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On The Town

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Dated
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19 reviews
Members
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348 reviews
 

Three sailors with only 24 hour shore leave in New York are swept off their feet by three beautiful New York women for one amazing night, in this classic musical.

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From the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Coney Island to Times Square and Carnegie Hall, "On the Town" zigzags through New York City as the sailors and the three high-spirited young women they meet chase love, dreams, and each other during an unforgettable day in the city that never sleeps.

 

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Reviews (367)

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85
Avg Score

95
The New York Times

"And now, a show about sex that you can take the whole family to: the kids, the grandparents, even your sister the nun. That idea may sound kind of creepy, or (worse) dreary. But I assure you that the jubilant revival of “On the Town,” which opened Thursday night at the Lyric Theater, is anything but." Full Review

80
New York Post

"Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s book and lyrics still crackle and pop after all these decades, and therein lies the rub: The show’s already written funny, so director John Rando’s frantic oversell can feel a little desperate...But that can’t dim the glittering gem that is “On the Town,” with its delirious, high-energy score." Full Review

75
Variety

"“On the Town” is back on Broadway, and whaddya know, it’s still a helluva show...and although the young and vital cast is light on acting chops, the dancing is sensational." Full Review

65
Time Out New York

"Although it occasionally pushes too hard, John Rando’s production inspires considerable affection...I suspect there will be people who love the torch-carrying spirit of this On the Town, and I wish them, and it, the best. To me, however, it seems a bit like a well-mounted exhibit at some Natural History Museum of Broadway: a stuffed lark." Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"Although Copeland's acting is stilted and her singing ability very modest, she acquits herself nicely in the role. She has a natural star quality accentuated by her striking beauty and all-American sex appeal, and her dancing, not surprisingly, is sublime. The part is small enough that her lack of acting experience doesn't weigh too heavily, and her lithe physicality is gorgeously illustrated in several dance numbers." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Playgoers who haven't walked away from a Broadway musical beaming since before they can remember should head over to Times Square...Comden and Green pioneered a fast and funny, comic sketch-style musical comedy while Bernstein loaded in a mixture of show tunes and highbrow stuff...This On the Town would leave them tickled pink and leaping for joy." Full Review

70
New York Magazine / Vulture

"On the Town is a heartbreakingly youthful work: both about youth and by youth. Watching its three sailors pursue a lifetime of adventure while on 24-hour shore leave in New York, New York, you can’t help sensing the shadows of the three giddy pals who knocked the show together in 1944." Full Review

95
New York Theater

"If 'On The Town' does not hold the kind of sacred place as the flag or the Star-Spangled Banner, it is part of its own American tradition – an early American musical comedy classic. Not every production has been able to rekindle the original excited reaction to this savvy mix of silken song, dazzling dance and silly story – high-brow art in a pas de deux with middle-brow entertainment. This fourth Broadway production does." Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"When did you last see a big-budget musical that made you want to shout with joy? If you’ve been feeling anxious about the lukewarm state of American musical comedy, get ready to get hot again: The new Broadway revival of “On the Town” is everything a great show should be." Full Review

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The Hollywood Reporter

"A glorious 28-piece orchestra playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of a giant American flag safety curtain has the audience on its feet before On the Town gets started. But it’s the jagged blasts of brass, the languorously bluesy romantic ballads and the exuberant comedy numbers of Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy score that make this vibrant Broadway revival such transporting entertainment." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"Three footloose sailors aren’t the only ones who get lucky in “On the Town.” The audience does, too. Director John Rando has assembled a great cast for this fizzy and frisky revival. Tracing a tale of World War II tars on leave in the big city, the production feels like a big, juicy kiss. So pucker up, New York." Full Review

80
Deadline

"The ants-in-their-pants revival of On The Town that snap, crackle and popped open on Thursday night is so unabashedly old-fashioned it could seduce a Red State senator. And yet it’s also so subversively fresh you may find yourself wondering when Broadway musicals got so stuffy." Full Review

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Newsday

"Unless you bought a ticket expecting all-Misty, all-the-time, however, the first theater appearance by American Ballet Theatre's newly appointed first black principal dancer was an impressive and satisfying event...She definitely can act -- with her expressive body, of course, but also with her (heavily miked) voice. Her singing, the little she does here, has a gutsy quality that exudes personality, if not elegant tone." Full Review

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Newsday

"John Rando's altogether loving, good-humored, skimpy-looking but imaginative frolic...We miss the shadow of World War II that surely must hover over young men on their last 24-hour shore leave before shipping out. Instead, this just is a breezy, peppy, pleasantly libidinous valentine to New York-New York that respects Leonard Bernstein's jazzy brainy score with a lush 28-piece orchestra." Full Review

90
The Washington Post

"Re-electrifying a show in its dying days, ballet sensation Misty Copeland brings considerable charisma and elegant physicality to her Broadway debut. As you might expect of a theater novice, Copeland’s acting abilities conform to only a narrow range of accomplishment, oscillating between charm and vivacity. And the voice is most assuredly still a work in progress. But as for the real skill that landed her on the stage, well, on that count we’re in far more scintillating territory." Full Review

