PHOTO CALL: A First Look at the High-Energy New Broadway Revival of On the Town!

News   PHOTO CALL: A First Look at the High-Energy New Broadway Revival of On the Town! The Broadway revival of the classic musical comedy On the Town began performances Sept. 20 at 8 PM at the newly renamed Lyric Theatre.

The iconic musical created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins will officially open Oct. 16 at the Lyric (formerly the Foxwoods and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts).

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Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves and the cast
Photo by Joan Marcus
The production, which marks the 70th anniversary of the classic musical, is directed by Tony winner John Rando, who helmed the recent, critically acclaimed City Center Encores! and Barrington Stage productions of On the Town. It also features choreography by Joshua Bergasse, who choreographed the Barrington Stage production and is making his Broadway debut as a choreographer with this show.

The cast is headed by Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as the sailors on 24-hour shore leave who take on the Big Apple; Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley as the women who steal their hearts; and Jackie Hoffman in the role of Madame Dilly with Tony Award winner Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin, Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler, Tony nominee Phillip Boykin and Stephen DeRosa.

The ensemble comprises Chip Abbott, Tanya Birl, Angela Brydon, Holly Ann Butler, Julius Carter, Peter Chursin, Kristine Covillo, Lori Ann Ferreri, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Eloise Kropp, Brandon Leffler, Jess Leprotto, Cory Lingner, Skye Mattox, Michael Rosen, Samantha Sturm, Christopher Vo, Cody Williams and Mikey Winslow.

"The Bronx is up, the Battery's down, and three sailors are hoping to get just a little bit lucky on their one day of leave in the Big Apple," according to press notes. "From the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Coney Island to Times Square and Carnegie Hall, On the Town zigzags through New York City as the sailors and the three high-spirited young women they meet chase love, dreams, and each other during an unforgettable day in the city that never sleeps." The score features the standards “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time” and are being played with their original orchestrations, performed by what is the largest orchestra on Broadway, with 28 musicians led by musical director James Moore.

The production also has scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jason Lyons, costume design by Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein and sound design by Tony nominee Kai Harada.

On the Town is produced by Howard and Janet Kagan.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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