New York, New York is a hellava town. Just ask Bernstein, Comden and Green, who fashioned a zippy tribute to 24 hours in the Big Apple, based on a ballet by Jerome Robbins. The Broadway revival of the 1944 musical On the Town, now at the Lyric, is an energetic, entertaining romp.
Three sailors, on leave for a day, are in hot pursuit of a good time. The love-struck Gabey (Tony Yazbeck) hunts for Miss Turnstiles (Megan Fairchild.) Tourist Chip (Jay Armstrong Johnson) is sexually shanghaied by brassy cabbie Hildy (Alysha Umphress), while Ozzie (Clyde Alves) and anthropologist Claire (Elizabeth Stanley) share a mutual lust.
Throw in the versatile, always-comic Jackie Hoffman in a variety of roles, and John Rando’s direction hits full tilt. Read more…