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Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2f, 4m

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin / Based on RKOs Motion Picture / Book by Howard Jacques and Matthew White

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood's golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire's and Ginger Rogers' world-famous dance partnership to the stage.
Top Hat
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 4m
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner of the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Choreography.

    Winner fo 2013 Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out.

Description

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood's golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire's and Ginger Rogers' world-famous dance partnership to the stage. This 2011 musical based on the 1935 film of the same name, tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. An uplifting and entertaining romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat features fourteen songs by Irving Berlin. These include some of his greatest hits such as "Cheek to Cheek", "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "Let's Face the Music & Dance". 

History

Top Hat the movie was made by RKO Radio Pictures in 1935 and is generally regarded as the greatest of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance musicals.

The film contains five songs, with music and lyrics written by Irving Berlin. All of the numbers became standards and then made history when they simultaneously held five positions on the radio's new 'hit parade'.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Licence details

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Specifics

Details

Setting:

Top Hat begins in New York and follows Jerry as he dances through London and Venice.

Casting

2f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Principals: 4 Men, 2 Women

JERRY TRAVERS - An American Broadway Star
HORACE HARDWICK - A British theatre producer
BATES - Horace’s personal valet (English)
DALE TREMONT - A young American society beauty
ALBERTO BEDDINI - An Italian fashion designer
MADGE HARDWICK - Horace’s wealthy American wife  

Other characters are played by the company. These include:  

New York
Broadway singer/dancers
American reporters
Jerry’s Manager    

London
Concierge of The Thackeray Club
Members of The Thackeray Club
Hotel maids
Hotel porters
Cab drivers
Hotel doorman
Rich Lady
Rich Man
Daughter
Daughter’s fiancé
Hotel florist
Florist’s assistant
Hotel Guests
Policeman
Hotel receptionist
Hotel Manager
Assistant Manager
Chorus girls at The Prince’s Theatre
Featured singer at The Prince’s Theatre
George -  Jerry’s dresser at The Prince’s Theatre
Master of Ceremonies at The Prince’s Theatre
Dancers at The Prince’s Theatre  

Venice
Hotel Guests
Waiters
Waitresses
Hotel Manager
Speciality dancers
Hotel singer 
Policeman
Fisherman  


Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Dance Requirements: Difficult
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Large
1. ''Overture'' - The Orchestra
2. ''Puttin' On The Ritz'' - Jerry Travers & Ensemble
3. ''No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)'' - Jerry Travers
4. ''No Strings (Reprise)'' - The Orchestra
5. ''I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket'' - Jerry Travers
6. ''Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)'' - Jerry Travers
7. ''You're Easy To Dance With'' - Dale Tremont
8. ''What Is Love'' - Soubrette & Female Ensemble
9. ''Top Hat, White Tie And Tails'' - Jerry Travers & Ensemble
10. ''The Piccolino'' - Madge Hardwick & Ensemble
11. ''Wild About You'' - Dale Tremont
12. ''Cheek To Cheek'' - Jerry Travers &Ensemble
13. ''Better Luck Next Time'' - Dale Tremont
14. ''Latins Know How'' - Alberto Beddini
15. ''Let's Face The Music And Dance'' - Jerry Travers & Dale Tremont
16. ''Outside Of That I Love You'' - Horace Hardwick & Madge Hardwick
17. ''I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket (Reprise)'' - Ensemble
18. ''Finale'' - Ensemble

Full Orchestration

Reed I (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
Reed II (Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone)
Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Tenor Trombone
Keyboard
Guitar
Drums/Percussion
Violin I
Violin II
Viola/Violin
Cello
Bass
Full Score

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package:
30 Libretto Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal Score
1 Reed I (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
1 Reed II (Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone)
1 Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
1 Trumpet I
1 Trumpet II
1 Tenor Trombone
1 Keyboard
1 Guitar
1 Drums/Percussion
1 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola/Violin
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Full Score


Piano Only:
30 Libretto Vocal Book
1 Piano Vocal Score

Media

Press

"A musical like this comes around once in a lifetime” — Sunday Telegraph

“One of the most wondrous evenings I’ve had" — Sunday Times

“Dripping with class and full of old-school humour" — Time Out

“Delicious, tuneful escapism.” — The Daily Mail

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Authors

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (1888-1989). With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasts over 1,000 songs, he epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous maxim that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” Berlin wrote scores to 13 Broadway musicals, contributed to seven revues, wrote so ...

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Howard Jacques

Howard Jacques co-wrote the book for TOP HAT at the Aldwych Theatre which was nominated for seven Laurence Olivier Awards winning three including Best New Musical 2013 as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out. It played in the West End for almost two years and has enjoyed two major national tours, tw ...

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Matthew White

Matthew's writing credits include TOP HAT (R&H) which enjoyed a successful West End run at the Adelphi Theatre, toured Britain and Japan, and which won three Olivier awards including Best New Musical; MR STINK, a theatrical adaptation of David Walliams's best-selling novel (Leicester Curve and national tour), FAR F ...

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