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On the Town

On the Town production photo
photo credit:
Michael Marfione

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
March 14 – 17, 2012

Directed by David A. Fox and Dr. Rosemary Malague
Musical Direction by Zachary Wiseley
Lighting Design by Peter Whinnery
Costume Design by Millie Hiibel
Scenic Design by Eric Baratta

On the Town is a classic American musical, composed by Leonard Bernstein, with libretto and lyrics by the famous writing team Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The setting is New York in World War II, when three young sailors hit the town for a day’s leave in the big city (the show’s most famous song is “New York, New York”). Over the course of the day, they encounter three young women, an anthropologist, a taxi driver, and an aspiring performer—and adventures ensue.

The musical is both exuberant and poignant, featuring six vibrant young people, eager to embrace life; their exciting day in New York is set against the backdrop of war—and their own uncertain futures.

Penn’s Theatre Arts Program is very pleased to produce this musical, which has not had a revival in Philadelphia for a great many years. The production was directed by faculty members David Fox and Rose Malague.