On the Town premiered on Broadway at the Adelphi Theater on December 28, 1944, directed by George Abbott with choreography by Jerome Robbins and played a total of 462 performances. The original production starred John Battles (Gabey), Cris Alexander (Chip), Nancy Walker (Hildy), Sono Osato (Ivy), and Betty Comden (Claire) and Adolph Green (Ozzie). It has been revived on Broadway twice, in 1971 and 1998.
The musical integrates dance into its storytelling; Robbins choreographed a number of ballets and extended dance sequences for the show, including the now-famous "Imaginary Coney Island" ballet. The story concerns three American sailors on a ...Read More