The glamour and glitz of 1930s Hollywood arrives in West Yorkshire just in time for Christmas with a ritzy production of the hit musical Top Hat.
Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, including Cheek to Cheek, White Tie and Tails, Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Putting on the Ritz, it tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers (played by Alan Burkitt) who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont (Charlotte Gooch).
The original film premiered in 1935, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and broke all box office records. For RKO Radio Pictures, who made the movie, it was their biggest earner in the 1930s. It contained five songs that became classics.
After a West End run that ended in August this year, the current musical production, which won three Olivier Awards – for Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design – embarked on a 47-week national tour.
As well as the original songs, the new show uses other favourites from Irving Berlin’s prolific output.
Adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques, the show has played to rave reviews at The Aldwych Theatre in London.
Leading man Alan Burkitt has appeared in a number of West End and touring shows and worked on the television series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? as well as An Audience with Kylie Minogue.
Charlotte Gooch recently toured with a production of Dirty Dancing and has worked extensively in theatre both in the UK and in Germany. She is a featured dancer in the upcoming British film Meet Pursuit Delange.
Top Hat at Leeds Grand Theatre this festive season has a cast of 29 singers and dancers, 11 live musicians and a wardrobe full of glamorous costumes. It opens on Tuesday, December 23, and closes on Sunday, January 11.
Tickets are from £22 to £47 from leedsgrandtheatre.com or 0844 848 2700.