New York, New York star Anna Uzele dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert April 4 to perform the classic Kander and Ebb song "But the World Goes 'Round," part of the new musical's score. Watch the full performance above. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, New York, New York is currently in previews at the St. James Theatre on Broadway. Opening night is April 26.
Also on hand for the late-night appearance were composer John Kander and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, who collaborated on the musical's new songs. Tony-winning Hamilton writer and star Miranda shared which song from his mega-hit musical was inspired by an iconic Kander and Ebb tune. Find out which one below.
The cast of New York, New York, featuring a score by Kander, Fred Ebb, and Miranda and inspired by the 1977 film of the same name, is led by Colton Ryan and Uzele.
World War II is over and a collection of artists has dreams as big and diverse as the city itself. Among them is Francine Evans (Uzele), a young singer just off the bus from Philly, who is destined for greatness. At least, until she encounters New York native Jimmy Doyle (Ryan), a brilliant but disillusioned musician.
Joining Ryan and Uzele are Clyde Alves (On the Town) as Tommy Caggiano, John Clay III (Choir Boy) as Jesse Webb, Janet Dacal (In the Heights) as Sofia Diaz, Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen) as Gordon Kendrick, Oliver Prose as Alex Mann, Angel Sigala as Mateo Diaz, and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as Madame Veltri. Prose and Sigala both make their Broadway debuts with the production.
The ensemble comprises Wendi Bergamini, Allison Blackwell, Giovanni Bonaventura, Jim Borstelmann, Lauren Carr, Mike Cefalo, Bryan J. Cortés, Kristine Covillo, Gabriella Enriquez, Haley Fish, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Richard Gatta, Stephen Hanna, Naomi Kakuk, Akina Kitazawa, Ian Liberto, Kevin Ligon, Leo Moctezuma, Aaron Nicholas Patterson, Dayna Marie Quincy, Julian Ramos, Drew Redington, Benjamin Rivera, Vanessa Sears, Davis Wayne, Jeff Williams, and Darius Wright. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger.
The musical is being directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Stroman, with the book (reportedly only loosely based on the Scorsese-directed film) by David Thompson and Sharon Washington. All four of Kander and Ebb's songs written for the film make the jump to the stage score, joining new songs by Kander and Miranda, who is supplying additional lyrics throughout. Also on the music team are music supervisor and arranger Sam Davis, orchestrators Daryl Waters and Davis, vocal arranger David Loud, and music director Alvin Hough, Jr.
The creative team includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt (POTUS), costume designer Donna Zakowska (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), lighting designer Ken Billington (The Scottsboro Boys), sound designer Kai Harada (The Band's Visit), projection designer Christopher Ash (co-designing with Boritt), and hair and wig designer Sabana Majeed (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Johnny Milani is production stage manager.