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An enjoyable night On the Town

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

On the Town
5th Avenue Theatre
Through May 2


Only a handful of shows can survive 60 years of performances and still be of interest to the public. On the Town is one of those shows. The 5th Avenue Theatre - in association with the Spectrum Dance Theater - continues its salute to Leonard Bernstein with their latest presentation of On the Town.

The musical follows the adventures of three sailors - Ozzie (Greg McCormick Allen), Chip (Matt Owen), and Gabey (Joe Aaron Reid) - going on a 24-hour leave in New York City. They are getting ready to be shipped overseas and they only have one day to see all the sights of The Big Apple. Ozzie is looking for "action" and ends up with Claire (Billie Wildrick), a sophisticated scientist who is already engaged. Chip wants to go sightseeing, but practically gets abducted by Hildy (Sarah Rudinoff), a tough-talking cabbie who focuses her amorous intent on the unsuspecting sailor. Gabey seeks out and eventually finds Ivy (Courtney Iventosch), a poster girl named "Miss Turnstile." As each couple goes along their way, there is a series of songs, dance numbers, and adventurous mishaps to intersect their paths.

The cast is delightful. The voices of all three men are equally powerful and clear. Allen and Owen are very good dancers, and when they start to hoof, it is something to be enjoyed. Reid is clearly the more seasoned dancer - as one could guess, as he is an import for this show from the New York stage. All three men move gracefully, combining classical dance and athletic ballet to present an art form that is definitely beautiful to watch.

The three female leads add strength, individuality, and comedy, holding their own opposite the strong leading men. Iventosch is the only female lead without a spotlight song, but she more than makes up for this with her dancing ability. She glides across the stage easily and stands counterpart to her male lead, Gabey. Wildrick is very funny as the woman torn between her anthropological studies, her stuffy and wealthy fiancé, and Ozzie, the sailor man. Her voice borders on operatic, but more importantly it's clear and easy to understand when she sings duets like "Carried Away." This song can easily be drowned out or thrown away due to the pace, but Wildrick and Allen make the lyrics (and their wit) understood. Rudinoff's portrayal of the loveable cabbie Hildy stands out above and beyond. Her character is perfect as the no-nonsense woman who sets her focus on Chip. From the patter song "Come Up To My Place" to the energetic "I Can Cook, Too," her timing, brash character and blunt humor comes through in spades.

On the Town was originally conceived by dance genius Jerome Robbins as a ballet set to the music of Leonard Bernstein. Dancing is an important factor in this show, and this production keeps that reputation going strong. Choreographer Bob Richard and assistant choreographer (and Dance Captain) David Alewine have a lot to do with the success of this mounting of the classic musical. There is a lot of dancing in this show, and it's done gracefully and extremely well. The steps are sharp in the quicker-paced numbers, and even the homage to police chase scenes is well done without becoming too clichéd.

On the Town was fleshed out to a full-fledged musical when writing team Betty Comden and Adolph Green came on board with Leonard Bernstein's music and Jerome Robbins' idea for ballet. Opening in 1944 with Nancy Walker as Hildy, the show ran for over 450 performances. The musical was revived in 1971 and ran for only 73 performances, but earned Bernadette Peters a Tony Award nomination for the role of Hildy. Revived again in 1998, the production ran for only 69 performances, this time with Lea DeLaria in the role of Hildy. The 1949 film version was directed by Gene Kelly, who cast himself in the role of Gabey, and Frank Sinatra as Chip. Despite most of Bernstein's music being replaced by that of Roger Eden, the film version holds as #19 on the American Film Institute's list of best movie musicals.

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