Theater: Tepid Nite "On The Town;" Overwrought "Belle"

October 22, 2014 11:17 PM

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How can you fail with On The Town? This bubbly, classic musical is filled with great musical numbers and a book by Comden and Green with music by Leonard Bernstein, comic characters that allow numerous actors to shine, lots of dancing and to top it off sailors in their navy whites on leave in New York City. It's the next best thing to being in New York during Fleet Week (when in fact, it feels like the entire town is merely the backdrop to an immersive performance of On The Town sans -- sadly -- dancing sailors).

And yet, the show has never been successfully revived since its debut at the tail end of World War II (followed by the rather different but wonderful film in 1949). According to the indispensable Internet Broadway Database, On The Town's original run lasted just over one year. A revival in 1971 last...

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