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J B
Dallas, TX124 contributions
Couples
The newly renovated Lyric Theater in NYC has a wonderful new feature for theater goers! Their Ambassador Lounge for pre theater and intermission is a comfortable and attractive venue when attending a show. You are met by a hostess who delivers you to the private lounge. A dedicated bar tender awaits to provide refreshments. Excellent private restrooms and a cloak rack are added features. You are escorted to your seats a few minutes prior to the opening.
There is a modest fee but in my opinion it was well worth it. Other Broadway theaters should copy this addendum to their patrons. Hats off to the Lyric folks!
Written March 12, 2015
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Offtosomewhere
Oregon55 contributions
Friends
The theatre is beautiful and the musical play a lot of fun. We arrived early and purchased a cocktail and was surprised when the bartender served our drinks in very nice (plastic) "glasses;" no sippy-cup cocktails in this theatre. Another nice perk were the seats were very comfortable and even though this is a larger theatre, our orchestra seats were not too far from the stage and I think most of the seats in the theatre have a good view. The curtain on stage had an American flag projected onto it and before the play started the orchestra began playing our national anthem. Everyone I saw (whether from our country or not,) stood and/or sang along. I appreciated this patriotic act even if it was most likely just part of audience preparation for the play - which was about three sailors on leave in New York, the people they meet and the places they go. "The Bronx is up and the Battery down" and the sailors travel it all, including Coney Island, looking for a certain "Turnstile" poster gal. I highly recommend this fun play.
"New York, New York...it's a helluva town!" You'll find this song will be playing in your head days after the play ends.
Written October 17, 2014
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MaritzaPiliotis
Torquay, UK51 contributions
Friends
I was fortunate enough to see this show on the opening night - what a delight - the audience were all on their feet for the National Anthem - something we no longer do in the UK - and if you are visiting New York and want to see an honest to goodness old fashioned musical then this is the one for you - highly recommend the balcony where you can get a really good view of the stage and of the beautiful theatre for only $37 - unbelievably good value - all the other seats were upwards of $100
Written November 1, 2014
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Phileas_Blog
Calgary, Canada137 contributions
Family
Some Broadway revivals are successful (for example "Rent"), others perhaps not so much (the reality TV show cast of "Grease" comes to mind), and some shows should have been allowed to rest in peace - for all eternity. "On the Town" falls into that category. I realize that its revival run ends in a couple of week, but I am writing this in case someone gets the hare brained idea to bring this ghastly show back again sometime in the future.

I have seen dozens of Broadway shows, but this one is by far the worst I ever experienced - so bad in fact that the only sensible thing to do was to leave after Act 1 (after losing 90 minutes of our lives that we will never recoup). It's not that singing and dancing cast - they all did a fine job. But the story (if one actually believes that there is a story) is incredibly dumb and boring, and the childish attempts at slapstick humor repeatedly miss the mark. There is no relationship between the rudimentary plot and the extended dance numbers, the songs are lengthy and not at all memorable, and the entire production is simply much too long for its content. Maybe this behemoth was appropriate and entertaining in the mid fourties, but now seventy years later, it simply does not work. Our decision to leave early and instead have a nice meal at Boulud Sud was the only way to salvage the evening.

