On The Town posts closing notice for 6 September


Producers of the Broadway revival of On The Town have announced that the Tony-nominated production will end performances at the Lyric Theatre on Sunday 6 September 2015.

The production began previews on 20 September 2014 and officially opened on 16 October 2014 to excellent reviews. It will close after 28 previews and 368 regular performances, making this the longest-running Broadway production of the show since the 1944 original.

On The Town was nominated for four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Tony Yazbeck), Best Choreography (Joshua Bergasse), and Best Direction of a Musical (John Rando).

The principal cast of On The Town includes Tony Yazbeck (Gabey), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Chip), Clyde Alves (Ozzie), Megan Fairchild (Ivy), Alysha Umphress (Hildy), Elizabeth Stanley (Claire), Jackie Hoffman (Madame Dilly), Michael Rupert (Judge Pitkin), and Allison Guinn (Lucy Schmeeler).

Beginning 25 August, Misty Copeland will make her Broadway debut as ‘Ivy Smith’ for 12 performances only, through 6 September, closing the production.

On The Town, directed by John Rando, is a classic musical comedy by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Leonard Bernstein. It features choreography by Joshua Bergasse, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Jason Lyons, costume design by Jess Goldstein and sound design by Kai Harada. It is produced on Broadway by Howard & Janet Kagan.

Synopsis: "The Bronx is up, the Battery's down, and three sailors are hoping to get just a little bit lucky on their one day of leave in the Big Apple. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Coney Island to Times Square and Carnegie Hall, On The Town zigzags through New York City as the sailors and the three high-spirited young women they meet chase love, dreams, and each other during an unforgettable day in the city that never sleeps."

On The Town grew out of Jerome Robbins ballet 'Fancy Free', which followed three sailors on leave in New York. The musical opened at Broadway at the Adelphi Theater in 1944, directed by George Abbott, and played through February 2, 1946 for a total of 462 performances, transferring to the 44th Street Theatre and Martin Beck Theatre.

The classic score features the standards "New York, New York," "I Can Cook Too," "Lonely Town," and "Some Other Time", which are also featured in this production with their original orchestrations, performed by the largest orchestra on Broadway, with 28 musicians led by musical director James Moore.

- by Dom O'Hanlon

Jay Armstrong Johnson (Chip), Alysha Umphress (Hildy), Tony Yazbeck (Gabey), Elizabeth Stanley (Claire)
and Clyde Alves (Ozzie) in On The Town
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