The South Bay Musical Theater has announced the full cast and creative team for ON THE TOWN, the high-energy World War II musical featuring music by Leonard Bernstein with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins, SBMT’s ON THE TOWN production will be directed and co-choreographed by Janie Scott, with co-choreography provided by Zendrex Llado and musical/vocal direction by Catherine Snider. ON THE TOWN runs from May 14 to June 4, 2022 at the Saratoga Civic Theater (13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070), with a press opening Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. First nights are invited to stay for a champagne toast after the show. Evening shows start at 8 p.m. while matinees (Sunday and Saturday closed) start at 2:30 p.m.
Adult tickets cost between $24 and $54. There are $2 discounts for seniors 65 and over and $24 tickets for students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SouthBayMT.com or by calling (408) 266-4734.
“Like a postcard from the past, ON THE TOWN is a joyful, exuberant journey through New York City in 1943,” says SBMT Executive Artistic Director Sara K. Dean. “We hope audiences will get away from it all in this timeless story of love and adventure. The show has it all: glorious music, upbeat dance segments, a taxi, a dinosaur, the subway, a trip to Coney Island and a crazy talented company.”
“If you like goofy musicals full of energy and feel good, you’ll love ON THE TOWN,” says director Janie Scott. “We’re blessed with an exuberant and dazzling cast, eye-catching sets and costumes, classic tunes like ‘New York, New York,’ and lots of laughs. Don’t miss it!”
“Jubilant…this joyous mating dance of a musical is as fresh as the first sun…Bernstein’s score belongs to both heaven and earth.”
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Exuberant… dazzling… It’s just one hell of a show.”
-Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
“Magnificent…will leave you both exhilarated and haunted…great musical theatre.”
– Elysa Gardner, USA Today
Combine a soaring score by Leonard Bernstein, witty lyrics by Comden and Green, and a sweet story about Three Sailors taking 24 hours shore leave in New York before being deployed overseas, and you have a classic American renowned for its timeless exuberance. With brash, dramatic, slightly bittersweet abandon, ON THE TOWN is a tale about seizing the day and living life to its fullest. It features the seductive “I Can Cook, Too”; the beautiful melancholy ballad “Lonely Town”; and the most beloved of the catchy tunes, “New York, New York.”
The main cast of ON THE TOWN includes Lysander Abadia in “Gabey”, Michael Saenz in “Chip”, David J. Kautz in “Ozzie”, Francesca Cipponeri in “Ivy Smith”, Catherine Traceski in “Hildy”, Marie Finch in ” Claire”, Kayvon Kordestani as “Madame Dilly”, Mark Robinson as “Judge Pitkin” and Rhona McFadyen as “Lucy Schmeeler”.
The set of ON THE TOWN includes Kyle Arrouzet, Emery Ronan Bacon, Christine Baker, Peter Bullen, Gabriela Crolla, Chloe Diepenbrock, Lindsey Duran, Jessica Ellithorpe, Ethan Glasman, Ruth Godbey, Megan Griffin, Anthony Howard-Erevia, Glenn Howard- Erevia, Tim Huang, Edward Im, Kate Mathseon (“Claire Understudy”), David Mister, Jackson Paddock, Braden Taylor, Natalie To, David Truong and Jennifer Yuan.
In addition to Ms. Scott, Mr. Llado and Ms. Snider, ON THE TOWN’s creative and production team includes Philip Jacke (Stage Manager), Meghan Anderson (Co-Assistant Stage Manager), Anastasia Helfinstein (Co-Assistant Stage Manager), Patricia Billelo (co-costume designer and props designer), Sarah Cloward (costume designer), Courtney Kendall (associate costume designer), Christine Ormseth (hair and makeup designer), Michael G. Muñoz (costume designer Lighting), Chris Beer (Projection Coordinator), Heather Kenyon (Set Designer), Dan Singletary (Sound Designer & Dinosaur Wrangler), Laura Millar (Program Manager & Dramaturg), Kama Belloni (Development & Patron Manager), Jeffrey Henson (Facilities Director), Diane Hughes (House Manager & Box Office), Doug Hughes (Marketing & Social Media Director), Patti Reed (Producing Director), Kevin Davies (Technical Director) and Sara K. Dean (Executive Artistic Director).
ON THE TOWN runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a brief intermission.
The 2022-2023 season will be announced at the annual meeting of group members on May 21. More information is available at www.SouthBayMT.com