Yay! The musical Top Hat by Irving Berlin is set to finish up its UK Tour in the West End Aldwych Theatre on 19th April 2012, so you don’t have to go out of town to get your fix for it! Based on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ legendary Hollywood hit of the 1930s, the new stage musical version stars Summer Strallen and Tom Chambers.
Tom Chambers of course wowed us all on Strictly Come Dancing; while Summer Strallen's performance in The Drowsy Chaperone bagged her role in Top Hat, with Top Hat director Matthew White admiring her song and dance skills, and what he called her “exquisite comic timing”.
Set in beautiful and lavish costumes, the musical has Jerry Travers, played by the Holby City heartthrob Tom Chambers as the famous American tap dancer who arrives in London to appear in his West End show. There he winds up at a posh hotel where he randomly starts tap-dancing away, which happens to be Dale tremont’s (Summer Strallen) ceiling. This provokes their first meeting with Dale coming up to complain, and Jerry instantly smitten on seeing her. From then on he chases Dale around London and subsequently in Venice. They, of course eventually wind up together in the end. Tom Chambers excels at his tap dancing, and clearly relishes his chance; while Dale was spot-on with her acting and totally dazzled the part down to a tee. All in all, the dancing is fabulous, the orchestra scintillating and Bill Deamer’s choreography leaves nothing to be desired.
The musical comedy includes irving Berlin’s favourites such as ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Isn’t This a Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain, ‘No Strings’, ‘Piccolino’ and ‘Top Hat, White Tie and Tails’.
The official opening day will be 19th April 2012 and the show will run until 26th January 2013.