Winner of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" Will Land Role in Broadway Revival

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03 Jul 2014

Choreographer Josh Bergasse
Choreographer Josh Bergasse
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The forthcoming Broadway production of On the Town and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" have teamed up to offer the winner of Season 11 a role in the Broadway revival, which begins performances Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre.

The show’s winner, crowned “America’s Favorite Dancer,” will be offered the opportunity to join the On the Town cast in spring 2015.

On the July 9 broadcast of "So You Think You Can Dance," which begins at 8 PM ET, On the Town choreographer Joshua Bergasse will choreograph a performance of the musical's opening number, “New York, New York,” featuring the Top 20 finalists.

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

The production, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the classic musical, will be directed by Tony winner John Rando, who helmed the recent, critically acclaimed City Center Encores! and Barrington Stage productions of On the Town. It will feature choreography by Bergasse, who choreographed the Barrington Stage production and will be making his Broadway debut as a choreographer with this show.



The cast will be led by Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as the sailors on 24-hour shore leave who take on the Big Apple, with Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley as the women who steal their hearts.

On the Town was created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins.

"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 will be played with their original orchestrations, performed by what will be the largest orchestra on Broadway, with 28 musicians led by musical director James Moore.

The upcoming production will also feature 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.