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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mating season has arrived at the Barrington Stage Company. This theatrical outpost in the Berkshires has recreated the habitat of creatures whose ruling imperative is to find sexual partners fast. You will be happy to know that, nature being generous by and large, most of them get — how shall we put it? — lucky. You, in turn, will surely feel lucky to be in their company for a couple of hours.
http://theater.nytimes.com/...

John Rando’s production of “On the Town,” the 1944 musical about three sailors on shore leave in New York City, is one of those rare revivals that remind us what a hit show from long ago was originally all about. In this case, it’s the sex, stupid. That should be a no-brainer given that the plot concerns servicemen, long deprived of female company, bent on finding dream dates (or any dates) under a 24-hour deadline.

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The production runs only through July 13, giving it the mayfly-like life span of the romances it portrays. Normally, I wouldn’t tell citizens of the five boroughs to drive three hours to be told that New York is a helluva town. But this enchanted vision of a city that was — and of course never was — is worth catching before it evaporates.

That was Ben Brantley, everyone, reviewing for the NYT.

Bernstein's glorious score:

A little background:

On the Town is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them "New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "I Can Cook, Too" (for which Bernstein also wrote the lyrics), and "Some Other Time". The story concerns three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors becomes enamoured of a particular woman — and of the city itself.

On the Town was first produced on Broadway in 1944 and was made into a film in 1949 - although the film replaced all but three of the original Broadway songs with Hollywood-written substitutes. The show has enjoyed a number of major revivals. The musical integrates dance into its storytelling: Robbins made a number of ballets and extended dance sequences for the show, including the "Imaginary Coney Island" ballet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/...

"I Can Cook, Too":

"Imaginary Coney Island":

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 05:00:16 PM PDT

  •  Let's Go to My Place (4+ / 0-)

    I think this is from the short-lived Broadway revival of around 2001 or so.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 05:29:51 PM PDT

    •  I worked that show (0+ / 0-)

      That was my first contract as a Head Elec. on B'way.

      We opened Nov. '98 and closed in Jan. '99, I think we ran about 70 Perfs.

      I really liked the horn heavy arrangements, they reminded me of the Big Band Era. Many people decried the lack of strings.....

      This production was fatally flawed from the get-go.

      There were some horribly poor casting choices, almost zero chemistry between cast members, and a stage full of a giant set piece that drew focus away from a generally weak cast...

      "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

      by ARS on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 06:32:13 PM PDT

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  •  I saw this show in its first preview (4+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, Munchkn, Portlaw, slksfca

    It was absolutely marvelous, and I w delighted to see the Times give it a well-deserved front page review.

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:51:58 PM PDT

    •  It certainly sounds wonderful (3+ / 0-)
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      SottoVoce, Portlaw, slksfca

      Thanks for stopping by. Brantley rarely gives raves as unequivocal as this one.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:59:51 PM PDT

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      •  My friend and I felt it should go (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Portlaw, Youffraita, slksfca

        To NYC after the run in MA.

        Great to see Barrington Stage all grown up and sparkling.

        "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

        by SottoVoce on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 08:08:53 PM PDT

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        •  From Brantley's review (1+ / 0-)
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          slksfca

          it certainly sounds worthy of Broadway. But I don't know how these decisions are made (or what the bookings are like for the various theaters).

          I've never been to see a Barrington production, but was delighted to find the clip on YT.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 08:40:39 PM PDT

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  •  I like the movie version. (1+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita

    And I'd just love to be able to see this production, which sounds pretty sweet. Wish I were on the other coast for this one!

    There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    by slksfca on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 01:21:24 AM PDT

    •  Oh, believe me, I wish I could see it too! n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 02:00:33 PM PDT

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