Cast members from the new revival of the musical “On The Town” presented three songs in the last Broadway in Bryant Park lunch-time concert of this summer.
Tony Yazbeck and two understudies, Brandon Leffler and Cody Williams, sang “New York, New York,” the best-known song from the 1944 musical written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green:
Alysha Umphress (five-time Broadway veteran, starting with American Idiot), who plays Hildy Esterhazy, sang “I Can Cook Too”
Tony Yazbeck (eight-time Broadway veteran, including two different productions of Gypsy), portrays Gabey, one of the three sailors on shore leave in New York City, looking for love and adventure. He sang “Lucky To Be Me”
“On The Town” grew out of the Jerome Robbins ballet Fancy Free, about three sailors on leave in New York. Its fourth Broadway production, directed by John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story), will start performance September 20th at the newly named Lyric Theater (which was most recently named the Foxwoods), and is scheduled to open officially on Thursday, October 16, 2014.