The classic New York City musical On the Town is coming back to Broadway. The revival will start performances in October 2014 at the newly named Lyric Theatre, formerly the Foxwoods Theatre, where Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark closed in January.
First seen on Broadway in 1946, On the Town follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Toe-tapping hits from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.”
Directed by John Rando (A Christmas Story) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Smash), this new staging of On the Town was previously seen at Barrington Stage Company last summer. Featured in the cast were Jay Armstrong Johnson (Chip), Tony Yazbeck (Ozzie), Clyde Alves (Gabey), Elizabeth Stanley (Claire), Deanna Doyle (Ivy), Alysha Umphress (Hildy), Nancy Opel (Madame Dilly) and Michael Rupert (Judge Pitkin). No casting has been announced for the Broadway production.
On the creative team of On the Town are set designer Beowulf Boritt, lighting designer Jason Lyons, costume designer Jess Goldstein and sound designer Kai Harada.
The Lyric Theatre is undergoing a renovation by its new owner, Ambassador Theatre Group, prior to the start of On the Town performances.