Directed by Dan Mojica with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach and choreography by Lee Martino, On the Town will begin performances at UCLA's Freud Playhouse Sept. 20 with an official opening Sept. 21. The limited engagement will play through Oct. 2.
The three sailors who have a 24-hour leave in Manhattan will be played by David Elder (Gabey), David Brouwer (Ozzie) and Jeffrey Schechter (Chip). The remainder of the cast comprises Harriet Harris (Madame Dilly), Tami Tappan Damiano as Claire De Loone, Larry Cedar as Pitkin Bridgework, Alanna Ubach as Hildy and Kate Levering as Miss Turnstiles.
The company features Jody Ashworth, Shell Bauman, Seth Belliston, Bradley Benjamin, Courtney Combs Doctor, Alissa Nicole Korblentz, Joseph Marshall, Kim Mikesell, Natalie Nucci, Aaron Pomeroy, Justin Robertson, Bryce Ryness, Yvette Tucker, Jacob ben Widmar, Kristen Beth Williams and Vincent Zamora.
The On the Town creative team includes Brad Kaye (set design), Tom Ruzika (lighting design), Phil Allen (sound design) and Mirena Rada (costume design).
On the Town features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins, the musical love letter to Manhattan opened on Broadway at the Adelphi Theatre in December 1944. Directed by George Abbott with choreography by Robbins, the cast featured Sono Osato, Nancy Walker, Cris Alexander, John Battles, Robert Chisholm, Comden, Green, Ray Harrison and Susan Steell. The musical was revived on Broadway in 1971 and 1998. The 1949 film featured Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen, Florence Bates, Alice Pearce and George Meader. On the Town will play Tuesday-Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7 PM. Tickets, priced $55-$65, are available by calling (310) 825-2101 or by visiting www.reprise.org. The UCLA Freud Playhouse is located in Macgowan Hall.