Ahoy, Sailor! On The Town has so many perfect musical theater elements from Broadway’s Golden Era: 3 sailors chasing 3 women, a romantically short 24-hour stay in NYC, extensive dance numbers, loads of American optimism in the face of war…all tied up with a bow by Leonard Bernstein’s music and Jerome Robbin’s choreography. What’s not to love?
The original production, which debuted in 1944 and closed in 1946, was funded by MGM in return for the rights to turn the show into a movie - which they did in 1949 and arguably botched by omitting much of the Bernstein’s music. The original production’s casting was extremely progressive, with a mixed-race cast they pushed against racial stereotypes - a Japanese-American dancer in the role of Ivy, 6 African-American men as part of the ‘citizenry’, and African-American conductor Everett Lee at the orchestral podium.
Although On The Town has been revived twice before, the 2014 revival is the only one that can hold a candle to the original vision. A dance-driven production by nature, Joshua Bergasse’s choreography breathes fresh energy into the show while still tipping his hat to Robbin’s original numbers. It is a delightful show, with thrilling and energetic dance numbers, knee-slapping comedic elements and heartfelt ballads to round out the evening.
As they famously say in On The Town - “New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town”, so get tickets and head on over to see the lights of Broadway for yourself.
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