BWW TV: ON THE TOWN's Cory Lingner and Eloise Kropp Celebrate the 103rd Birthday of Gene Kelly!
Gene Kelly has been big part of this past Broadway season. Not only did the legendary song and dance man play the original Jerry Mulligan in the 1951 film AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (a role now played onstage by Robert Fairchild), but he also brought Gabey to life on the big screen in 1949's ON THE TOWN (now played by Tony Yazbeck). Though the musical theatre icon passed away almost twenty years ago, his legacy continues to inspire performers everywhere.
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly transformed the Hollywood musical into a whole new realm. From his iconic dancing duet with Jerry the Mouse in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) to the romance and breathtaking ballet of in "An American in Paris" (1951), and his signature swing on a lamppost in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), Kelly created musical memories that are now recognized as timeless. For his accomplishments, Kelly received an Honorary Academy Award for his career achievements; was knighted Chevalier of the Legion of Honor; earned the Cecil B. DeMille Award; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center Honors, the American Film Institute(AFI), and the Screen Actors Guild. In 1999, AFI ranked Kelly 15th in its list of "Greatest Male Stars of All Time."
The Tony Award nominated revival of On The Town will conclude its run on Broadway on Sunday, September 6 following 28 previews and 368 regular performances, making this the longest-running Broadway production of the show since the 1944 original. ON THE TOWN began previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially opened on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036).
Beginning August 25, Misty Copeland will make her Broadway debut as 'Ivy Smith' for 12 performances only, through September 6. Copeland will be performing at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening shows and the Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees. The show will also have a Saturday and Sunday evening performance during those weeks.