On the Town, Directed by John Rando, Is Aiming for Broadway in 2014

News   On the Town, Directed by John Rando, Is Aiming for Broadway in 2014
A developmental dance lab workshop of the classic Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical On the Town, directed by Tony winner John Rando, will be held Dec. 8-19, according to an Actor's Equity casting notice.

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The Equity notice states that a "Broadway production [is] anticipated for early 2014." No official announcement has been made.

Josh Bergasse will choreograph; producers are Howard and Janet Kagan.

Rando, who won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for his staging of Urinetown, helmed the 2008 City Center Encores! production of On the Town, which featured choreography by Warren Carlyle. He and Bergasse were also responsible for a critically acclaimed mounting at the Barrington Stage Company in June. That production featured Tony winner Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity, Falsettos, Legally Blonde) as Judge Pitkin and Nancy Opel (Urinetown) as Madame Dilly with Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line) as Gabey, Deanna Doyle (Encores! On Your Toes) as Ivy Smith, Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet, Encores! Merrily We Roll Along) as Claire, Clyde Alves (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes) as Ozzie, Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hard Body) as Chip and Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, On a Clear Day…) as Hildy. 

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 Dec. 28, 1944, directed by George Abbott with choreography by Jerome Robbins, and ran for 462 performances.

The most recent Broadway revival, in 1998, was directed by George C. Wolfe. The cast included Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Robert Montano, Perry Laylon Ojeda and Mary Testa, among others. "Set in wartime 1944," On the Town, according to previous 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."

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