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Megan Fairchild to Make Her Broadway Debut in "On The Town"

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#106 abatt


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:01 AM

I saw the show last night.  Very fun and wonderful performances from everyone.  The scenic designs are cheap looking, but they were serviceable.  It was a rare treat to have a full orchestra. Megan did a terrific job and the audience loved her.  Her voice in the show is similar to the speaking voice I have heard her use in various video clips at NYCB, so she is not feigning the cute little voice.  For my money, I was blown away by the actress that played Hildy. Great voice, perfect comic timing and a charismatic stage presence.   Jackie Hoffman had some terrific, scene stealing schtick.  Go and enjoy.


As an aside, I saw former lead NY Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff in the audience last night.   

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:12 AM

I see that 50% off tickets are available at TKTS at Time Square for today's matinee: https://www.tdf.org/nyc/81/TKTS-Live

#108 abatt


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:18 AM

It's a gigantic theater.  There is no possible way they can fill the house at full price, so I'm not surprised that a signficant portion of the seats are availabe at TKTS.  I'm sure a high proportion of the seats were sold at a discount.

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 06:09 AM

The second hour of NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook this morning will be on Seventy Years Of Broadway's 'On The Town," and will feature Ben Brantley, chief theater critic for the New York Times, Adam Green, theater critic for Vogue, contributor to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and son of Adolph Green, one of the original lyricists for the show, and Josh Bergasse, the choreographer. It can be heard live at 11 EST and will be archived later in the day. Go here.

Seventy years after its first production, “On the Town” is back on Broadway. We’ll look at the collaboration that led to the creation of this jubilant show.

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 03:40 PM

Megan Fairchild is delightful in Kimberly Falker's new podcast interview all about how Fairchild got the part, the rehearsal process, and performing the show:




or it can be downloaded from iTunes.

#111 abatt


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 06:47 AM



I've read a few articles recently about the fact that a group of wealthy investors keep pumping money into On the Town even though it is losing a lot of money.  The above article addresses that issue, and the future of the show. 

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 07:05 AM

Thank you, abatt. So AMERICAN IN PARIS may end up being the lone 'Family Fairchild' representative at the next Tony awards? Maybe LITTLE DANCER may yet make it to B'way next year.)

#113 lmspear


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 07:49 AM

I think Little Dancer has the potential to be critic-proof. The woman sitting next to mentioned that this was her fourth time seeing the show. Since then I've had conversations with several people claimed to have seen it two or three times and were still gushing about it. It's not a perfect show but audiences are truly moved by it.

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:43 AM

I saw the show in September, and thought it was a lot of fun.  Megan was wonderful as were the rest of the cast.  So I can’t imagine not seeing Megan at the Tony awards.


I would certainly hope that the Tony Awards are based on performance.  If award nominations are based on filled seats, seats sold at discounts, and shows losing money, then something is terribly wrong.   As previously noted on here, it is a huge theater.  Maybe the presenters should have chosen a smaller theater. 

#115 abatt


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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:56 AM

The problem is that if the show closes before the Tony awards, the reality is that the voters for the Tony award are less likely to bestow any awards on it.  I suspect that it will get some nominations.  The nominations come out in late April, I think.  Let's hope it can hang on until Tony time in June. 



Lots of competition in the Best Musical Revival category this season:


The King and I 

On The Twentieth Century


Definitely they picked a theater that was ridiculously oversized.


I liked the show too.

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 06:38 AM

I saw the show last night. An understudy performed for Megan Fairchild but I thought the show was absolutely wonderful. Entertaining and funny. Josh Bergasse's choreography I thought was a lot more effective than Wheeldon's for American in Paris. 



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 10:54 AM

Does anyone here remember David Alvarez from the JKO School?  He was one of the kids in Billy Eliot on Broadway.  Well, he is now a "swing" dancer in ON the Town. Here is a very interesting article about what he has been doing.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 12:29 PM

I remember him. Wow, what a story. From ballet to boot camp.

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