Lyric Theatre, (10/16/2014 - 9/06/2015)

First Preview: Sep 20, 2014
Opening Date: Oct 16, 2014
Closing Date: Sep 06, 2015
Total Previews: 28
Total Performances: 368

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: New York City. 1944 - wartime.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Ambassador Theatre Group

Produced by Howard & Janet Kagan, Severn Partners Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Paula Marie Black, Nigel Lythgoe, Michael J. Moritz Jr., Mahoney/Alden/Badway, Ambassador Theatre Group, Margie and Bryan Weingarten, Kim Schall, Michael Rubenstein, Terry/Louise/Chris Lingner, Brunish & Trinchero, Stephanie Rosenberg, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Rubinstein/Handelman, Lizbeth Bintz, Riki Kane Larimer, 24 Hour Adventure Production, A & A Gordon, Matt Ross/Ben Feldman/Pamela Cooper and Barrington Stage Company; Associate Producer: Daniel Rakowski

This production was originally presented by Barrington Stage Company

Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Musical Director: James Moore; Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins; Additional material by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins

Directed by John Rando; Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse; Original 1944 production of "On the Town" was choreographed by Jerome Robbins; Associate Choreographer: Greg Graham

Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by Jason Lyons; Sound Design by Kai Harada; Hair Design by Leah Loukas; Makeup Design by Joe Dulude, II; Projection Design by Beowulf Boritt; Associate Scenic Design: Alexis Distler and Jason Lajka; Associate Lighting Design: Grant Wilcoxen; Associate Costume Design: Rory Powers; Associate Projection Design: Caite Hevner Kemp; Lighting Programmer: Timothy F. Rogers; Puppet Design by Matt Acheson

General Manager: Foresight Theatrical; Company Manager: Carol M. Oune

Technical Supervisor: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Bonnie L. Becker; Stage Manager: Scott Rowen

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by James Moore; Associate Conductor: Brett Rowe; Concert Master: Una Tone; Violin: Kiku Enomoto, Robert Shaw, Maxim Moston, Ashley Horne and Susan French; Viola: Richard Brice and Carla Fabiani; Cello: Caryl Paisner and Sarah Hewitt-Roth; Bass: Bill Ellison; Woodwinds: Katherine Fink, Kathy Halvorson, Benjamin Baron, Jonathan Levine and Daniel Spitzer; Trumpet: John Sheppard, Dylan Schwab and Jason Covey; French Horn: William DeVos and Rheagan Osteen; Trombone: Tim Albright, Timothy Sessions and Christopher Olness; Drums/Percussion: Richard Rosenzweig and Charles Descarfino; Keyboards: Brett Rowe and John Bell

Dance Captain: Chip Abbott; Casting: Duncan Stewart, C.S.A., Benton Whitley, C.S.A. and Pat McCorkle, C.S.A.; Marketing Director: Carol Chiavetta; Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Interactive: SPOTCo, Inc.; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Press Representative: Matt Ross Public Relations

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Opening Night Cast

Clyde AlvesOzzie
Jay Armstrong JohnsonChip
Tony YazbeckGabey
Phillip BoykinWorkman
Miss Turnstiles' Announcer
Dream Coney Island Master of Ceremonies
Bimmy
Stephen DeRosa3rd Workman
Bill Poster
Figment
Actor
Nedick's Attendant
Diamond Eddie's Master of Ceremonies
Conga Cabana Master of Ceremonies
Conductor
Megan Fairchild
Broadway debut
Ivy
(Oct 16, 2014 - Aug 09, 2015)
Allison GuinnLucy Schmeeler
Nun
Singer
Jackie HoffmanMaude P. Dilly
Little Old Lady
Diana Dream
Dolores Dolores
Michael RupertPitkin
Elizabeth StanleyClaire
Alysha UmphressHildy
Tanya BirlHigh School Girl
Ensemble
Angela BrydonHigh School Girl
First Dancing Girl
Ensemble
Holly Ann ButlerFlossie
Ensemble
Julius CarterPoliceman
Ensemble
Kristine CovilloLonely Town Girl
Ensemble
Lori Ann FerreriFlossie's Friend
Ensemble
Stephen HannaLonely Town Sailor
Ensemble
Eloise KroppHigh School Girl
Doll Girl
Shawl Girl
Ensemble
Brandon LefflerTom
Policeman
Ensemble
Jess LeProtto4th Workman
S. Uperman
Ensemble
Cory LingnerMusician
Ensemble
Skye MattoxEnsemble
Justin Lee MillerDream Coney Island Master of Ceremonies
(Jun 30, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015)
Bimmy
(Jun 30, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015)
Workman
(Jun 30, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015)
Miss Turnstiles' Announcer
(Jun 30, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015)
Michael Rosen2nd Workman
Ensemble
Samantha SturmGirl in Green
Ensemble
Christopher VoEnsemble
(Sep 20, 2014 - Feb 08, 2015)
Cody WilliamsAndy
Musician
Waiter
Ensemble
Mikey WinslowEnsemble

