On the Town

Opening Date : October 16, 2014
Theater : Lyric Theatre

The quintessential New York Broadway show,
ON THE TOWN, is a rollicking, heartfelt musical comedy that appeals to all ages and that manages to feel as wholesome as it is sexy, as modern as it is a classic. This 70th Anniversary Revival celebrates the New York City that every first-time visitor wants to believe in. The show is an unapologetic and uniquely American mix of high art and burlesque with a dash of patriotism. The book was written during wartime and the show opened in late 1944 just as the Allies turned the tide of WW II. During its run of almost 500 performances, the war ended and Americans celebrated their new place in the world order with brash, youthful enthusiasm.

Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote a simple story based on an original Jerome Robbins ballet called “Fancy Free” – still being performed in the repertoire of NYC Ballet today. The story features one of Broadway’s most celebrated scores by Leonard Bernstein. All four of these musical theater masters were in their late 20s and just embarking on their now legendary careers when they created this early masterpiece. Their youth and optimism comes through in the ambitious, fun, exuberant and sexually charged book, lyrics, music and dance.

Directed with humor and heart by John Rando (Tony Award, Best Director, Urinetown) this show has a gorgeous score played by a full orchestra and includes one of the best and most recognizable opening numbers in Broadway history: “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!” The show races along with spectacular storytelling through a mix of classic and contemporary dance sequences created by Emmy Award-winning (for “Smash”) choreographer Joshua Bergasse. John Rando’s ON THE TOWN opened to rave reviews at City Center Encores and then at Barrington Stage in the Berkshires in the summer of 2013. It is a sincere, honest and bracing revival which presents the original work with the same candor and honesty about the courtship exploits of young men and women that we see in the most hilarious and cutting-edge television and film romances.

Credits

music by Leonard Bernstein
book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Awards

  • FOUR TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
  • THREE DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
  • FOUR OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
  • TWO DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
  • TWO FRED AND ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS
  • FIVE FRED AND ADELE ASTAIRE AWARD NOMINATIONS
  • FOUR AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS INCLUDING FAVORITE MUSICAL REVIVAL
  • THEATRE WORLD AWARD

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