Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Clyde Alves to Play Sailors in ON THE TOWN Broadway Revival
Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line), Jay Armstrong Johnson (New York Philharmonic's Sweeney Todd, Hands On A Hardbody, Hair), and Clyde Alves (Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It) will play the roles of 'Gabey,' 'Chip,' and 'Ozzie' - the sailors on 24-hour shore leave who take on the Big Apple in the critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of On The Town, directed by John Rando (Tony Award for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for "Smash"). Yazbeck, Johnson, and Alves will reprise their performances from last summer's acclaimed Barrington Stage production. Yazbeck first thrilled audiences with his portrayal of 'Gabey' in John Rando's presentation of On The Town at City Center Encores in 2008.
ON THE TOWN, the musical-comedy love letter to New York City, is set to begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now and available at Ticketmaster.com
ON THE TOWN - the iconic musical comedy created by the legendary creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins - 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.
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). On The Town is produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess).
TONY YAZBECK (Gabey) has starred on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Phil Davis in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Tulsa in Gypsy with Patti LuPone (earning an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), and Al in the revival of A Chorus Line. Other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance, and Gypsy with Tyne Daly. He appeared off- Broadway in Fanny Hill at the York Theatre, and he has performed in numerous New York City Center Encores! presentations: this past February's Little Me, On The Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Pardon My English. Regional credits include Harmony at the Alliance Theatre, On The Town at Barrington Stage Co., Far From Heaven at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage, Animal Crackers at The Goodman theatre, Singing in the Rain at the St. Louis Muny, My One and Only at Goodspeed Opera (earning a Connecticut Critics Circle Award), and Sycamore Trees at Signature Theatre(receiving a Helen Hayes Award). This August, Tony stars in Kiss Me Kate at the BBC Proms in London and he also makes his 54 Below debut in New York City with his show "The Floor Above Me". He was seen in NBC's "Smash," and the feature documentary Every Little Step. Tony is a master teacher and panelist for the National YoungArts Foundation. His website is tonyyazbeck.net.
JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON (Chip). Broadway: Hands on a Hardbody (Greg Wilhote), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Jr. Standby), Hair (Original revival cast Claude u/s). Off-Broadway: Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Drama Desk Award) Prospect Theater Co. Other New York credits: The Most Happy Fella (Herman), City Center Encores!, Sweeney Todd (Anthony Hope), Avery Fisher Hall, with New York Philharmonic; taped for PBS. First National Tour: A Chorus Line (Mark). Regional: The Last Goodbye (Romeo), The Old Globe, On The Town (Chip), Barrington Stage Co; Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder'd (Frederick) The MUNY; Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse); Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Co); Hairspray (Link Larkin) Weston Playhouse; West Side Story (Baby John). 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes). TV/Film: Sex & the City 2, "Law & Order: SVU". @Jay_A_Johnson on Twitter and Instagram. This one's for Dian.
CLYDE ALVES (Ozzie) is thrilled to be reprising the role of Ozzie from Barrington Stage Company's acclaimed production of On The Town. His Broadway credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Wicked, Hairspray, Oklahoma!, The Music Man (Tommy Djilas, 2000 Astaire AwardWinner). Television: ABC Disney's movie of the week "The Music Man" (Tommy Djilas). Off Broadway/ Encores: Altar Boyz (Juan), Bells Are Ringing, Anyone Can Whistle, Follies (Kevin). National Tours/ International: A Chorus Line (Mike), West Side Story at The Stratford Festival (Action), Fame The Musical, Beauty And The Beast. Clyde lives in Manhattan with his wife Robyn, baby boy Hudson and doggie Mariella.