Swings: Chip Abbott, Peter Chursin and Paloma Garcia-Lee

Understudies: Tanya Birl (Hildy, Lucy Schmeeler), Phillip Boykin (Pitkin), Angela Brydon (Hildy), Holly Ann Butler (Claire), Stephen DeRosa (Pitkin), Lori Ann Ferreri (Maude P. Dilly), Allison Guinn (Maude P. Dilly), Eloise Kropp (Claire), Brandon Leffler (Gabey), Cory Lingner (Chip, Ozzie), Skye Mattox (Ivy), Michael Rosen (Gabey), Samantha Sturm (Ivy, Lucy Schmeeler), Cody Williams (Chip, Ozzie) and Mikey Winslow (Chip)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2015 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Howard & Janet Kagan, Severn Partners Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Paula Marie Black, Nigel Lythgoe, Michael J. Moritz Jr., Mahoney/Alden/Badway, Ambassador Theatre Group, Margie and Bryan Weingarten, Kim Schall, Michael Rubenstein, Terry/Louise/Chris Lingner, Brunish & Trinchero, Stephanie Rosenberg, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Rubinstein/Handelman, Lizbeth Bintz, Riki Kane Larimer, 24 Hour Adventure Production, A & A Gordon, Matt Ross/Ben Feldman/Pamela Cooper and Barrington Stage Company

 2015 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Tony Yazbeck

 2015 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Joshua Bergasse

 2015 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

John Rando

Drama Desk Award

 2015 Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue [nominee] 

Produced by Howard & Janet Kagan, Severn Partners Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Paula Marie Black, Nigel Lythgoe, Michael J. Moritz Jr., Mahoney/Alden/Badway, Ambassador Theatre Group, Margie and Bryan Weingarten, Kim Schall, Michael Rubenstein, Terry/Louise/Chris Lingner, Brunish & Trinchero, Stephanie Rosenberg, LaRuffa & Hinderliter, Rubinstein/Handelman, Lizbeth Bintz, Riki Kane Larimer, 24 Hour Adventure Production, A & A Gordon, Matt Ross/Ben Feldman/Pamela Cooper and Barrington Stage Company

 2015 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Elizabeth Stanley

 2015 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Joshua Bergasse

Theatre World

winner 2015 Award [recipient] 

Megan Fairchild

Songs

music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

ACT 1
I Feel Like I'm Not Out of Bed Yet
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
New York, New York
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Gabey's Comin'
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Presentation of Miss Turnstiles
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Come Up to My Place
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Carried Away
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Lonely Town
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Lonely Town Pas de Deux
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Lonely Town Chorale
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Do Do Re Do
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
I Can Cook Too
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Lucky to Be Me
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Times Square Ballet
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
ACT 2
So Long, Baby
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
I Wish I Was Dead
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Ya Got Me
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
I Understand (Pitkin's Song)
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Subway Ride and Imaginary Coney Island
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
The Great Lover Displays Himself
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Pas de Deux
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Some Other Time
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
The Real Coney Island
(lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)

Reviews


AP: "'On the Town' Is a Helluva Revival"

The webs have been swept away, the comic book villains are long gone and even the name of the theater has changed. So what better way to bid farewell to the doomed "Spider-Man" musical at the re-christened Lyric Theatre than with a pure American classic?

An exuberant, dazzling revival of "On the Town" opened Thursday, filling Broadway's biggest theater with big, crowd-pleasing dance numbers, lavish and clever visuals and superb performances from a massive cast. It's simply a helluva show.

The 1944 romance-chasing romp by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green — later made into a film with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra — has been celebrated by director John Rando and choreographer Joshua Bergasse, who have filled this lighter-than-air confection with helium.

