PHOTO CALL: On the Town at Chicago's Marriott Theatre

By Joseph Marzullo
20 Aug 2014

The first major Chicago production of On the Town, the musical comedy about sailors and romance during wartime, officially opens at the Windy City's Marriott Theatre Aug. 20 following previews that began Aug. 13.

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Jeff Smith, Max Clayton and Seth Danner
Photo by Peter Coombs and the Marriott Theatre



The musical, which features a score by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, runs through Oct. 12.

David H. Bell directs a cast that features Max Clayton as Gabey, Seth Danner as Chip, Jeff Smith as Ozzie, Marya Grandy as Hildy, Alison Jantzie as Ivy and Johanna McKenzie Miller as Claire. Also starring in the production are Alex Goodrich, Barbara Robertson, Brandi Wooten, Ryan Bernsten, Giovanni Bonaventura, Jordan Fife Hunt, Ellen Green, Monique Haley, Raymond Interior, Tiffany Krause, Kristina Larson-Hauk, Jeff Max, Andrew Purcell, Sam Rogers, Desiree Staples, Elizabeth Telford and Melissa Zaremba.



"Based on Bernstein’s 1944 ballet, Fancy Free, sailors Gabey, Ozzie and Chip have only 24 hours to see the famous sights and find romance before they report back to the ship," press notes state. "From the Bronx to the Battery, the explosion of song and dance that ensues proves that 'New York, New York, it’s a helluva town.' On the Town features the classic hits 'New York, New York,' 'I Can Cook Too' and 'Lonely Town.'"

On the Town features choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Ryan T. Nelson. The production team is led by the Marriott Theatre’s lead artistic director Andy Hite. Set design is by Tom Ryan, costume design is by Nancy Missimi, lighting design is by Jesse Klug, sound design is by Bob Gilmartin and properties design is by Sally Weiss. The Marriott Theatre orchestra is conducted by musical supervisor Patti Garwood.

The Marriott Theatre is located at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Visit MarriotTheatre.com for more information.