CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 10, 2016 – Come see why The New York Times calls “On the Town” the best musical of the year at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 25 and 27, at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
“On the Town” is the story of a 24-hour adventure involving three sailors on leave from their ship. Meet Chip, Ozzie and Gabey, all-American buddies ready to have as much fun as they can squeeze into a limited amount of time. Chip plans to see as much of the city as possible and relies on an outdated guidebook his father lends him. Ozzie plans to meet a lot of girls and kick up his heels. Gabey is the most serious of the three, and hopes to meet one special girl -–“New York, New York.”
Instead, Gabey makes it their mission to find another special girl, “Miss Turnstyle” of the month – a woman he saw in a poster at the subway station. From there, it’s a series of distractions, interventions and misadventures for the trio and it all catches up to them in the end as they light up the town and fall in love. “On the Town” is an uplifting, fun show with energy and verve.
“There is terrific dancing and a lot of spectacle in this show – visually, it’s going to be outstanding,” said Dr. Kenneth Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to bring back the extraordinary costume designer, Jim Miller, as guest artist for this production. Miller is a retired professor from the University of Missouri and previously designed for Southeast’s production of “Anything Goes.”
The revival of “On the Town” just opened on Broadway and is playing to a huge success in New York. When a show is currently running on Broadway, production rights are not typically granted.
“We got the rights to this show just before the revival reopened on Broadway,” he said. “We have one of the very few productions of this show in the whole country running right now.”
“On the Town” has music by Leonard Bernstein with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Memorable musical numbers include “Come Up to My Place,” “Lucky to Be Me,” “Some Other Time” and “New York, New York.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.
Patrons are invited to begin the evening with Art Cuisine in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center. Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. with a choice of entrée offered. Reservations are required by contacting the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265. More information, registration and menu information will be provided with ticket orders.