I Love New York, New York

Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! This month, I must confess I’m mourning the closing of Broadway until, well, who knows? But I hope to give some temporary solace by paying tribute to the greatest city in the world with one of those classic scores that I consider synonymous with the Big Apple: Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town, the iconic 1944 musical with book and lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green — revived as recently as 2014.

Well, for subscribers who comment below to alert me of their interest, I’ve got an audio of the first Broadway revival of the show, from 1971, starring Donna McKechnie, Phyllis Newman, and Tony-nominated Bernadette Peters. As an excerpt, here’s the darling “Some Other Time.”

And, heck, ’cause I like y’all, I’ll thrown in another bonus for subscribers — an audio of the 2008 Encores! production. Here’s Justin Bohon, Tony Yazbeck, and Christian Borle with the exhilarating “New York, New York” — let’s hope the “some other time” we catch up is soon!

 

 

Come back next month for another musical rarity! And stay tuned for more Andy Griffith!

14 thoughts on “I Love New York, New York

  1. I had a recording of the original studio version of On the Town that I absolutely loved. In 1971 when the revival came about, I bought what I thought was the original cast of the revival, but it turned out to be the studio recording with a new cover. I’m so glad that finally after all these years, I’m going to hear Bernadette singing “Come Up to My Place”! This is truly one of my favorite of all Broadway scores! Thank you, Jackson!

  2. Hi Jackson
    I started subscribing to your email way back in May 2020. but at the time did not request Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” because of the Covid problems.( I did not or ever get Covid but too.many things were going on at the time so I did not ask for the revival recordings at the time. If you still have them, can you send the links. I I only am acquainted with thr old movie version but woulf like to hear the full versions.

    Thank you in advance.

    Donna

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