The Broadway revival of the innovative musical On The Town, which is at the Lyric Theatre, received great reviews. Jesse Green of New York Magazine summed up all critical responses by saying, “Get yourself to On the Town!” The musical, based on Jerome Robbins’ dance piece entitled Fancy Free, follows three sailors on leave in NYC during World War II. On the Town, which features standards such as “New York, New York” and “I Can Cook Too,” was created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Robbins.
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Show InformationPreview: Sep. 20, 2014 Open: October 16, 2014 Closed: September 6, 2015
- The Lyric Theatre Restored for On the Town
CASTGabey Tony Yazbeck Chip Jay Armstrong Johnson Ozzie Clyde Alves Hildy Alysha Umphress Ivy Smith Megan Fairchild Claire Elizabeth Stanley Madame Dilly Jackie Hoffman Judge Pitkin Michael Rupert Lucy Schmeeler Allison Guinn
CREATIVE STAFFBook & Lyrics Betty Comden and Adolph Green Music Leonard Bernstein Director John Rando Choreographer Joshua Bergasse Settings Beowulf Boritt Costumes Jess Goldstein Lighting Jason Lyons Sound Kai Harada Musical Director James Moore Based on an original concept by Jerome Robbins
It is New York, New York, and three sailors are on leave and ready to have a fantastic time in the Big Apple. That’s the basic idea behind On the Town, a musical that looks at sex, longing, and frivolity during World War II. On the Town is a tour of NYC, as we go from the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Coney Island to Times Square and Carnegie Hall, and a tour-de-force for its creators.
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- This production features a 28-piece orchestra playing the original arrangements from the first Broadway production. On the Town takes us on a one-day journey through the greatest city in the world, giving us insights into the young men and women who would eventually be called the Greatest Generation. On the Town has received rave reviews. As an example, reviewer Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal says, “When did you last see a musical that MADE YOU WANT TO SHOUT WITH JOY? If you’ve been feeling anxious about the lukewarm state of American musical comedy, get ready to GET HOT AGAIN: ON THE TOWN IS EVERYTHING A GREAT SHOW SHOULD BE. ANYONE WHO ISN’T THRILLED BY THIS PRODUCTION NEEDS A HEART TRANSPLANT.”