Perry Laylon Ojeda    Jesse Tyler Ferguson    Robert Montano

Lea DeLaria     Sarah Knowlton    Tai Jimenez    Mary Testa

 

It seems that the classics have taken the 1998/99 Broadway season by storm. Unfortunately not all   revivals are worthy of the fame of the originals. That's the case with this ON THE TOWN.

When the show opened on Broadway in 1944 it was a whiff of fresh air and an instant success. The music by Leonard Bernstein was amazingly modern for its time and the book and lyrics by Comden & Green were a perfectly funny match for it.

Today the fresh air is gone and what's left could have been a great revival.

The cast is good. Perry Laylon Ojeda is a nice Gabey; Lea DeLaria takes star credit as the funny cabdriver; but it's Mary Testa who, as Madame Dilly, steals the show. She is absolutely fantastic and she should get a Tony for her performance.

The biggest problem with this revival is the choreography. Several names were attached to it, although Keith Young signed it, but the result is rather boring. For a musical that’s supposed to be funny and happy the dances are too classic and there's no joy  in them. On the plus side, director George C. Wolfe takes good advantage of the sets.

By the end of the show, I felt like something was missing from the entire evening and wondered if the original was a phenomenon of its time.

 

Book and Lyrics by BETTY COMDEN & ADOLPH GREEN   Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Choreographed by KEITH YOUNG     Directed by GEORGE C. WOLFE

Rated by Jorge: ++