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Sightings: Paper Mill Playhouse Presents "On the Town "

What do you get when you combine…

• the genius of Jerome Robbins with the musical talents of Leonard Bernstein,

• Betty Comden and Adolph Green's comedic book and lyrics,

• with a generous splash of fresh choreography from Patti Colombo and the superb staging of director Bill Berry?

A zesty musical revival like none other!

Set in Manhattan during 1944, On the Town is a delightful tale of three sailors who are granted a full day’s leave. The sailors meet and fall in love with three very lovely ladies, who help them embrace and enjoy the next 24 hours to the fullest.

The Paper Mill Playhouse of Millburn, New Jersey received lauded praise for their three week run of this stellar production in December. In fact, The New York Times proclaimed it as being “….better than any musical now playing on Broadway...” Everything from the dances to staging, to set and costume design have all been completely re-styled and transformed, providing audiences with a fresh, lively, colorful respite from the dreary winter blues.

And speaking of costumes, Class Act Tutu received the honor of constructing On the Town’s gorgeous tutus which can be seen in this YouTube video, at approximately 7 minutes, 45 seconds into the clip.

If you didn’t get a chance to see this outstanding production in New Jersey, do not despair. Seattle’s own 5th Avenue Theater will showcase the touring production of On the Town, April 11th—May 2nd, 2010. Stay tuned for more details!

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