“ON THE TOWN” COMING TO SACRAMENTO'S MUSIC CIRCUS IN THE WELLS FARGO PAVILION JULY 11-16
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
The 67th Music Circus season continues with the classic Leonard Bernstein musical comedy “On The Town” beginning July 11-16 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.
This will be just the third time the Bernstein masterpiece has been produced at Music Circus, and its first appearance in the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Previous Music Circus productions were in 1955 and 1961.
“On The Town” follows the adventures of three sailors on a 24 hour leave from their ship docked in New York City during World War II.
Join Ozzie, Chip, Gabey and the three high-spirited young women they meet as they chase love and dreams during an unforgettable day in the city that never sleeps. With a soaring score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, songs include: “Lonely Town,” “I Can Cook, Too," and the iconic “New York, New York.”
Sam Lips will be making his Music Circus debut as Gabey, one of the three sailors on a 24-hour New York adventure in “On the Town.”
Lips played the title role in “Pippin” on tour, as well as appearing in the Broadway production. Additional credits include “Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” on Broadway, the North American premiere of Baz Lurhmann’s “Strictly Ballroom” and the National Tour of “Wicked.”
Matt Loehr returns to Music Circus as Chip after last season’s performance as Jimmy Winter in “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” his Broadway turns include “The Book of Mormon” as Elder McKinley, the original cast of “The Producers,” “ Elf,” “Mary Poppins” and more.
For his first Music Circus production, Clyde Alves, will play Ozzie, the role he originated in the recent Broadway revival of “On the Town,” he has appeared in numerous Broadway productions including “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Wicked,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Anything Goes” and “The Music Man.”
In addition to appearing as Babette in this season’s Music Circus production of “Beauty and the Beast” and Jean MacLaren in the 2014 production of “Brigadoon,” Courtney Iventosch will be portraying Ivy Smith; her Broadway experience includes “Something Rotten!” and “Wicked,” in which she also appeared on tour.
Bringing Hildy Esterhazy to the stage is Jennifer Cody, whose Broadway shows include “A Christmas Story,” “Shrek the Musical,” “The Pajama Game” and more, as well as extensive voice work for movies, TV and commercials including creating the voice of Charlotte La Beoeuff in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”
Appearing in the recent Broadway revival of “On the Town,”Holly Ann Butler returns to the show at Music Circus in the role of Claire De Loone; she has appeared on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Grease,” and was in last summer’s Music Circus production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Previously at Music Circus in “42nd Street,” Susan Cella, returns to play the role of Madame Maude P. Dilly; she has appeared on Broadway in “The Graduate,” “Me” and “My Girl,” “Evita” and “On the Twentieth Century,” as well as in the National Tours of “Fiddler on the Roof,” “42nd Street,” and “La Cage aux Folles.”
In addition to his television work, including a recurring role as Dr. Kurian on Syfy’s “Z Nation,” Donald Corren, playing Judge Pitkin W. Bridgework, has performed on Broadway in “Souvenir” and “Torch Song Trilogy,” and in numerous Off Broadway and regional productions. In the role of Lucy Schmeeler is Karen Hyland, who was in last summer’s Music Circus production of “Hello, Dolly!” and has appeared on Broadway in “Scandalous” and “Ghost,” as well as Off-Broadway in “Cagney” and in “City Center” Encore’s production of “Anyone Can Whistle.”
Joseph Torello, playing Workman #1 and various ensemble roles, just appeared in the “City Center Encore” production of “The Golden Apple,” was in Live from Lincoln Center’s production of “Carousel” with the New York Philharmonic and a Carnegie Hall benefit production of “Guys and Dolls.”
He has appeared at Music Circus in “Camelot, ,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “South Pacific” and “The Music Man.”
The cast for “On The Town” also includes: Ashley Arcement, Ixchel Cuellar, Meghan Faddis, Jordana Grolnick, Devon Hadsell, Eric Anthony Johnson, Matthew J. Kilgore, Parker Krug, Adam Lendermon, Stephanie Maloney, Bryan Charles Moore, Elyse Niederee, Dennis O'Bannion, Sean Seymour, Cooper Taggard, Connor Wince and Jessica Wockenfuss.
“On The Town” will be directed by Linda Goodrich, who has directed and choreographed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, including work at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and New York Music Theatre Festival, and regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh CLO and St. Louis MUNY.
Choreographer is Mark Esposito, a veteran Broadway performer and choreographer a number of Music Circus productions. who has assisted and worked with directors and choreographers such as Jerome Robbins, Agnes De Mille, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Jerry Zaks.
In addition to choreographing a number of Music Circus productions. Musical Director Dennis Castellano, who heads the Musical Theatre program at UC Irvine, has been musical directing for Music Circus since 1981, for productions including “Hair,” “Mary Poppins,” “Show Boat,” “Sweeney Todd” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, July 11-15, at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Thursday, July 13 and Saturday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.
Tickets for “On The Town” start at $45 and are available by phone at 916) 557-1999, online at www.Tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street in Sacramento.
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director/COO Scott Klier and Artistic Consultant Glenn Casale. California Musical Theatre President/CEO is Richard Lewis.
Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from Music Circus publicity department.