Musicals Tonight! presents a revival of this beloved tuner about two sisters who move to NYC to fulfill their artistic dreams featuring songs by Leonard Bernstein, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green. More…
A musical about the misadventures of two sisters who move from their comfortable hometown in Ohio to Greenwich Village to pursue their artistic passions. Ruth is an aspiring writer, average in appearance and can’t keep a man’s attention, no matter what. Eileen, a fledgling actress, is a beautiful dancer, who–without even trying–has men falling at her feet. Inspired by a collection of short stories published in 'The New Yorker,' 'Wonderful Town' is a '50s classic.
"The 1953 Bernstein score retains its effervescence and charm, as well as presaging music to come from him in future years...While Pappas’ production is a delightful throwback to a more innocent time, it is guilty of some odd choices...'Wonderful Town' is one of those musical comedies which seem to get better as they age...Director Evan Pappas has given the Musicals Tonight! revival a bright, breezy, high-spirited production that is certain to put a smile on your face." Full Review
"This lively production features the talents of director Evan Pappas, whose keen eye for character turns and aesthetic arrangements, even when his cast just poses, serve to entertain and enhance, and choreographer Antoinette DiPietropolo, whose work is buoyant. It also features an unusual cavalcade of good actors having fun with smaller roles...The musical itself is a romp and there are so many unexpectedly nifty moments, I found myself smiling almost throughout the whole piece." Full Review
See it if Not often done, "Wonderful Town" is doing great in Chicago partly due to Mary Zimmerman's superb staging and girl-off-the-street casting.
Don't see it if Are looking for glamorous stars and recognizable tunes. A deep, profound story.
See it if This 1953 Leonard Bernstein/Comden & Green musical really holds up - funny, sharp, terrific music & lyrics. Cast is obviously having a ball.
Don't see it if This is a low budget, staged reading with absolutely minimal sets and costumes; as long as you're okay with this you'll have a blast!
See it if You are a theatre lover and are interested in older musical comedy works for the sake of the art form and want to hear good singing!
Don't see it if Your not into cheesy content and stereotypical musical theatre.
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