Giveaway: On the Town on Broadway

When I think of certain films I was introduced to as a young girl, I can’t help but smile. One of those films was ON THE TOWN, a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and amazing talent such as Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. My parents took me and my sisters to see it at a repertory film house in downtown Atlanta. For two hours, we were transported to the city of NYC with a group of sailors (Gabey, Chip and Ozzie) galavanting for 24 hours on their leave through music and dance. I saw the play later in Central Park at the Delacorte and was thrilled to see it come to Broadway this season.

ON THE TOWN offers some of the best dancing and singing on Broadway. It also features eye popping sets, gorgeous costumes and a 28 piece orchestra. The play is set during World War 2 just as women were coming out of the kitchen and into their own and it’s interesting to watch the three women the guys hook up with. You have Hildy, played by Alysha Umphress, who plays a gutsy cab driver and sings with passion and gusto. Elizabeth Stanley plays Claire de Loon, an anthropologist who sings like an opera singer. Megan Fairchild plays Miss Turnstiles and boy, can she dance. Between the six of them and a large supporting cast, a lot of magic happens on that stage. The show is definitely an acquired taste, and it’s a feel good show audiences love.

CAST: Tony Yazbeck (Gabey), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Chip), Clyde Alves (Ozzie), Megan Fairchild (Ivy), Alysha Umphress (Hildy), Elizabeth Stanley (Claire), Michael Rupert (Pitkin), Allison Guinn (Nun/Singer/Lucy Schmeeler), Phillip Boykin (Workman/Miss Turnstiles’ Announcer/Dream Coney Island Master of Ceremonies/Bimmy), Stephen DeRosa (3rd Workman/Bill Poster/Figment/Actor/Nedick’s Attendant/Diamond Eddie’s Master of Ceremonies/Conga Cabana Master of Ceremonies/Conductor) and Jackie Hoffman (Little Old Lady/Maude P. Dilly/Diana Dream/Dolores Dolores).

ON THE TOWN is playing at the Lyric Theater, 213 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, 800-982-2787, you can get tickets at  ticketmaster.com. Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes.

I’m thrilled to be giving away a pair of tickets to ON THE TOWN (valued at $280 for the pair)! Tickets are good for Tuesday-Thursday evening through March 29th. There are no black out dates, but is subject to availability.

To win, just comment below and let me know your first memory of the show ON THE TOWN – a film or stage version.

For an additional entry, tweet this:

I entered to win a pair of tickets to see @OnTheTownNYC via @hollychronicles! bit.ly/1DgdXhw #Broadway #NYC

Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will receive two tickets, which will be held at thebox office day of show in your name. This giveaway will end on Friday, February 13th at 9am EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post but received complimentary tickets to facilitate the review.  Giveaway is courtesy of ON THE TOWN.

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  1. I enjoyed the musical number “I Can Cook Too” sang by Hildy.

  2. This is my favorite part of the movie: http://youtu.be/x7CIgWZTdgw “The Bronx is up & the Battery’s down… New York, New York, ots a hell of a town”!

  3. Dayna Kurnitz says

    It was my nieces furst shoe.

  4. I have yet to see it but I know my mother would love to join me if I won.

  5. Well, I have seen ON THE TOWN a few times on TV and would enjoy seeing this on Broadway ! Good luck to all.

  6. Gigi Schwartz says

    Never seen the play but have seen the movie many times. Always put a smile on my face

  7. I tweeted from @macaronikidnyc

  8. I’ve actually never seen it but it sounds great!

  9. I saw the movie for the first time with my grandma at her house. Over the years it became a tradition for us to watch it every time I stayed over during my childhood years. When I am really missing her, I just pop the movie in and watch it. So fun!

  10. I loved seeing Gene Kelly and Frank Sunstra buddy up in the movie.

  11. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    So glad to read this review. We are seeing the show this weekend!

  12. My favorite part of the movie is the night when all the couples meet at the top of the Empire State Building to celebrate a night “On the Town”.

  13. Amanda Flanagan says
  14. On the Town is the first Gene Kelly movie I ever saw. What an amazing experience to watch his genius dancing moves!

  15. I remember when I was younger seeing a commercial with sailors in it. The new commercial reminds me of it!

  16. Sarah Packard says

    My first memory is of the movie, which I finally rented as a young adult, curious since I love classic musicals and Gene Kelly…I was blown away by how fun it was, and the sight of Kelly, Sinatra and others singing and dancing around my favorite city in the world (and future home)!! 🙂

  17. My aunt who is married to a navy seal took me to a regional theater production when I was 15!

  18. Helene Weinberger says

    “The Bronx is up and the Batteries Down the people ride in a hole in the ground…N.Y. N.Y. it’s a wonderful town.” I can sing the soundtrack all day, This was one of those movies that I watched with my Mom as a little girl and she would tell me how she and her friends went into the City to see Frank Sinatra. Would be nice to share with my daughter.

  19. I remember first hearing about this musical in college, I loved listening to the recording. I would love to see it on Broadway.

  20. Kathy Hanley says

    I never had the opportunity to see it but I would love to!

  21. I LOVE Broadway and musicals and am embarrassed to say I never saw this film. Going to find on my netflix and watch now. I would really love to win!

  22. I have never seen it and want to!!

  23. Robb Johnston says

    My first memories of the show are the clips shown in one of the That’s Entertainment movies wehich led to me seeing the movie which of course eventually led to me seeing the show during previews

  24. I enjoyed seeing two of my favorite classic movie actors in the film, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. I also loved all of the musical numbers in the movie. My favorite was “New York, New York.”

  25. Amanda Flanagan says

    My favorite part of the movie is at the end when the sailors and the women share their last kiss on the pier before the sailors leave. Even though their future is uncertain, they all had fun together during their 24-hours in NYC.

  26. I haven’t seen either!

  27. I remember seeing the movie as a kid. i loved those old musicals, they were so much fun.

  28. Wendy Wallach says

    I am a big fan of classic musicals and so is my mom. I remember watching this with her when I was young one if the multitude if times it played on tv. It would be great to revisit that memory when I win and take her as my date!

  29. Margarita Viera says

    i honestly haven’t seen it on film or on stage.

  30. I haven’t see it…yet, but it looks like a great play my husband & I would love to see!

  31. When I first met my husband, he was horrified that I had not seen all the classic movie musicals. This is one of the first ones he showed me.

  32. lynda natale says

    I have never seen it, but love love love NYC during fleet week and I think this is the broadway version

  33. Diane Sullivan says

    I lovvvvve everything about the film especially the music. I have been wanting to see it badly since it hit Broadway!!! I have never seen a live version but would love to!!! Fingers crossed!

  34. We didn’t have a lot of culture back on the farm in pa so I didn’t fall in love with musicals until later in life. On the town and guys and dolls were my fave with Sinatra and of course hello dolly! I wish I could’ve had the chance to see them in real life on stage that would have been amazing! But this is the next best thing!

  35. I have to be honest, I have never seen this! BUT, it looks like it is RIGHT up alley with a play I would love to go and see! Thanks for the chance!

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