On the Town

Lyric Theatre

Previews Began: October 27, 1971

Opening Night: October 31, 1971

Closing Night: January 1, 1972

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Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Betty Comden

Adolph Green

Book: Betty Comden

Adolph Green

Three sailors depart their ship with 24 hours of leave to explore New York City. Chip wants to see the sights his father has told him about, Ozzie wants to land a date with a Manhattan beauty, and Gabey wants to find one special woman – Ivy. After agreeing to all help Gabey find Ivy, they split up to cover more ground. Chip encounters a robust taxi driver, Ozzie falls for an at-times out-of-control anthropologist, and Gabey journeys to Coney Island. Friendship, perseverance, and pure adrenaline help these three sailors make the most of their time in the Big Apple.

Musical Numbers

Act One

Overture (The Star-Spangled Banner)…Orchestra
I Feel Like I’m Not Out of Bed Yet………Workmen
New York, New York……………Ozzie, Chip, Gabey
Presentation of Miss Turnstiles…………Announcer,
                                                            Contestants,
                                                                 Ivy Smith,
                                                         Manhattanites
Come Up to My Place………Hildy Esterhazy, Chip
Carried Away………………….Claire DeLoone, Ozzie
Carried Away (Encore)……Claire DeLoone, Ozzie
Lonely Town/Pas de deux/Chorale…………Gabey,
                                                                 Ensemble
Carnegie Hall Pavane (Do-Do-Re-
Do)………………………………………Madame Dilly, Ivy,
                                         Women of Carnegie Hall
I Understand (Verse)………..Pitkin W. Bridgework
Carried Away (Reprise)………………….Ozzie, Claire
I Can Cook Too………………………….Hildy Esterhazy
I Can Cook Too (Encore)……………Hildy Esterhazy
Lucky to Be Me………………………..Gabey, Company
Finale Act I: Times Square Ballet…………Company

Act Two

Entr’acte……………………………………………Orchestra
So Long, Baby………………….Diamond Eddie’s Girls
I Wish I Was Dead…………………………Diana Dream
I Understand (Recitative)………………………….Pitkin
I Wish I Was Dead
(Spanish)……………………..Senorita Dolores Dolores
Ya Got Me………………….Hildy, Claire, Ozzie, Chip
Ya Got Me (Encore)……Hildy, Claire, Ozzie, Chip
I Understand (Recitative)………………………….Pitkin
I Understand (Pitkin’s Song)……………………..Pitkin
Subway Ride/Imaginary Coney Island……..Gabey,
                                                                       Ivy,
                                                      Dance Ensemble
Some Other Time………Claire, Hildy, Ozzie, Chip
The Real Coney Island……………………Rajah Bimmy
Finale Act II: New York, New York
(Reprise)…………………………………………….Company

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