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Colton Ryan and Anna Uzele to Star in New York, New York on Broadway

The new musical begins previews in March.

Colton Ryan and Anna Uzele will star in New York, New York on Broadway.
Colton Ryan and Anna Uzele will star in New York, New York on Broadway.
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Colton Ryan will star as “Jimmy Doyle”, and Anna Uzele will star as “Francine Evans” in the upcoming Broadway production of New York, New York, which will begin previews at the St. James Theatre on March 24 ahead of an official opening night on April 26.

Inspired by the 1977 Martin Scorsese film that starred Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, New York, New York has a book by David Thompson and Sharon Washington, songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and additional lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph. The film’s screenplay was written by Earl M. Rauch.

According to an official description, “It is 1946, the war is over, and a resurgent New York is beginning to rebuild. As steel beams swing overhead, a collection of artists has dreams as big and diverse as the city itself. Among them is Francine Evans, a young singer just off the bus from Philly, who is destined for greatness. At least, until she encounters New York native Jimmy Doyle, a brilliant but disillusioned musician looking for his ‘major chord’ in life: music, money, love. The odds of both achieving all three are slim. But if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.”

Ryan made his Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen as the understudy for the title role before going on to portray “Connor” in the film adaptation. Drama Desk Award winner Anna Uzele made her Broadway debut as “Andrea Devereaux” in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once on This Island, before going on to originate the role of “Catherine Parr” in the Tony Award-winning musical Six in the Broadway and North American Tour productions.

Additional cast and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

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