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On The Town

From 19 critic and 365 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Dated

About the show

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. More…

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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Lyric Theatre (Midtown W)

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


"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

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

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

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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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

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


"“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

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


"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

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Funny, Great singing

See it if You'd enjoy a funny, romantic comedy musical. The singing, costumes and staging are all top notch.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the classic broadway showstopper. This is definitely a classic show. The acting, singing, dancing and staging are big!

Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Hilarious, Epic

See it if If you love classical broadway and ballet and a nice laugh.

Don't see it if If you hate musicals.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Fantastic show

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

Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if if you like to see/hear amazing dancing and singing

Don't see it if you don't like classical musicals

Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you love old MGM films.

Don't see it if you hate corny musicals.

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fun

See it if you enjoy song and dance routines. Very Gene Kelly-ish. Loved it!

Don't see it if you only like a more modern song & dance show

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You believe in love in first sight, want to see an amazing ballet scene and great Nyc scenery

Don't see it if You aren't a hopeless romantic or fan of musicals or dance.

Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if love being entertained!

Don't see it if Gene-Kelly type shows are not your thing.

Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You win the TodayTix lottery like I did and love musical comedies! :)

Don't see it if You don't like musical comedies.

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Slow

See it if Great show amazing cast. The perfect show to see true Broadway dancing at its best

Don't see it if This show is more dance that other shows so it's not for everyone

Funny, Masterful, Must see, Underrated, Romantic

See it if just see it. The ballet numbers are beautiful. the comedy is pristine. the singing and acting perfect. Bernstein at his best.

Don't see it if hate New York and people.

Classic, Great dancing/choreography, Fun, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love classic, old-school Broadway shows with big dance numbers and great songs.

Don't see it if you prefer newer material or something that is not dated

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Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Clever

See it if Classic and wonderful

Don't see it if Na

Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

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.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if love musical theatre. Seriously, it's a story well told, well-acted, well-sung, amazingly-danced, beautifully staged! Very special.

Don't see it if want an epic plot. The beauty of this show is the depth of emotion mined in a deceptively screwball premise.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if Sorry it closed

Don't see it if If you don't mind a lot of dancing

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy a musical set NYC with wonderful song and dance numbers. The acting was excellent with a light, but funny story line.

Don't see it if You expect a heavy story with few laughs and no dancing or singing.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, 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!)

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like singing, dancing and a great story

Don't see it if you don't like old movies

Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Must see, Great singing

See it if you enjoyed the movie and would like to compare it.

Don't see it if you are weird and do not like Broadway plays.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the lush and invigorating scores of Leonard Bernstein. The Joshua Bergasse choreography is incredible.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy classic style broadway.

Dated, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like old movie musicals brought to life on the stage, filled with great music from old-time master like Gershwin, charmed by ballet.

Don't see it if can't stand classic music from genius composes like Gershwin, hate ballet and long dance productions, large singing chorus and boy gets girl

Dated, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you enjoy old time musicals, and unbelievable dance numbers along with clever writing that will make you laugh.

Don't see it if You enjoy modern musicals, and are not a fan of classic musicals.

Funny, Great dancing, Great music

See it if You like musicals, tap dancing and old fashioned shows! So cute!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals!

Funny, Romantic, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if This beautiful production is a must see for everyone who loves the history of Broadway and appreciates classic theater musicals.

Don't see it if You want something edgy or filled with special effects. This is a beautiful staging of an old musical

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