In this "On the Town," mannequins and dinosaurs dance, the performers spill into the aisles and the dancers seem to leap into the air like spawning salmon — appropriate, since most of the characters here are jittery, sex-starved maniacs.

The white-suited, bell-bottomed Navy heroes at the show's center — Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves — are brilliant as young men trying to cram in a year's worth of fun into 24 hours of shore leave.

Though at first they appear as indistinguishable as three marshmallows, each of their personalities soon emerge. Yazbeck delivers his solo "Lonely Town" with a wonderful ache, Johnson seems to be made of rubber, and Alves oozes testosterone.

The women they meet — Alysha Umphress as a brassy taxi driver, Elizabeth Stanley as a twitchy, repressed anthropologist and real-life ballerina Megan Fairchild as a pinup — are up to the challenge and each couple generates enough sparks to fuel the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And Jackie Hoffman is hilarious as a tipsy vocal coach.

The revival seems to have tapped into the youthful exuberance at the time of its creation — Bernstein, Comden and Green were still in their 20s in 1944. While the story itself may not be layered, the show is a mix of ballet, opera, jazz and musical-theater styles, as well as silliness and wistfulness. It was the original mash-up.

Beowulf Boritt's sets and projections are big and colorful without being overwhelming or cluttered. His interiors have a fun, off-kilter perspective, his museum interior is inspired and the delightful come-hither number "Come Up to My Place" is superbly done with just a car seat, projected cartoon streets and two hysterical, physical actors in Umphress and Johnson, who also nail a funny "I Can Cook Too."

Bergasse has hewed close to Jerome Robbins' original choreography and he's been blessed by dancers who make mincemeat of several pas-de-deux. Fairchild, a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet, makes her Broadway debut and is impossible to stop watching.

Jess Goldstein's costumes are both slinky and eye-catching, matching the overall look of the show, which stresses primary colors. There are rich blues and reds and obviously sailor whites — an American theme that starts as soon as "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played at the beginning. Welcome back, sailors. Hopefully, you'll stick around a long time.


AP
10/16/2014

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Lyric Theatre

(10/16/2014 - 9/6/2015)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Kaitlin Boland(Aug 2015 - Sep 2015), Justin Gleiberman.

Stage Manager: Charlene Speyerer(Jun 16, 2015 - ?), Charlene Speyerer(Apr 28, 2015 - May 3, 2015); Assistant Stage Mgr: Charlene Speyerer(May 26, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015); Production Stage Manager: Matthew Aaron Stern.

Trumpets: Bud Burridge; Trombone: Dick Clark; Keyboard Programmer: Randy Cohen; Associate Keyboard Programmer: Taylor Williams, Tim Crook; Viola: Jessica Troy; Cello: Katherine Cherbas.

Dance Captain: Paloma Garcia-Lee; Assistant Dance Captain: Mikey Winslow.

Cast

Max Clayton
Ensemble
Policeman
Misty Copeland
Ivy (Aug 25, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015)
Megan Fairchild
Returned for final performance
Ivy (Sep 6, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015)
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald
Ensemble
Girl in Green
Julie Halston
During Jackie Hoffman's absence
Diana Dream (Mar 10, 2015 - ?)
During Jackie Hoffman's absenceDolores Dolores (Mar 10, 2015 - ?)
During Jackie Hoffman's absenceLittle Old Lady (Mar 10, 2015 - ?)
During Jackie Hoffman's absenceMaude P. Dilly (Mar 10, 2015 - ?)
Erica Mansfield
Doll Girl
Ensemble
High School Girl
Shawl Girl
Georgina Pazcoguin
Broadway debut
Ivy (Aug 11, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015)
Tiler Peck
Ivy (Mar 3, 2015 - Mar 4, 2015)
Ivy (Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015)
Manny Stark
4th Workman
Ensemble
S. Uperman
Ricky Ubeda
Ensemble (Feb 27, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015)
Ensemble
Nicholas Ward
Bimmy
Dream Coney Island Master of Ceremonies
Miss Turnstiles' Announcer
Workman
Michael Williams
Ensemble
Policeman
Tom




Standbys: Tyler Hanes (Gabey).

Understudies: Chip Abbott (Figment), Holly Ann Butler (Lucy Schmeeler), Max Clayton (Gabey), Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Ivy), Allison Guinn (Hildy), Erica Mansfield (Claire), Manny Stark (Figment), Kevin Worley (Chip, Gabey, Pitkin).


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