New Creative Team Will Helm Lab of Irving Berlin Musical Top Hat; Christopher Gattelli and Chad Beguelin Attached
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli will stage a developmental lab of a new version of the Irving Berlin musical Top Hat, according to an Equity casting notice.
RKO Stage Productions, which is presenting the lab, was also involved in the West End stage production of Top Hat, which ended in October 2013. The musical is based on the classic film with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
The London version had a book by Matthew White and Howard Jacques, based on the original 1935 screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott. It was directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer. It won Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
The March 7-20 lab will feature a new book by Chad Beguelin (Aladdin, The Wedding Singer). Gattelli is a Tony Award winner for Newsies. He will direct and choreograph the new version of the production that features a score by Berlin.
In August Playbill.com reported that Tony-winning director-choreographer Tommy Tune had been approached to groom the London production for New York audiences. "It's going to need a lot of work," Tune said of re-envisioning the West End production for American audiences.
An official announcement of a U.S. production of the musical has not been made.
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