“New York, New York… it’s a helluva town!”
So reads the tagline of Broadway’s On the Town, and I couldn’t agree more! Not only is New York City amazing, but this musical about New York City is amazing!
The show begins with a rousing rendition of the national anthem, with the entire audience on their feet singing.
Then the storyline gets under way. The musical follows three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. It’s a lot of fun seeing the city through their eyes, and how excited they are about landmarks and activities that we take for granted (no boys, riding the subway is not that fun!).Throughout their exploration, they’re on the lookout for Miss Turnstiles, a woman whose picture they saw in the subway.
If you’re seeing the show with someone who’s celebrating a birthday, be sure and let someone from On the Town know. You’ll find out why during the show!
I absolutely loved On the Town. It is quintessential, classic Broadway, and reminds me of my favorites 42nd Street and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Everything about On the Town is extremely well done. The costumes are fabulous, the sets are creative, the lighting is perfect, and the dancing is fun and challenging. It’s no wonder that On the Town was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography!
But the music is truly the glue that holds the show together. On the Town‘s musical score is wonderful for two reasons. First, the orchestra has 28 musicians instead of the typical 17 found in most Broadway shows. You can absolutely tell the difference in sound quality!
And the second reason why the music was so fabulous is because my grandma’s best friend’s grandson (try to keep that straight in your head!) was the conductor that night! Awesome job Brett!
Afterwards we waited for Brett outside the stage door, where the performers exit and greet audience members and fans, signing autographs and taking pictures.
Brett took a picture with me… onstage! My childhood dream was to dance on Broadway, so you can imagine how much I was (inwardly, thankfully) freaking out!
Isn’t the Lyric Theatre beautiful? It’s one of my favorites in New York (which may or may not entirely be because I’ve stood on its stage)!
I can’t recommend On the Town enough. You can find tickets, and more information, here.
You’ll fall in love with New York all over again!