'On the Town': No Frank, No Gene, No Jules, No Problem

April 3, 2015 5:49 PM

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My daughters, Lea and Sara, ages 9 and 12, were very skeptical about On the Town as a revival. MGM's 1949 movie version is one of their absolute favorites. As Sara said, when I asked her if she cared to see On the Town on Broadway: "Papa. How can they replace Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly? With who?"

It is a tribute, I guess, to the revival's ad campaign -- as broadcast in the back of taxi cabs (God help me) and plastered on the side of buses (on the town, indeed!) -- that my girls eventually became curious. Clearly, those three sailor guys were not Kelly or Sinatra (or even Munshin), but they c...

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