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USA Today

"Director John Rando, choreographer Joshua Bergasse and music director James Moore have mined the show for all its raw poignance, without sacrificing any of its jazzy wit or exuberant romanticism...The result is a portrait of Town's primary subjects, New York City and young love, that will leave you both exhilarated and haunted." Full Review

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Stu on Broadway

"Director John Rando admirably takes all the various components of such a big, splashy enterprise and makes it work. The key is harmony, taking a spirited, care-free show and successfully balancing the extensive production numbers so the 2 ½ hour musical flows smoothly without unnecessary starts and fits." Full Review

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WNBC

"Living in New York City, it’s easy to forget the fun of experiencing it all for the first time. It’s the sort of childlike discovery that makes even a crowded subway seem like a magical place. That unmitigated glee is alive and well at the Broadway revival of the they-don’t-make-‘em-like-they-used-to musical “On the Town.”" Full Review

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The New York Times

"Her Ivy was terrific...Ms. Copeland’s singing voice may be flat, but this is a dancing role, and her Ivy has vulnerability and moxie. She lit up the stage of the Lyric Theater — enough to make you wonder: Is Ms. Copeland’s home on Broadway? Here, she finally looked like a star, more fresh and free than she’s appeared in ages." Full Review

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81
Avg Score

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love classic musicals, amazing choreography, and large orchestras! This show was such a pleasure!

Don't see it if You are bored by old musicals (although I had a hard time being bored during this show!)

90
Absorbing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a great upbeat classic musical.

Don't see it if you prefer something more contemporary or dark.

80
Family-friendly, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Cheeky

See it if you want some fun, family-friendly music, fluffy old-school historical theater entertainment. VERY tongue-in-cheek & innocent, well-staged.

Don't see it if bit dated old-school muscials aren't your thing. It's a cute show, endearing, somewhat enchanting and sweat. Fun for everyone in the family.

74
Romantic, Cliched, Predictable, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you want a classic feel-good musical that is period and laden with tap-numbers

Don't see it if you're looking for something of real substance, dislike dance breaks, want something memorable

84
Enchanting, Charming, Great dancing

See it if love a grand and gorgeous revival of a classic. Dazzling dancing, beautiful singing, charming acting. A helluva show!

Don't see it if you want something modern, edgy or contemporary. Or if you don't like dancing.

74
Banal, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you like revivals.

Don't see it if A bit dated, couldn't wait for the play to end.

88
Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if you love Americana musicals that are little more than an excuse to sing and dance. This is it and it does it very well!

Don't see it if you are wanting something deep, profound or complex. This is a musical confection and that's just fine.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A fantastic revival.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

79
Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if U like old fashioned Broadway musicals

Don't see it if You are looking for something updated and fast paced.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great songs, Patriotic

See it if You like catchy songs and fabulous dancing. You live in or love NYC. You think sailors are fun.

Don't see it if You're not into classic Broadway musicals. You don't like NYC.

76
Delightful, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want a big musical, classic songs, and great choreography

Don't see it if You want a deep story, this isn't it. Also, the dancing is great but not superb

81
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun grand old fashion musical.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with real substance.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Fantastic show

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

97
Great acting, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if One of the best shows I've seen. So much fun and talent.

Don't see it if You thought the movie was stupid.

85
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, A classic

See it if you love singin' and dancin'. I went 3 times to this terrific revival. Great talent on stage, well directed. It's a helluva show!

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces. Parts went slowly; room for cutting. I didn't enjoy Hoffman, tho others did. High production values.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Romantic, Great dancing

See it if you love a great dance show, classic musical comedy, and catchy tunes. Well-designed, well-produced, great fun.

Don't see it if you want something edgy and contemporary. This is definitely a throw-back revival to musicals of the era with a fresh design.

88
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like updated classic movies. This had great dancing and ballet incorporated as well. Beautiful staging

Don't see it if You don't like remakes. Had a lot of Ballet

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a 3-hour ballet.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical instead of a ballet, or don't have the patience to sit through the slowest 3 hours of your life.

76
Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Great singing, Very funny

See it if you are a Gene Kelly fan.

Don't see it if don't like a lot of dancing.

75
Delightful, Slow, Dated, Excellent choreography

See it if you want to see a classic musical revived with stellar dance and music you're probably already familiar with.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy revivals or dance-heavy productions.

86
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great energy, High spirited

See it if You love happy, classic movies from the 60's and memorable songs.

Don't see it if If you dislike Gene Kelly or New York.

72
Delightful, Romantic, Classic, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you love dance and shows set in NYC.

Don't see it if you can't handle a good long dance number.

80
Delightful

See it if you like On the Town, and see it if you don't. I think this is the production that will change your mind.

Don't see it if you hate classic singing, dancing, and delightfulness.

73
Enchanting, Romantic, Cliched, Dated, Great staging

See it if you like beautiful dancing but don’t mind a super dated story or music.

Don't see it if you’re tired of overt heterosexuality

80
Delightful, Exquisite, Dated, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you want to be entertained and enjoy spectacular dancing

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned shows