Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wonderful Town

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Based on their play My Sister Eileen, which is itself based on the collection of short stories by Ruth McKenney of the same name.

Eileen is a beautiful innocent from Ohio seeking fame as an actress on Broadway. Ruth is Eileen’s older sister, who wants to be a writer, but must protect Eileen from the unspeakable evils and dangers they’re sure they’ll find in New York City in 1935. In their basement apartment in Greenwich Village they fend off the former tenant’s “dance students”, are kept awake all night by underground dynamite blasts from the subway construction, hide their All-American football playing neighbor from his live-in girlfriend’s mother, both fall for the same guy, host a really uncomfortable dinner party, and teach a raucous group of Brazilian Naval Cadets how to conga, which leads to Eileen being hauled off to jail for creating a disturbance. And that’s just Act One! Wonderful Town won five 1953 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress. With a score that includes ”A Little Bit in Love”, “One Hundred Easy Ways (To Lose a Man)”, “Wrong Note Rag” and “Ohio”, why, oh why, oh why-oh? Why would you miss the first Leonard Bernstein show that MTG has ever presented?

The Cast

Eydie Alyson
Will Collyer
Pamela Hamill
Kristi Holden
David Holmes
Damon Kirsche
Roy Leake, Jr.
Ashley Fox Linton
Jennifer Malenke
Jeffrey Scott Parsons
Mark Reis
Michael Shepperd
Lowe Taylor

with guest artists
Jules Chavarria
Justin Jones
Matt Merchant
Tory Trowbridge
Daniel Switzer
Justin Michael Wilcox
David Zack

Directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld
Music Direction by Dean Mora
Choreography by Lee Martino