Broadway’s ‘On the Town’ Brings Out Patriots and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges

On the Town opens on Broadway
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It was a patriotic night at the Oct. 16 opening of the Broadway revival of “On the Town.” One of the second act’s nightclub sequences included a fourth-wall-breaking singalong wishing a happy birthday to a 91-year-old serviceman in the crowd — which also included two “So You Think You Can Dance” judges, Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman, as well as Padma Lakshmi and Tony Danza. The opening night party, held at downtown venue Capitale, hosted a full USO-style band singing standards to the night’s revelers.

The 1944 musical is a sentimental fave of many legiters, and choreographer Josh Bergasse (“Smash”) found himself faced with the daunting task of staging the dances for a show closely associated with the work of original choreographer Jerome Robbins. His favorite part? Tackling the dream ballet, the kind of dance sequence you just don’t get in modern musicals anymore. “It was a dream ballet come true!” he cracked.

Meanwhile, Broadway regular Jackie Hoffman said she’s having a ball playing a slew of comic relief characters. It’s a heckuva lot of costume changes, but that’s okay. “I don’t dance,” she explained, “so the costume changes are the only way I sweat!”

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