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The Lyric Stage welcomes, "On the Town." (Photo courtesy of Mark S. Howard) Lyric Stage Boston Remi- nisces with a New York Classic .... The Lyric Stage opened up the musical, "On the Town" last week and it will continue through June 8th. On the Town is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bern- stein's music. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them "New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "I Can Cook, Too" (for which Bernstein also wrote the lyrics), and "Some Other Time". The story concerns three Ameri- can sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors becomes enamored of a particular woman -- and of the city itself. On the Town was first pro- duced on Broadway in 1944 and was made into a film in 1949 - although the film re- placed all but three of the original Broadway songs with Hollywood-written substi- tutes. The show has enjoyed a number of major revivals. The musical integrates dance into its storytelling: Robbins made a number of ballets and extended dance sequences for the show, including the "Imaginary Coney Island" ballet. The Lyric Stage in Boston is excited to enhance their own version of this class pro- duction; Meet Chip, Ozzie, and Gabey -- three Ameri- can sailors with one day in New York City to see the sights, meet a special some- one, and have the time of their lives. The light and humorous score of Leonard Bernstein (Candide, West Side Story) melds perfectly with the sharp and witty book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin in the Rain, The Will Rogers Follies) to create an uplifting and exu- berant musical experience. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston was founded in 1974 by Polly Hogan and Ron Ritchell. During their ten- ure, they guided The Lyric through many periods of growth. Starting humbly near Copley Square, The Lyric moved to a 100-seat theatre over a hardware store on Charles Street in 1979. The Company pro- duced the works of Shaw, Coward, O'Casey and Pinter, along with other typically neglected works by renowned playwrights, and the occa- sional Boston premiere. In 1990, after an enor- mously successful capital campaign, The Lyric Stage Company moved into its cur- rent home in the YWCA building on Clarendon Street. The first season in the new theatre opened with a pro- duction of Cole, a review of the music of Cole Porter, to rave reviews for both the pro- duction and the new space. The Lyric Stage Company has continued to support and nurture Boston-area the- atre artists. In the spring of 2001 The Lyric produced The Curse of the Bambino, writ- Matt@o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 ten by Boston-based play- wright David Kruh and com- poser Steven Bergman. The Curse of the Bambino was The Lyric's most successful show to date and provided an opportunity to encourage Boston area playwrights. The Lyric Stage Company continues its commitment to emerging and established Boston theatre artists by producing plays by the most talented playwrights, actors, directors, and designers that Boston has to offer. "On the Town" is currently playing on the Lyric Stage Boston and will be showing through June 8% The Lyric Stage is located at 140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA. For more information on ticket times or prices you can call 617-585-5678 or visit Boston Comedy Festival Tour .... With the hilarious festival approaching in Au- gust you can catch one of Boston's Best in action on May25th in Manchester. A mixture of witty "A-list material" and his ability to work off-script have earned Jim McCue the title "Boston's King of Crowd Work!" It's not only his height of six foot six that makes Jim stand head and shoulders above club co- medians of the "stick-to-the- script" variety. Jim blends thought-provoking material and uncanny improv skills with a style that encourages audience participation. No two shows are ever the same! Jim has been featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and "Roughing It" on NESN in his native New England. Jim also founded and currently runs The Boston Comedy Festival. He works in top comedy clubs in Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Dublin, Montreal, Sydney and Edin- burgh. Since 1999 Jim has also entertained U.S. troops at more than 100 bases around the world. An ac- count of his experiences per- forming for the troops has recently been published in Embedded- Comedian which Jim describes as a "field manual for comedians in a war zone." With his unique act, Jim keeps the audience on its toes. Volleying be- tween set materials and working the crowd, Jim cracks jokes with amazing timing and whip-like preci- sion. A unique blend that is sure to leave the audience roaring with laughter! I DIAMONDS ! ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Glee star Matthew Morrison will join the Boston Pops for a special performance. (Photo courtesy of Jim McCue will be on stage May 25th 8pm at the Palace Theatre located 80 Hanover Street Manchester, NH. It may be a bit out of the way but this time of year a nice drive to New Hampshire can do a busy Bostonian good. For more information on di- rections and ticket prices you can call (603) 668-5588. Boston Pops Celebrity Lineup .... The Pops are always known for their "spe- cial" guests and this May Symphony Hall will host talent. On May 23rd and 24TM Megan Hilty joins the Pops for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. After stints on Broadway in Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Ms. Hilty became one of TV's newest stars with her lead- ing role in the popular series Smash. For her first perfor- mances with the Boston Pops, Ms. Hilty will present original songs from Smash, including "Second Hand White Baby Grand" and "They Just Keep Moving the Line," as well as tunes from her Broadway reper- toire. The first half of the program will feature Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in selections that celebrate the passion of the silver screen, with perfor- mances of some of Holly- wood's greatest love songs including Max Steiner's theme to Gone with the Wind and "Unchained Melody" from the film Ghost. In addi- tion, the Boston Cello Quar- tet, made up of four mem- bers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (who are also members of the Boston Pops), will present the world premiere of "License to Trill," a medley of James Bond themes arranged for four cellos and orchestra. Matthew Morrison, in an evening of song and dance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, takes his cues from the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, for performances on May 28TM and 29TM. Audiences will be treated to such Broadway standards as "Luck Be a Lady," "Singing in the Rain," and "The Lady Is'a Tramp," all featured on Mr. Morri- son's new album "Where It All Began," out just days ar+er the series on June 4. ne concerts are also a precur- sor to a June 1 PBS special, "Where It All Began -- Live from the Bushnell," featur- ing Matthew Morrison. Be- fore he attained national fame for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated role as Will Schuester on the hit Fox television show Glee, Matthew Morrison was a Tony-nominated Broadway leading man appearing in the shows Hairspray, Light in the Piazza, and South Pacific at Lincoln Center. The first half of these con- certs will feature Boston Pops renditions of the suite from The Magnificent Seven, "Carnival Overture" and "Blue Danube Waltz." You can always count on the Pops to be giving a chance to the upcoming stars in our community. Created by Fidelity Invest- ments in 2008, to expand its long-standing support of the arts in local communities, the Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops is an oppor- tunity for high school stu- dents to compete for a chance to perform at a spe- cial Boston Pops Concert on May 29~ at Symphony Hall. The 2013 winners perform- ing in the May 29th concert are Esha Nijhoff Asser from the British School of Boston; Faraday Julien Fontimus, Christoff Glaude, Leshawn Harris, Antonio Shiel- Loomis, and Joshua Suther- land of the Charlie Brown Band from Boston Arts Academy; Innaray Oliveira (Continued on Page 14) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUsTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.J USTINEYANDLEPH OTO GRAPHY.C OM