"So You Think You Can Dance" Names Winner; Is Broadway Next?

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ABC Television revealed Sept. 3 that 18-year-old dancer Ricky Ubeda was the winner of the 11th season of the reality competition show "So You Think You Can Dance." The top prize comes with the chance for the young performer to make his Broadway debut.

In addition to winning a $250,000 cash prize, Ubeda will also be offered a chance to join the Broadway cast of On the Town in spring 2015. The classic Broadway musical begins performances Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre.

Ubeda, who hails from Miami, FL, earned the most votes and was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale. He will join the other Top 10 finalists for a live "So You Think You Can Dance" tour, which will launch Oct. 1 in New Orleans.

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 feature Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as the sailors on 24-hour shore leave who take on the Big Apple; Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley as the women who steal their hearts; and Jackie Hoffman in the role of Madame Dilly. Read more about the production and the cast here.

"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.

On the Town is produced by Howard and Janet Kagan.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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