR ENDED ON SATURDAY 7TH JULY 2012