Colton Ryan, Anna Uzele, and the cast of Broadway's New York, New York offered a first look at two of the numbers from the new Kander and Ebb and Lin-Manuel Miranda musical on Good Morning America April 14. Watch the company perform "Music, Money, Love" and "New York, New York" above.
Inspired by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture New York, New York, written by Earl M. Rauch and Mardik Martin, the new musical is set in 1946. The war 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 features 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 directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, with the book by David Thompson and Sharon Washington. All four of John Kander and Fred Ebb's songs written for the film make the jump to the stage score, joining new songs by Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is supplying additional lyrics throughout. Also on the creative 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 also 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 serves as production stage manager.