‘On the Town’ Returns to Broadway in October

The New York City  musical On the Town is heading back to Broadway at the Lyric Theatre, formerly known as the Foxwoods Theatre. Performances are set to begin in October of 2014. Prior to the show’s start, the Lyric Theatre will undergo renovations by its new owner, Ambassador Theatre Group.

The production was first seen in 1946. The new staging of the show was previously seen at the Barrington Stage Company last summer. The cast included Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip, Tony Yazbeck as Ozzie, Clyde Alves as Gabey, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire, Deanna Doyle as Ivy, Alysha Umphress as Hildy, Nanc Opel as Madame Dilly, and Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin. Casting has yet to be announced for the Broadway production.

On the Town, based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, tells the story of three wartime sailors chasing love during a daylong shore leave in New York City. It is directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. It features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Other members of the creative team include Beowulf Boritt with set design, Jason Lyons with lighting design, Jess Goldstein with costume design, and Kai Harada with sound design.

Classic songs from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.”