ON THE TOWN sets opening night for 10/6; previews to begin 9/20

mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
You taste the silver Sara, you taste the crown, you thirst for blood from the roses in hand, oh you spoil for sash and scepter doing a dance, as they crown you queen of High School Land.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
How is this going to last at that huge theater?
#sadandtransparent
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
No cast announced.
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
trpguyy
Broadway Star
joined:2/25/05
Must be nice to have such a large amount of money to throw into the wind.
gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
The image they seem to be using has Tony Yazbeck, and I HIGHLY doubt if he is cast he could sell out the Lyric. He would be great, but they need to sell tickets too.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
This is that sexy version.

There was a time when a Bernstein show could fill a huge theatre but remember the last revival? It was wonderful in Central Park then it got lost in another big Broadway house.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
They better have an ace up their sleeve if they want to last more than a hot minute at the Lyric at the very start of the season.
givesmevoice
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/07
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Ozzie and Daniel Radcliffe as Chip, obviously.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
They really do need a name for this, but the big question is whom?
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
I'll never understand why a musical revival without names (assuming this revival won't have any) would open in the fall. It's almost always a disaster, like RAGTIME in 2009.
#sadandtransparent
ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
I'm right there with you, LJay. It's always baffling, as if the producers had no idea what the challenges are. I guess the idea is they don't wanna be swallowed whole by the flashy spring shows, so it might seem like a losing battle either way. Still, looking back at the Foxwood/Hilton/Ford/Lyric history since the original RAGTIME opened, I don't think any show has actually recouped there. Maybe someone like Smaxie can provide better info on this. It's just odd to hear they'll open in such a big theatre, and to announce a pre-sale without any cast attached. We know Hugh Jackman is already taken in the fall, so who will their star be?
"Some people can thrive and bloom living life in a living room, that's perfect for some people of one hundred and five. But I at least gotta try, when I think of all the sights that I gotta see, all the places I gotta play, all the things that I gotta be at"
Smaxie
Broadway Legend
joined:9/26/05
Grinch recouped and 42nd Street came very close, but that's it.
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
Rinaldo
Chorus Member
joined:5/5/09
My guess is that they kind of know they'll lose money on this (especially with that 28-piece orchestra *swoon*), and just feel that it's worth doing -- I figured the same about the FINIAN's revival a few years back. Still, if they want it to run at all, I suppose they do need a name. Insasmuch as the 3 male roles have pretty high-level demands and the 3 men they already have seem ideal, the likelier places to put a name would be Claire or Hildy (or the character parts, but audiences would probably feel cheated coming to see a big name as Madame Dilly or Pitkin). But who even is such a name as to ensure a run?
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04


This was, hands down, the best revival of an older musical I've seen since the Lincoln Center South Pacific, and the best production that ON THE TOWN could ever hope to see.

I hope they keep the cast from the Berkshires, because they were all spectacular.

I am very excited about this production.




yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
Updated On: 5/9/14 at 12:35 PM
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
PalJoey-that theater is enormous. They need a couple of names to put people in seats. They'd have been better off to try for Lincoln Center-at least there you get a subscriber base that builds word of mouth.

Not sure this can succeed in that cavernous theater.
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
Updated On: 5/9/14 at 12:47 PM
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
That's great, but I bet even the amazing revival of South Pacific couldn't fill that theater. I'm doubtful this will unless some serious A-listers are cast.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
I bet they go with the same cast, I can't think of ant "A-listers" who would fit in this production. I wonder if the fabulous Nancy Opel will have to choose between this and HONEYMOON. And any show that gets Rupert back on the Boards is OK with me.
neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
Why are they so set on the Lyric? The Schoenfeld will be open now, as well as some others I'm sure.
quizking101
Broadway Legend
joined:12/25/09
They should gamble on a temporary renovation to reduce seats...or only sell certain sections
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
They may be getting a "deal" on the Theatre due to KING KONG's delay.
Sutton Ross
Broadway Legend
joined:7/20/13
Maybe wait to see the casting or first preview before declaring it a disaster....
nomore.org
HorseTears
Broadway Legend
joined:3/25/05
Man, this does seem like a HUGE gamble in that giant theatre, but I've got to give kudos to the producers for taking such a big risk. To me, this is the most exciting revival news since the Broadway transfer of the Kennedy Center Follies. And I am seriously THRILLED that they are mounting this show with a 28 piece orchestra. I know that West Side Story is Bernstein's musical theatre masterwork -- and God knows I love it -- but for my money the dance music in On the Town can't be beat. It's just on another level and I'm so grateful that we'll get to hear it played by a full orchestra.

PJ, how was the choreography in the Barrington production? I'm really curious about that aspect of the production. Can it really hold a candle to Robbins' work?
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
The Men were shirtless, so the dancing was good.

I don't think anyone is calling this a disaster, we are just questioning the size of the house they are going to have to fill. The production sounds fabulous.
AnythingGoes23
Broadway Star
joined:11/21/11
Kristen Chenoworth as Hildy may fill the theatre but doubt that'll happen!

Hope it has at least fairly good run and wish all the best, it'll be great to see this show on a big scale
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
PJ, how was the choreography in the Barrington production? I'm really curious about that aspect of the production. Can it really hold a candle to Robbins' work?

Although I'm not a dancer or a choreographer (or even particularly coordinated!), I am as much of a Robbins purist as anyone alive. I've seen On the Town three times on Broadway (twice when I was a teenager in 1972 and once in 1999) and once in Central Park in 1998.

Josh Bergasse's choreography of the ballets (a bit trimmed) had more of the Robbins spirit than either of the two Broadway revivals. I remember feeling sad at intermission that we had to go back in and see the second act--I wanted to go back in and watch the FIRST act all over again. I can't remember ever feeling quite that way at an intermission of anything before.

And it wasn't just that the boys (Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves and Jay Armstrong Johnson) were cute and sometimes shirtless, it was that they and the girls had a pitch-perfect horniness appropriate to all those stories of servicemen on leave and the girls who couldn't resist them. The three girls were spectacular: Elizabeth Stanley, Deanna Doyle and the miraculous Alysha Umphress.

Alysha's "I Can Cook Too" was triumphant--she even incorporated some honest-to-god scat singing. Not only do I think Lenny would have loved it--I think he would have jumped up on the stage and scatted along with her.

And Tony had a tap dance in the middle of "Lucky to Be Me" that was more in tune with the Gene Kelly choreography of the movie than the Robbins choreography for the stage, but it was the perfect blending of the two traditions. And he is a real treasure, the way that Gene Kelly was.

Every laugh landed, every sentiment was true and deeply felt. John Rando directed and the energy of the piece was sexy and funny and sweet, appropriate to the period and yet it still felt fresh--an almost-impossible combination of qualities to pull off.

I left exhilarated, thinking how thrilled Lenny and Jerry and Betty and Adolph would have been--not just to hear the music so beautifully played and sung and danced to, not only to hear Betty and Adolph's sometimes corny jokes made funny again, but to witness the re-blossoming of their youthful spirits of hope and fear and loneliness and love.

And everyone in this thread can just shut up about the size of the theater. Yeah, we get it. It's a barn, a big barn. But you know what?

This is a big show.

yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates

1
Page: