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Closed September 6, 2015

"One of those rare revivals that remind us what a hit show from long ago was originally all about!"

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

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Three sailors celebrate the sights and sounds of the Big Apple in the classic musical comedy, On the Town, which reopens Broadway's Lyric Theatre. On The Town is a fun-filled sweep through some of New York's most famous icons and an unforgettable tribute to this magical city. Misty Copeland join the cast to make her Broadway debut from August 25th to September 6th, but don't delay as that's the date this production will shut its doors on Broadway!

This revival marks the show's 70th Anniversary, and a return to the Great White Way after a 16-year absence. This production will feature an impressive 28-piece big band orchestra performing score's hits like "Lonely Town" and "Some Other Time" and "New York, New York." This production of On the Town was previously seen on-stage in mid-2013 in a production by Encores! and the Barrington Stage Company, which now transfers to Broadway.

What is On The Town about?

It's 1944 and three sailors, determined to make the most of their 24-hour shore leave, head out on the town in New York City to take in some of the scenery. As they explore the city, they fall in love not only with New York, but each with a woman they meet during their day off. From Coney Island to Times Square, we follow the six friends as they find love and adventure in the city that never sleeps.

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Previews from: 20 September 2014

Opening night: 16 October 2014


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Two hours and 35 minutes including one one intermission

And before you stop reading

Misty Copeland will only perform on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees from August 25th to September 6th only

Cast and Creative


Misty Copeland as Ivy Smith (select performances from August 25th to September 6th only)

Megan Fairchild as Ivy Smith (until August 11th)

Georgina Pazcoguin (from August 11th - 23rd)

Ricky Ubeda

Tony Yazbeck as Gabey

Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip

Clyde Alves as Ozzie

Alysha Umphress as Hildy

Elizabeth Stanley as Claire


Music by Leonard Bernstein

Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

Directed by John Rando

Musical director James Moore

Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt

Lighting design by Jason Lyons

Costume design by Jess Goldstein

Sound design by Kai Harada

Produced by Howard and Janet Kagan


2015 tony nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Yazbeck)
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography

2015 Drama Desk Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Elizabeth Stanley
Outstanding Choreography

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