Tony Yazbeck Will Topline On the Town National Tour

News   Tony Yazbeck Will Topline On the Town National Tour
 
One week after Tony Yazbeck earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Gabey in the Broadway revival of the classic musical comedy On the Town, it was announced that he will take his performance to the rest of North America in a 2016-2017 national tour.

Dates, cities and the rest of the cast are yet to be announced.

The iconic musical created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins opened on Broadway in October 2014 at the Lyric (formerly the Foxwoods and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts), where it continues.

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This production is nominated for four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical (Yazbeck), Best Choreography (Joshua Bergasse), and Best Direction of a Musical (John Rando).

The production, which marked 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 made his Broadway debut as a choreographer with this show. They will recreate their work for the tour, which is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Bernstein's birth. Yazbeck plays one of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in World War II-era Manhattan. "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 and projection design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jason Lyons, costume design by Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein, sound design by Tony nominee Kai Harada and hair and makeup design by Leah Loukas.

On the Town is produced by Howard & Janet Kagan, Severn Partners Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris & Jack W. Batman, Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Marie Black, Michael J. Moritz Jr., Ambassador Theatre Group, Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney, Dominick Laruffa Jr. & Rob Hinderliter, Corey Brunish & Brisa Trinchero, Kim Schall, Michael Rubenstein, Margie & Bryan Weingarten, Allan & Adam Gordon, LGP Theatrical, Matt Ross/Ben Feldman, Pamela Cooper and Barrington Stage Company.

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