Preview of “On the Town”: Barrington Stage Brings Back the Real Musical with a Hot Cast, Director, Choreographer [Berkshire on Stage]
Story by Larry Murray
You want great music and dancing? Well, this is your chance. With casting for On the Town just announced by Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, it’s time to preview this great Bernstein/Comden/Green musical, which has the longest run of any Berkshire musical this summer – a full month from June 12 through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield. The press opening is Sunday, June 16 at 5pm, and our review will follow within a day.
New York, New York, it’s a helluva score!
There’s a lot that makes this musical a must-see, starting from the simple fact that if you have seen the movie with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly and think what is on the stage is the same show, you will be surprised. It’s almost completely different, and it is better. That’s because the score as written by the great Leonard Bernstein at the very beginning of his career is 90% different on stage than it is in the movie. Here’s why, from the original writers of the book and lyrics: