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Bernstein, Leonard: On the Town (1944) 120'
Musical comedy in two acts

Music Text

Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; book based on the Jerome Robbins/Leonard Bernstein ballet Fancy Free; additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein (E)

Scoring

Major roles: 3 men, 3 women; minor roles: 15 men, 7 women (both with doublings); chorus; dancers 1(=picc).1(=corA).3(I=Ebcl,II=asax,III=bcl).0-2.3.3(III=tuba).0-timp.perc:SD/ BD/tom-t/cyms/hi-hat/bells/glsp/xyl/vib/tgl/wdbl/slide whistle/ ratchet/tamb/cow bell/tpl.bl-pft-strings

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes as sole agent for concert (non-dramatic production and individual numbers worldwide); sole agent for staged productions outside USA & Canada, except for professional West End London productions.

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World Premiere

28/12/1944
Adelphi Theater, New York, New York
Jerome Robbins, choreographer / George Abbott, director / Max Goberman

Recommended Recording

Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Evelyn Lear, Bruce Coughlin, Cleo Laine, Michael Barrett, Lindsay Benson, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas
Deutsche Grammophon 4375162

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