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Set in 1944, On the Town is the story of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. Squeezed for time, they somehow manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple. Inspired by Jerome Robbins’ ballet “Fancy Free,” On the Town includes such memorable musical numbers as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town” and the hilarious “I Can Cook Too” as well as the famed Coney Island Ballet. A New York City musical comedy bursting with high energy dancing, not to be missed!
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins
Music Direction by Darren R. Cohen
Choreography by Emmy-winner (TV’s “Smash”) Joshua Bergasse (BSC’s Guys and Dolls, West Side Story)
Directed by Tony-winner (Urinetown) John Rando (BSC’s Guys and Dolls)

The cast featured Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line) as Gabey; Deanna Doyle (Encores! On Your Toes) as Ivy Smith; Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet, Encores! Merrily We Roll Along) as Claire; Clyde Alves (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes) as Ozzie; Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hard Body, Working) as Chip; Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, On A Clear Day…) as Hildy; Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Hello, Dolly! at Ford’s Theatre) as Madame Dilly, Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity, Falsettos, Legally Blonde) as Judge Pitkin, and an ensemble of 17.

The design team included Beowulf Boritt (sets), Jennifer Caprio (costumes), Jason Lyons (lighting), Ed Chapman (sound).  Renee Lutz was production stage manager.

The Critics Rave about On the Town!

In the New York Times: “…one of those rare revivals that remind us what a hit show from long ago was originally all about…You…will surely feel lucky to be in their company…The production runs only through July 13, giving it the mayfly-like life span of the romances it portrays. Normally, I wouldn’t tell citizens of the five boroughs to drive three hours to be told that New York is a helluva town. But this enchanted vision of a city that was — and of course never was — is worth catching before it evaporates.Read the full New York Times rave review now.

In The Wall Street Journal: “I’m thrilled to report that Barrington Stage is putting on a production directed by John Rando (“All in the Timing”) that is more than exciting enough to make you scratch your head in puzzlement. How could so exhilarating a musical have slipped through the cracks?…The members of his youthful cast…collectively slam it out of the park.Read the full Wall Street Journal review now.

Sassy, sexy, energetic and fun — it’s a hell of a musical…Joshua Bergasse’s choreography filled the stage with joyous movement and vitality…” -Albany Times Union

On the Town is a hit — bright, perky, a love letter to the New York City of the past…a perfect little time capsule of a show and well-worth the drive to Pittsfield.” -Schenectady Gazette

Stunning…You won’t want to miss this escapade” -CurtainUp

“Tuneful musicals have long been one of the hallmarks of Barrington Stage Company, and this glorious On the Town is their most successful production to date…the amazing choreography … is breathtaking to see…the audience roared with delight…this is a totally Broadway-ready musical…” -BroadwayWorld

“…superb revival…It was poignant then and remains so now—especially in the hands of the many talents that make this Barrington Stage Company edition of the show such a delight… nothing short of brilliant…”  -Berkshire Bright Focus

“It’s a feel-good show with great dancing, excellent music and smart staging…The cast is super.” -The Troy Record

“…another musical gem from Barrington Stage… “ -Berkshire Review for the Arts

musical theatre doesn’t get better than this… It’s just beyond words.” –Berkshire Fine Arts

“Barrington Stage does it again…smash hit…fresh, energetic…Go see this show.” -The Berkshire Record

DATES:
June 12 – July 13, 2013
VENUE:
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
WHERE:
30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA, 01201