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The Royal Exchange, The Hallé Orchestra and The Lowry in association with Kenneth H Wax presents

Wonderful Town

Starring Connie Fisher with The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder*

In Spring 2012

For the first time ever The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Hallé Orchestra and The Lowry will combine their artistic forces and present this remarkable fully staged, brilliantly choreographed production of the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s musical comedy, Wonderful Town.

At the creative helm will be The Royal Exchange’s Artistic Director Braham Murray with Bernstein’s lush musical score performed by world-famous Hallé Orchestra.


Connie Fisher, star of The Sound of Music and winner of the BBC’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, plays aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood who arrives in New York with her beautiful younger sister Eileen. The indomitable pair meet an array of colourful characters along the way, creating chaos at every turn in their search for romance, success and a free meal at Walgreens deli.

Wonderful Town first premièred in New York in 1953 where it won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The 2003 revival also won further Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

‘To direct a great musical with a fabulous orchestra and world renowned conductor is a dream come true. There is only one word to describe it…WONDERFUL!’

Braham Murray OBE (Joint Artistic Director of The Royal Exchange Theatre).

16 performances only!

Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green

Based upon the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories of Ruth Mckenney

Director Braham Murray OBE
Conductor Mark Elder
Set & Costume Design Simon Higlett


* Sat 31 March – Sat 14 April performances will be conducted by Mark Elder with the exception of the matinee on Sat 7 April, which will be conducted by Robert Houssart.

Mon 16 – Sat 21 April performances will be conducted by Wonderful Town’s Musical Director James Burton.

**Please note that the matinees on the 18th and 21st April will begin at 2.30pm**

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