REVIEW ROUND-UP: On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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Discover what critics have been saying about Drew McOnie‘s production of the musical starring Danny Mac and Maggie Steed… 

The Independent: “this deserves to be a helluva hit”

The Guardian: “this breezy, joyful navy lark is a helluva lot of fun.”

The Telegraph: “Very charming, all told, then, but not irresistibly so.”

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The Stage:  “The stand-out man is recent Strictly Come Dancing finalist and Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, as Gabe, whose effortless tenor gives gorgeous voice to one of the show’s loveliest, most mellow numbers Lonely Town”

Time Out: “can’t stop the second half from losing steam through dance number after dance number – especially since the McOnie’s reimagined routines don’t have the mad tap-dancing intensity of the original.”

Evening Standard: “Yet there are no real show-stopping numbers in time-honoured musical theatre fashion; the best known, New York, New York, is oddly thrown away.”

Broadway World: “Whilst On The Town isn’t a lifechanging or revolutionary show, with an excellent cast and creative team this production is fantastic old-school fun and well worth a look.”

London Theatre.co.uk: “It is the dancing that is the stand-out, and with the West End currently also featuring the ballet-based An American in Paris and the tap-dance storm of 42nd Street, there’s never been a better time to see dance being so exhilaratingly celebrated on the London musical stage.”

The Express:  “New York, New York is a helluva town. And this is a helluva show.”

British Theatre Guide:  “The cast is strong, the choreography impressive, the jazz balletic sequences exciting.”

West End Wilma:  “On The Town has all the ingredients to be a hit, but despite its best efforts just misses ever so slightly. It is however, an enjoyable evenings entertainment and seeing any show in the glorious surrounds of Regents Park is an event in itself.”

TheatreWorldim2.com: “McOnie’s approach embodies the fluency and vigour needed to convey New York’s positive, if impersonal, energy.”

City Am: “it’s impossible not to fall for this classically charming rom-com.”

The Upcoming: “Filled with sweet humour and high energy, On the Town is perfect for a lighthearted night out.”

The Sweet London Life: “McOnie has perfectly captured the pastiche of the piece by incorporating the Jazz dance style influences of Robbins, but with an added contemporary twist and in the big ensemble numbers you can feel the energy emanating from the stage.”

On the Town will continue to play at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park until the 1st July.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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