Inside Broadway to Present 50-Minute On the Town for Kids and Families

News   Inside Broadway to Present 50-Minute On the Town for Kids and Families A new 50-minute version of the classic Leonard Bernstein musical On the Town will be offered next month at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Presented by Inside Broadway — one of the city's leading professional theatre companies geared toward a family audience — On the Town will play four Saturdays: April 9, 16 and 23 and May 7. Show time is 10:30 AM. The production is part of Inside Broadway's Weekend Family Theatre Series, created in 2002 by Inside Broadway Executive Director Michael Presser. The series has previously presented such musicals as The Pirates of Penzance; Kiss Me, Kate; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Smokey Joe's Cafe.

The Inside Broadway production of On the Town has been updated with modern dialogue and musical arrangements and features a cast of seven. Theatregoers can expect to hear such Bernstein gems as "I Can Cook, Too," "Lonely Town" and "New York, New York."

The creative team for On the Town comprises Corinne Aquilina (musical direction), Brett Smock (stage direction and choreography), Jen Price (set design) and David Henderson (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.

Tickets, priced at $15, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting the Lucille Lortel Theatre box office (121 Christopher Street). Tickets are also available by mail order (Inside Broadway, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 802, New York, NY 10036). For more information about Inside Broadway, visit Click Here. *

Inside Broadway was founded in 1982 by Michael Presser at the invitation of Bernard B. Jacobs, the late president of The Shubert Organization, Inc., as an effort to establish a student ticket program for the Broadway musical Cats. Since that time, the organization has become one of the largest producers of theatre for young audiences in New York City.

Members of the cast of Inside Broadway's production of <i>On the Town</i>
Members of the cast of Inside Broadway's production of On the Town Photo by Elena Olivo
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