The West End arrived at Oxford’s New Theatre last week for a short run of the award winning musical Top Hat. Based on the classic RKO black and white movie of 1935 starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, this recent adaptation of the film to stage show is now touring the UK for 47 weeks after a successful London run garnering Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer (Bill Deamer), and Best Costume Design (Jon Morrell). A treat to see such a full and colourful musical production with large ensemble and live band, and to enjoy wonderful and witty Irving Berlin songs. To fill out the show original favourites from the film such as “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, and “Cheek to Cheek”, have been supplemented by hits from other Berlin musicals, such as “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”, as well as some intriguing lesser known numbers, thus providing more opportunities for ensemble dancing, as well as songs for leading characters originally with just acting roles. (more…)