On The Town Sets Sail For A Short Leave From Broadway
It’s A Helluva…Vacation?!? With eight shows a week over the span of six days, vacation is not a familiar word to those who work on Broadway. I mean, the vacation after all IS our job. However, in a rare experience, the cast and crew of Broadway’s On The Town has a short vacation for the next week before heading into the hot summer months not only for weather but Broadway box offices as well. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that On The Town is setting sail with a brief hiatus from Broadway!
The Tony Award nominated revival of On The Town sets sail as it takes a six performance hiatus from Broadway in order to allow Univision to utilize the Lyric Theater for its upfront presentation to potential advertisers and TV industry press. Beginning tonight, all performances through next Tuesday are cancelled. This amounts to six performances in total. In order accommodate the cancelled performances, On The Town added performances this past Monday May 4th and the upcoming Sunday May 17th. Univision will also pay for all six performances they have forced to cancel.
While it may seem odd for a Tony Award nominated production to simply take a hiatus due to a request to use their theatre, the concept is nothing new to Broadway. The Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots did exactly the same in May 2014 in order to allow Univision to utilize the Al Hirschfeld Theater. While it may seem odd that producers would agree to simply cancel their show for several performances, sometimes this works to their benefit! Larger companies using the theater space for such a large event could put a nice penny into the producers pocket while still paying for the cost of the production. Univision is not only known for renting Broadway theaters but also paying the cost of however many performances they affect when doing so. It should be noted that this type of agreement will usually be made not only by producers but also the Broadway landlord who owns whichever theater they are interested in using.
On The Town began previews on Broadway on September 20th before officially opening on October 16th, 2015. The show received much critical acclaim and was recently nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. The show also features a 28 piece orchestra! This specific production worked its way to Broadway following a run at Encores! and Barrington Stage in previous seasons. The revival is led by Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Rupert, Allison Guinn, Phillip Boykin and Stephen DeRosa.
The musical revival is helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse. The rest of the creative team includes Tony winner Beowulf Boritt as scenic and projection designer, Desk nominee Jason Lyons as lighting designer, Tony Award winner Jess Goldstein as costume designer, Tony nominee Kai Harada as sound design and Leah Loukas providing a hair/makeup designer.
The Tony Award nominated revival of On The Town will resume performances next Wednesday on Broadway! Don’t miss your chance to experience this musical about the greatest city in the world; New York, New York, when performances resume! The musical is currently scheduled as an open run on Broadway. For more information, visit On The Town’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!