The musical On The Town is back on Broadway 70 years after its debut and it is already a success!
It opened on October 16th 2014 at the Lyric Theater, a perfect romantic musical comedy in a very elegant, stylish and bucolic theater. Broadway World said “You have not seen the real New York until you have seen On the Town. It’s nothing less than the biggest, brightest and brassiest musical to open in years!”
The musical On the Town was first produced on Broadway in 1944 and was made into a film in 1949 (which starred Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin).
The two Broadway revivals before now, in 1971 and 1998, had short and impoverished lives but this new Broadway show, which marks the 70th anniversary of the classic musical and is directed by Tony winner John Rando, “takes your breath away” raves The New York Times, while The Wall Street Journal urges you to “see it as soon as you possibly can! ON THE TOWN is everything a great show should be!”.
Another thing you should know: the show starts with the orchestra playing the American hymn so everyone on the theatre gets up and sing with a hand on their heart. And I have to say that it is quite impressive, for a foreigner, to be there… definitely a great emotion!
What is the musical On The Town about?
It is the story of three sailors during the second World War (Gabey, Chip & Ozzie) with just 24 hours of shore leave in New York, looking for love and excitement. Shortly after they arrived, one of them, Gabey – played by the very talented Tony Yazbeck- falls in love after seeing a subway poster of Miss Turnstiles and sets out with his two friends on a quest to find her.
The object of Gabey’s affection is the New York City Ballet principal dancer – Megan Fairchild – making her Broadway debut. You will be amazed by this incredible ballerina who dances like an angel. She is so elegant and tiny that it seems that she is flying in the air. And if you can take your eyes of her during few seconds, look around you, you will the audience enthralled. The New York Times said “she fit the part of the sugar-sweet girl that all-American servicemen dream of”.
Along the way Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson) is taken for a wild ride by a lady cab driver played by Alyssa Umpires, a red-hot mama who sings the hilarious song “I Can Cook, Too”, while Ozzie (Clyde Alves) meets a zany anthropologist (Elizabeth Stanley) at the American Museum of Natural History.
Then 3 sailors gather later that evening for a tour of the city’s hot-spots and dives that takes them from Times Square to Coney Island.
Come see what all the buzz is about and spend a spectacular evening… ON THE TOWN!
This sweet, romantic and very funny musical On The Town has more than 20 musical numbers, including “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town” and “Lucky to Be Me.”
Some of its numbers could be placed directly into an animated Looney Tunes short while others could easily be performed on the stage of the Paris Opera.
It is a musical which gives you a real taste of the best New York has to offer… No matter if you have been in NYC several times, if you have already seen many Broadway musicals before or if it is your first time in the City that never sleeps… You just can’t miss it!
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