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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: South Bay Musical Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for “On The Town”

May 01, 2022
South Bay Musical Theatre has announced the complete cast and creative team for “On The Town,” the energetic WWII-era musical comedy featuring music by Leonard Bernstein with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins, SBMT’s production of “On The Town” will be directed and co-choreographed by Janie Scott, with co-choreography provided by Zendrex Llado and musical/vocal direction by Catherine Snider. “On The Town” runs from May 14 – June 4, 2022 at the Saratoga Civic Theater (13777 Fruitvale Ave.), Saratoga, CA. First-nighters are invited to stay for a champagne toast following the performance. Evening shows start at 8 p.m. while matinees (Sundays and the closing Saturday) start at 2:30 p.m.

“Like a postcard from the past, “On The Town” is a joyful and exuberant journey into New York City in 1943," says SBMT Executive Artistic Director Sara K. Dean. "We hope audiences will escape into this timeless tale of love and adventure. The show has everything: glorious music, sweeping dance segments, a taxi, a dinosaur, the subway, a trip to Coney Island and a fiercely talented company.”

"If you love high-energy, feel-good, zany musicals, you'll absolutely love ON THE TOWN," says Director Janie Scott. "We are blessed with an exuberant and dazzling cast, eye-catching sets and costumes, classic tunes like 'New York, New York,' and plenty of laughs. Don't miss it!"

Combine a soaring Leonard Bernstein score, witty lyrics by Comden and Green, and a sweet tale about three sailors grabbing 24 hours of shore leave in New York City before being deployed overseas, and you get an American classic that is renowned for its timeless exuberance. With brash, spectacular, and slightly bittersweet abandon, “On The Town” is a tale about seizing the day and living life to its fullest. It features the seductively upbeat “I Can Cook, Too;” the melancholically beautiful ballad, “Lonely Town;” and that most beloved of toe-tapping tunes, “New York, New York.”

The principal cast of “On The Town” includes Lysander Abadia as “Gabey,” Michael Saenz as “Chip,” David J. Kautz as “Ozzie,” Francesca Cipponeri as “Ivy Smith,” Catherine Traceski as “Hildy,” Marie Finch as “Claire,” Kayvon Kordestani as “Madame Dilly,” Mark Robinson as “Judge Pitkin,” and Rhona McFadyen as “Lucy Schmeeler.”

“On The Town” has a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a brief intermission. Adult tickets are $24 - $54. There are $2 discounts for seniors 65 years or older, and $24 tickets for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.SouthBayMT.com or by calling (408) 266-4734.

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Photo caption: The actors performing in “On The Town,” from left to right, are David J. Kautz (as Ozzie), Lysander Abadia (as Gabey), and Michael Saenz (as Chip). (Photo credit by Dave Lepori)


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