Some movies and plays are brought down by the headlines. That isn't likely to happen to "On the Town," the 1945 musical that Toby's Musical Theater is doing. The time, in fact, may be just right for a revival of a musical that takes place in New York just a few weeks after World War II ended.
The emphasis, now as it was then, is on good fun, the kind service men looked for in the New York that was.
Leonard Bernstein did the music, Betty Comden and Adolph Green did the book and lyrics, and Jerome Robbins, the dancing and the staging. "On the Town," at Toby's, is almost as joyous as it was when it was first produced on Broadway.
The plot has three sailors prowl New York looking for Miss Turnstiles, celebrated subway rider of the month.
Carole Lehan is Miss Turnstiles, and Don Anderson is Gabey, who feels he must have a date with her. His buddies are Ozzie and Chip, played by Mike Carruthers and Terrence Sweeney, who find, for themselves, Claire de Lune, a student of anthropology, and Hildy Esterhazy, a lady cab driver who has one of the better numbers, "I Can Cook, Too."
The performers, to the last, are expert, and so is the dance. If you've never seen "On the Town," if you've never heard the score, this is the time to do so. The show will remain at Toby's through May 12.
"On the Town"
*** Three sailors look for fun in New York, only days after the war with Germany and Japan is ended.
CAST: Terry Sweeney, Sherri Edelen, Laura Quinn, Michael Carruthers, Don Anderson, Carole Lehan, Mishka Kischkum, Shannon Wollman
DIRECTOR: Toby Orenstein
RUNNING TIME: Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission
TICKETS: 596 6161