Tiler Peck joins On the Town for six performances

It has been announced that New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck will cover the role of 'Ivy Smith' in the Broadway revival of On The Town for six performances whilst her sister-in-law Megan Fairchild is on vacation.

Ms Peck will play the role on March 3rd at 7pm, March 4th at 2pm and 8pm, March 14th at 2pm and 8pm, and March 15th at 3pm.

As a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Ms Peck has appeared on Broadway previously as Gracie Shinn in 'The Music Man'. Her regional credits include Young Marie in The Kennedy Center's 'Little Dancer'. She has also been seen as Louise Bigelow in NY Philharmonic's Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel and 'Dancing With The Stars'.

On The Town officially opened at the Lyric Theatre on 16 October 2014, following previews from 20 September, and is currently booking through to 1 September 2015.

On The Town, directed by John Rando, is a classic musical comedy by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Leonard Bernstein.

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."

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).

The production was originally seen at City Center Encores in 2008. 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.

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

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