Sometimes it is just better to pull the plug for good, grief, and then move on with one's life.
Written August 28, 2015
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dorothy m
32 contributions
Friends
i was with two friends for four nights and we wanted to see a show. After looking through all the shows available we picked this one as we had all loved the film. Our seats were good, second row of balcony, right in the middle. The theatre was lovely, the setting was great. All was looking well. The first five minutes were really good, the dancers were amazing and the costumes and singing were good too. It was downhill all the way from there. It was cheesey, slapstick and nothing like the film. It was absolute torture, we couldn't understand the humour at all but the Americans around us seemed to be enjoying it immensely. We were so disappointed that we walked out at the interval.
Written August 7, 2015
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colin_p_everett
Wrexham, UK148 contributions
Couples
You always wonder whether hype exceeds reality; in our first experience of the much hyped Broadway the case was proven for the neon lit theatre strip. On the Town was spell-binding in its recreation of the Bernstein masterpiece. I loved the film as a kid; the latest stage production brought a level of devilment and sexual innuendo to the story which was always in good taste and never debasing. We loved every minute of the performance with a strong cast supported by an orchestra which was in timeless motion with the players. Do go and savour. We stretched to hiring a dress circle box and would recommend that you equally spoil yourselves.
Written October 21, 2014
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Chompash
50 contributions
Couples
This revival of "On the Town" is full of dancing and music and set in New York City. All performances were excellent. The theater is beautiful with great acoustics. There is a routine with a dinosaur model that is akin to the puppetry of War Horse that was very well done. Don't be afraid of inferior "nosebleed" seats - we were in the last row of the balcony and fully enjoyed the experience. Also, check for tickets at the theater box office. We sought discount tickets from the TKTS booth in Times Square, but they only had separate seats available (looking for 2 tickets on a Monday night). I called broadway.com who I knew had adjoining seats listed online earlier in the day - they still had them, but charged $12 processing fee per ticket. Checking with box office got us those same seats, without the processing fee ($37.50 each).
Written October 20, 2014
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Timothy E
Mount Pleasant, SC275 contributions
I attended the opening of "On the Town," which opened at the Lyric last night. Being a big fan of Leonard Bernstein, I have to say this light-hearted, whimsical performance was not only worthy of my time, but made time fly during its two and a half hour runtime. Time cast in the 1940's, the show is themed on three sailors with a 24 hour shore leave hitting NYC with unlimited energy and talent looking for female companionship. The dance and music kept me busy, and not once did I check my watch.
Megan Fairchild who has performed with the New York City Ballet seems to float through the air, drifting like a feather in her dance scenes. The orchestra brings to the stage the feel of a true 1950s big band. Unlike most Broadway productions, the orchestra is not in a pit degrading acoustic quality, but is raised to floor level and a key feature of the production. The stage settings are equally important and cleverly conceived to enhance the magnificent performance of the sailors, girls on shore, and supporting cast. The show is so absorbing, it is possible to forget this is 2014 and not 1945 and fall into the time and historical issues surrounding its original production. If you go to NYC this show is a must see. No question about it.
Written October 17, 2014
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W-Hartford_CT
Connecticut911 contributions
Friends
I had my trepidations when the revival of the 1944 musical, On the Town, was announced for the current Broadway season. The 1998 production was listless and flat and closed after two months. My concerns with the current version were allayed as soon as the deep-throated singer, Phillip Boykin ambled down the aisle of the Lyric Theatre singing the plaintive “I Feel Like I’m Not Out of Bed Yet.” Up on the stage workers waited impatiently for the Brooklyn Shipyards to open for business at the 6:00 am hour. Suddenly, three sailors literally explode onto the stage from one of the docked naval vessels, a 24 hour shore leave in hand singing the Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green tune “New York, New York” and, for the next seven minutes or so, dancing to the muscular, athletically-inspired choreography of Jerome Robbins (in this production rendered by Joshua Bergasse).

So begins the raucously giddy production of On the Town as the three intrepid sailors hunt down love and adventure on the streets of New York City. On the Town derives its delirious energy, its effervescent air from the combination of the ingratiating performances, what seems like non-stop dance numbers, the first-rate score, and even the vivid color palette of the scenic design.

The witty, and entertaining score by the triumvirate of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green still seems fresh today, 70 years after the musical first opened. It includes such classics as “Come Up to My Place,” “Carried Away,” “I Can Cook, Too,” “Lucky to Be Me,” and “Some Other Time.” And that’s not including the opening “New York, New York.”

There is no mistake that the dance numbers in On the Town are an homage to Jerome Robbins, but choreographer Joshua Bergasse doesn’t just rely on strict recreations of the style that made Robbins such a force on Broadway. Bergasse adds his own flourishes and embellishments to produce a harmonious duality between the two dance maestros.
Written July 1, 2015
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Lucy C
London, UK5 contributions
Friends
It was the first time I visited New York and therefore I knew had to see a broadway show!! I have seen Wicked, The Lion King and Mamma Mia in London and so decided to book 'On the Town' as I love the original movie with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly!!

The theatre is beautiful. We were seated at top and still had a fantastic view of the stage.

However, the show itself was a huge disappointment. It is NOT like the movie in any way and only includes one or two of the original songs. The storyline had been dramatically changed and the characters were unrecognisable from the film. The humour did not appeal to me either - very cheesy!

The dancers were incredibly talented and the set was very creative. However, if you are going to enjoy the songs and storyline from the original film, DO NOT BOOK THIS SHOW!! This is a very modern and different adaptation - it should not even be associated with the original film.
Written May 28, 2015
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