PHOTO CALL: Jay Armstrong Johnson, Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves, Alysha Umphress, Megan Fairchild Offer High-Energy Sneak Peek at Broadway's On the Town

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03 Sep 2014

The forthcoming Broadway production of On the Town begins performances Sept. 20 at the Lyric Theatre. The cast offered a sneak peek the morning of Sept. 3.

The iconic musical comedy created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jerome Robbins will officially open Oct. 16 at the Lyric (formerly the Foxwoods).



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Clyde Alves, Tony Yazbeck and Jay Armstrong Johnson
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The production, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the classic musical, will be directed by Tony winner John Rando, who helmed the recent, critically acclaimed City Center Encores! and Barrington Stage productions of On the Town. It will feature choreography by Bergasse, who choreographed the Barrington Stage production and will be making his Broadway debut as a choreographer with this show.

Newcomers to the cast include Tony Award winner Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin, Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler, Tony nominee Phillip Boykin and Stephen DeRosa.



These artists join the previously announced Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as the sailors on 24-hour shore leave who take on the Big Apple; Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley as the women who steal their hearts; and Jackie Hoffman in the role of Madame Dilly.

Rounding out the cast is an ensemble of 19, including Chip Abbott, Tanya Birl, Angela Brydon, Holly Ann Butler, Julius Carter, Kristine Covillo, Lori Ann Ferreri, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Eloise Kropp, Brandon Leffler, Jess Leprotto, Cory Lingner, Skye Mattox, Michael Rosen, Samantha Sturm, Christopher Vo, Cody Williams and Mikey Winslow.

"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," according to press notes. "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 score features the standards “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time” and will be played with their original orchestrations, performed by what will be the largest orchestra on Broadway, with 28 musicians led by musical director James Moore.

The upcoming production will also feature scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jason Lyons, costume design by Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein and sound design by Tony nominee Kai Harada.

On the Town is produced by Howard and Janet Kagan.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.