Yazbeck, Borle, Kritzer, Cumpsty, Martin and More Cast in Encores! On the Town

News   Yazbeck, Borle, Kritzer, Cumpsty, Martin and More Cast in Encores! On the Town Complete casting has been announced for On the Town, the opening production of City Center's 2008-2009 Encores! season. Directed by John Rando, the Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical will play the famed Manhattan venue Nov. 19-23.
Leslie Kritzer
Leslie Kritzer Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The cast will be headed by Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line) as Gabey, Christian Borle (Legally Blonde the Musical, Spamalot) as Ozzie, Justin Bohon (Oklahoma!, All Shook Up) as Chip, Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line) as Ivy, Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde the Musical) as Hildy Esterhazy, Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown, Wicked) as Claire DeLoone, Andrea Martin (Young Frankenstein, My Favorite Year, Oklahoma!) as Madame P. Dilly, Michael Cumpsty (Copenhagen, 42nd Street) as Pitkin W. Bridgework and Julyana Soelistyo (Golden Child) as Lucy Schmeeler.

The company will also include Lawrence Alexander, Andrea Beasom, Kristine Bendul, Tanya Birl, Angie Canuel, John Carroll, Rachel Coloff, Michael Cusumano, Susan Derry, Emilee Dupre, Autumn Hurlbert, Ryan Jackson, Mary MacLeod, Monica L. Patton, Adam Perry, Steve Schepis, Geno Segers, Charlie Sutton, Kevin Vortmann, Price Waldman, J.D. Webster and Ashley Yeater.

On the Town, which will feature music direction by Todd Ellison and choreography by Warren Carlyle, is part of the citywide Leonard Bernstein 90th birthday celebration, Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds. Carlyle will re-create Jerome Robbins' 1944 choreography of "New York, New York," "You Got Me," and "Times Square Ballet."

The design team will comprise John Lee Beatty (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Clifton Taylor (lighting) and Tom Morse (sound).

"Set in wartime 1944," On the Town, according to press notes, "chronicles the adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City. Their fabulous day-long journey is spurred by a search for sailor Gabey's dream girl, 'Miss Turnstiles.' Along the way, each sailor falls in love with a woman, and with New York City itself." Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins, On the Town features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The musical opened at the Adelphi Theatre December 28, 1944, directed by George Abbott with choreography by Jerome Robbins, and ran for 462 performances. For tickets call (212) 581-1212 or visit www.nycitycenter.org. City Center is located in Manhattan at West 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

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The Encores! season will continue with Music in the Air (Feb. 5-8, 2009) and Finian's Rainbow (March 26-29, 2009).

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