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 Bohon, Christian Borle, Michael Cumpsty, Jessica Lee Goldyn,Leslie Kritzer, Andrea Martin, Julyana Soelistyo, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Tony Yazbeck, with Lawrence Alexander, Andrea Beasom, Kristine Bendul, Tanya Birl, Angie Canuel, John Carroll, Rachel Coloff, Michael Cusumano, Susan Derry, Emilee Dupre,Autumn Hurlbert, Ryan Jackson, Mary MacLeod, Monica L. Patton, Adam Perry, Steve Schepis, Geno Segers, Charlie Sutton, Kevin Vortmann, Price Waldman, J.D. Websterand Ashley Yeater.
Set in wartime 1944, On the Town chronicles the adventures of three sailors (Justin Bohon, Christian 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.
On The Town After Party Time!
Christian Borle signs "in"!
Sheldon Harnick and his wife
The Ladies of the chorus