Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party

On the Town, the opening production of New York City Center's 2008-09 Encores! season, opened, November 19th and played a final performance on Sunday November 23rd. On the Town, the first Broadway musical written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green with a score by Leonard Bernstein, was directed by John Rando with music direction by Todd Ellison and choreography by Warren Carlyle. BroadwayWorld's cameras joined the starry cast at the closing night party!

On the Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green based on an idea by Jerome Robbins, was inspired by Robbins' 1944 ballet, "Fancy Free." Although much of the original choreography has been lost, Robbins did restage three numbers for Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989.   Carlyle will reproduce the original Robbins' choreography for three numbers: "New York, New York," "Ya Got Me," and "Times Square Ballet."  Scott Wise, who won the Tony Award for his performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, will assist Mr. Carlyle in reconstructing the choreography.

The cast included Justin BohonChristian BorleMichael CumpstyJessica Lee Goldyn,Leslie KritzerAndrea MartinJulyana SoelistyoJennifer Laura Thompson and Tony Yazbeck, with Lawrence Alexander, Andrea Beasom, Kristine Bendul, Tanya Birl, Angie Canuel, John Carroll, Rachel ColoffMichael CusumanoSusan DerryEmilee Dupre,Autumn HurlbertRyan JacksonMary MacLeodMonica L. PattonAdam PerrySteve Schepis, Geno Segers, Charlie SuttonKevin VortmannPrice WaldmanJ.D. Websterand Ashley Yeater.

Set in wartime 1944, On the Town chronicles the adventures of three sailors (Justin BohonChristian Borle and Tony Yazbeck) on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City. Their fabulous day-long journey is spurred by a search for sailor Gabey's dream girl, "Miss Turnstiles." Along the way, each sailor falls in love with a woman, and with New York City itself.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
On The Town After Party Time!

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Christian Borle signs "in"!

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Warren Carlyle

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Sheldon Harnick

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Sheldon Harnick and his wife

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The Ladies of the chorus

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Sam Underwood

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Sam Underwood

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Jeff Hochhauser, Melanie Herman and Sam Underwood

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Leslie Kritzer

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Leslie Kritzer

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Justin Bohon

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Justin Bohon

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Justin Bohon and Leslie Kritzer

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Justin Bohon and Leslie Kritzer

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Geno Segers

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Julyana Soelistyo & Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Julyana Soelistyo & Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson and Michael Cumpsty

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson & Christian Borle

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson & Christian Borle

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson & Christian Borle

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jennifer Laura Thompson & Christian Borle

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn

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Andrea Martin

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Andrea Martin

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Lenora Nemetz and Andrea Martin

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Leslie Kritzer and Andrea Martin

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Leslie Kritzerand Andrea Martin

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Andrea Martin and Jessica Lee Goldyn

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Andrea Martin and Jessica Lee Goldyn

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Andrea Martin and Jessica Lee Goldyn

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn and Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn and Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Jessica Lee Goldyn and Tony Yazbeck

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Christian Borle, Tony Yazbeck and Justin Bohon

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Christian Borle, Tony Yazbeck and Justin Bohon

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Christian Borle, Tony Yazbeck and Justin Bohon

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Tony Yazbeck, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Christian Borle

Photo Coverage: ON THE TOWN Closing Night Party
Tony Yazbeck, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Christian Borle



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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.