Broadway vets Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody), Tony Yazbeck (Chicago) and Clyde Alves (Nice Work If You Can Get It) will play the trio of sailors Chip, Ozzie and Gabey in Barrington Stage Company’s season opener, On the Town. Directed by Tony winner John Rando (A Christmas Story) and choreographed by Emmy-winning Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse, the production will run on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage June 12 through July 13, with an official opening on June 16.
Set in 1944, On the Town is the story of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. Squeezed for time, they somehow manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple. Inspired by Jerome Robbins’ ballet “Fancy Free,” On the Town includes such memorable Leonard Bernstein and Comden & Green musical numbers as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town” and “I Can Cook Too” as well as the famed Coney Island Ballet.
Joining Johnson, Yazbeck and Alves will be Elizabeth Stanley (Company, Cry-Baby) as Claire de Loone, Deanna Doyle (New York City Ballet) as Ivy Smith, Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, Bring It On) as Hildy, Tony nominee Nancy Opel (Memphis) as Madame Dilly and Tony nominee Michael Rupert (Legally Blonde) as Judge Pitkin.
The ensemble will feature Chip Abbott, Jane Bernhard, Chloe Campbell, Jenifer Dillow, Elizabeth Flanagan, Hannah Florence, Allison Guinn, Karen Hyland, Christopher Job, Michael Kushner, Jason Luks, Megan Mekjian, Harris Milgrim, Kyle Scanlon, Michael Scirrotto, Kelly Sheehan and Chloe Tiso.
The production will feature set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Ed Chapman. Darren R. Cohen musically directs.