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ON THE TOWN Will Open at Broadway's Lyric Theatre in October 2014

“New York, New York, It’s A Helluva Town!”

ON THE TOWN

With Music By LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Book and Lyrics by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN
and Based on an Idea by JEROME ROBBINS

WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY IN OCTOBER 2014
AT THE NEWLY RENOVATED LYRIC THEATRE
ON 42nd STREET (formerly the Foxwoods Theatre)

IN A NEW PRODUCTION

Directed By Tony Award® Winner
JOHN RANDO (Urinetown, A Christmas Story)

With Choreography By Emmy Award® Winner
JOSHUA BERGASSE (NBC’s “Smash”)

(New York, New York – March 6, 2014) Producers Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) are proud to announce that a new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN– the musical-comedy love letter to New York City – will open in October 2014 at the Lyric Theatre. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of this iconic musical comedy created by the legendary creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins. The Lyric Theatre will be reopened after a renovation being completed by its new owners, Ambassador Theatre Group. This historic theater at the crossroads of 42nd Street and Times Square was created from a combination of the original Apollo Theater, and the original Lyric Theatre that stood on the site, and the facade of which still stands on 42nd and 43rd Streets.

ON THE TOWN will be directed by John Rando (Tony Award® winner for Urinetown), who helmed the recent critically acclaimed City Center Encores and Barrington Stage productions, and will feature choreography by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award® winner for “Smash”), who choreographed the Barrington Stage production and makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with this show.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to make the Lyric Theatre our home for ON THE TOWN,” said producers Howard & Janet Kagan. “This classic Broadway theatre, right on 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square, is the perfect spot, and now is the perfect time to bring this big, brassy musical comedy back to The Great White Way.”

Sir Howard Panter, Ambassador Theatre Group, added: “ON THE TOWN is the quintessential New York musical-comedy, and the perfect show to reopen the Lyric following its renovation. This is a musical with timeless songs, beautiful dance, and lots of heart, and we’re very proud to partner with the producers and creative team to present their wonderful show on our stage.”

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 classic score features the standards “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time” and will be played in this production with their original orchestrations, performed by what will be the largest orchestra on Broadway, with 28 musicians led by musical director James Moore (Follies, Ragtime).

ON THE TOWN grew out of the Jerome Robbins ballet Fancy Free, about three sailors on leave in New York, which debuted in 1944 with the American Ballet Theatre. The musical opened at Broadway’s Adelphi Theater later that year, 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 along the way.

The production will feature scenic design by Tony® nominee Beowulf Boritt (Act One, Chaplin, Rock of Ages), lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jason Lyons (Bring it On, Rock of Ages), costume design by Tony Award® winner Jess Goldstein (Newsies, Jersey Boys, The Rivals), and sound design by Tony® nominee Kai Harada (Follies, Million Dollar Quarter).

Casting, official opening night and ticketing information for ON THE TOWN will be announced at a later date.

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

Website: www.facebook.com/andrewmcgibbon