Hollyoaks’ Danny Mac is to star in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s opening production of its 2017 season, On The Town this May.
Mac, who has been refining his dancing skills in Strictly, is joined by Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor as the three sailors, Gabey, Chip and Ozzie, originally played in the film version by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin.
Siena Kelly, Lizzy Connolly and Miriam-Teak Lee play Ivy, Hildy and Claire, played in the film by Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller.
Also joining the cast are Maggie Steed as Madame Dilly, Naoko Mori as Lucy Schmeeler, Rodney Earl Clarke as The Workman and Mark Heenehan as Judge Pitkin.
Danny Mac (Gabey) was a finalist in Strictly Come Dancing 2016 and, with dancing partner Oti Mabuse, has recently completed the Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tour.
He has played Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage in Hollyoaks, and has starred in the West End production of Wicked.
Fred Haig (Chip) is a recent graduate of LAMDA. Jeremy Taylor (Ozzie) has also appeared in Wicked as well as We Will Rock You, The Sound of Music and Evita.
Completing the cast are: Michelle Andrews, Myles Brown, Matthew Caputo, Edward Chitticks, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Cristina Hoey, James Leece, Jacob Maynard, Rachel Muldoon, Melissa Nettleford, Emily Ann Potter, Mollie Melia Redgrave, Lisa Ritchie, Barnaby Thompson, Sam Salter and Brandon Lee Sears.
On The Town is based on a concept by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The show will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie who won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography, for In the Heights, before scoring a hit with his choreography for Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre in 2016.
On The Town plays at the OAT from May 19 to July 1.
The season continues with A Tale of Two Cities (7 July – 8 August); a family-friendly Oliver Twist (17 July – 5 August) and a return of Jesus Christ Superstar for just 41 performances (11 August – 16 September).