The long-gestating Broadway revival On the Town will play the newly renamed, newly renovated Lyric Theatre (formerly known as the Foxwoods Theatre, prior home to Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), producers Howard and Janet Kagan have announced. The production is directed by Tony winner John Rando, with choreography by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse.
Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green's classic musical will open in October 2014, 70 years after the show's original production in 1944. On the Town will feature a 28-piece orchestra led by James Moore, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Jason Lyons, costume design by Jess Goldstein, and sound design by Kai Harada.
Rando's production of On the Town originated at New York City Center Encores! and was seen last summer at Barrington Stage Company. That production starred Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Clyde Alves as a trio of sailors looking for love in the Big Apple, with Elizabeth Stanley, Alysha Umphress, and Deanna Doyle as the objects of their affection. Casting and exact dates for the Broadway mounting will be announced in the coming months.
Ambassador Theatre Group, the new owners of the historic theater at the crossroads of 42nd Street and Times Square, have renamed the space after the original Lyric Theatre that stood on the site, the façade of which still stands. The theater was rumored to have been the future home of the musical King Kong after previous tenant Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark closed in January.