NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRINCIPAL
TO DEPART ON THE TOWN
STEPS INTO THE ROLE OF ‘IVY SMITH.’
(August 4, 2015 – New York, New York) New York City Ballet principal dancer and Theatre World Award Winner Megan Fairchild will depart the Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN on August 9 to return to the NYC Ballet. Fairchild will be succeeded by New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin, who will step into the role of ‘Ivy Smith’ for performances from August 11 – 23. Beginning August 25, Misty Copeland will make her Broadway debut as ‘Ivy Smith’ for 12 performances only, through September 6.
Directed by John Rando (Tony Award® for Urinetown) and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winner for “Smash”) ON THE TOWN began previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially opened on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN are available at Ticketmaster.com.
ON THE TOWN is on more Top 10 lists than any other musical this year. It’s an “explosion of pure joy” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) with “the best dancing on Broadway” (Ben Brantley of The New York Times on NPR). Featuring eye-popping sets and gorgeous costumes, ON THE TOWN has “a rapturous and red blooded score” (Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News) by Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s greatest composers, brilliantly played by a 28 piece orchestra – the biggest on Broadway. This hit musical comedy is “everything a great show should be!” (Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal). Join three sailors with only 24-hour shore leave in New York as they are swept off their feet by three beautiful New York women for one amazing night ON THE TOWN!
ON THE TOWN currently stars Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line), Jay Armstrong Johnson (The New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd, Hands On A Hardbody, Hair), and Clyde Alves (Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It) as the sailors on 24-hour shore leave who take on the Big Apple; Megan Fairchild (New York City Ballet Principal Dancer), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot) and Elizabeth Stanley (Company) as the women who steal their hearts; and Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, Xanadu) in the role of “Madame Dilly”. Tony Award® winner Michael Rupert (Legally Blonde: The Musical, Ragtime, Falsettos, Sweet Charity) plays “Judge Pitkin” alongside Allison Guinn (Hair) as “Lucy Schmeeler,” Tony Award® nominee Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray, The Nance, Into The Woods).
Rounding out the cast is David Alvarez, Tanya Birl, Angela Brydon, Holly Ann Butler, Max Clayton, Kristine Covillo, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Eloise Kropp, Brandon Leffler, Jess LeProtto, Cory Lingner, Skye Mattox, Michael Rosen, Kathryn Terza, Ricky Ubeda, Cody Williams, Mikey Winslow, and Kevin Worley.
ON THE TOWN features book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Leonard Bernstein, performed by the largest orchestra on Broadway. The show is based on an idea by Jerome Robbins.
Created by the legendary creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins, ON THE TOWN grew out of the Jerome Robbins ballet Fancy Free, about three sailors on leave in New York, which debuted in 1944 with the American Ballet Theatre. The musical opened at Broadway’s Adelphi Theater later that year, directed by George Abbott, and played through February 2, 1946 for a total of 462 performances, transferring to the 44th Street Theatre and Martin Beck Theatre along the way.
ON THE TOWN features scenic and projection design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, Chaplin, Rock of Ages), lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Jason Lyons (Bring it On, Rock of Ages), costume design by Tony Award® winner Jess Goldstein (Newsies, Jersey Boys, The Rivals), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Kai Harada (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), hair and makeup design by Leah Loukas (A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), musical direction by James Moore, and additional material by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins.
ON THE TOWN is produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess); Severn Partners Entertainment; Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman; Paula Marie Black; Nigel Lythgoe; Michael J. Moritz Jr.; Ken Mahoney/Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway; Ambassador Theatre Group; Margie and Bryan Weingarten; Kim Schall; Michael Rubenstein; Terry, Louise and Chris Lingner; Corey Brunish and Brisa Trinchero; Stephanie Rosenberg; Domnick Laruffa Jr. and Rob Hinderliter; Neal Rubinstein/Jeremy Handelman; Lizbeth Bintz; Allan S. Gordon and Adam S. Gordon; Matt Ross/Ben Feldman/Pamela Cooper; and Barrington Stage Company.
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Seeing Megan in the show tonight. I happen to love this show and tonight will be the 10th time I see it! I have paid to see it eight times, and if you love dance, you must see this beautiful show.