BCCM Presents “On The Town” For 10th Anniversary Season

July 14, 2009

Bayou City Concert Musicals celebrates its 10th Anniversary season with a staged concert version of Leonard Bernstein’s musical, “On The Town.”   The show features songs such as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “I Can Cook, Too.”  Opening at the Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin at Holman in Midtown, the production plays Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 for five performances only.  Performance times for the staged concert version are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Adam Gibbs as Chip, Tamara Syler as Hildy in Leonard Bernstein's “On The Town.”

Adam Gibbs as Chip, Tamara Syler as Hildy in Leonard Bernstein's “On The Town.”

 

“On The Town” features music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, choreography by Jerome Robbins and direction by George Abbott.  Inspired by Bernstein’s and Robbins’ ballet “Fancy Free,” “On The Town” was expanded into a full length production and opened on Broadway in 1944.  Though many remember the 1949 film, “On The Town,” that catapulted Gene Kelly into super-stardom, the film was not true to the Broadway musical.  The plot was revised, most of Bernstein’s music was dispensed with as being too “classical,” except for “New York, New York,” and Bernstein removed his name from the film version.

 

“On The Town” is the story of three sailors on 24 hours shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944.  In search of the girl of their dreams, the guys go from adventure to misadventure, singing and dancing their way through the subways, nightclubs, and museums of New York, until they finally find their girls at Coney Island. 

 

BCCM’S production will be directed by Paul Hope and Philip Lehl, with ballets choreographed by Krissy Richmond and musical numbers staged by Jenny Franco, musical direction is by Art Yelton and conducter is Dominique Royem.

 

Tickets for “On The Town” are available at 713-465-6484 or online at bayoucityconcertmusicals.org. BCCM is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

 

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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