On The Town

Aug 13
Oct 12, 2014

It's a "helluva" show!

‍It’s 1944 and three American sailors hit the Big Apple in search of love, fun, and the beautiful “Miss Turnstiles!” In this whirlwind adventure, sailors Gabey, Ozzie and Chip only have 24 hours to see the famous sights and find romance before they report back to the ship.

This hysterical musical comedy features an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein, and a hilarious book by Comden and Green. The explosion of song and dance that ensues proves that “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”


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LEONARD BERNSTEIN (Composer) was a world-renowned musician.  He was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world's major orchestras, captured on more than 500 recordings throughout his career.  His books and the televised "Young People's Concerts" with the New York Philharmonic established him as a leading educator.  Bernstein composed for the Broadway musical stage, including Wonderful Town, Candide, and the immensely popular West Side Story.  In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Mr. Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets, Fancy Free, Fascimilie and Dybbuk, as well as other projects.  His other compositions include Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety, Kaddish, Serenade, Five Anniversaries, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Slava!, Songrest, Divertimento for Orchestra, Missa Brevis, Arias and Barcarolles, Concerto for Orchestra and A Quiet Place.  Mr. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including the Antoinette Perry Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Theater, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 11 Emmy Awards, and the Kennedy Center Honors.  More information can be found at www.leonardbernstein.com.

BETTY COMDEN AND ADOLPH GREEN (Book and Lyrics).  In a partnership spanning nearly 60 years, they have received Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Applause, Wonderful Town, Hallelujah Baby!, On the Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies.  Other Broadway credits include: Peter Pan, Bells are Ringing, Do Re Mi and Subways Are for Sleeping.  They have written the screenplays and/or lyrics for such motion pictures as Good News, On the Town, Singin' in the Rain, It's Always Fair Weather (Academy Award Nomination), The Band Wagon (Academy Award Nomination) and Auntie Mame.  They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.

JEROME ROBBINS (Concept) world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as well as his work as director and choreographer in theatre, movies and television, died on July 29, 1998.  Ballets he created for New York City Ballet included Fancy Free, Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Les Noces, Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, In G Major, Glass Pieces and Ives Songs, which are in the repertories of major dance companies throughout the world.  His other ballets included A Suite of Dances with Mikhail Baryshnikov, 2 & 3 Part Inventions, West Side Story Suite and Brandenberg.  His Broadway Shows included On the Town (for which he did the dances and musical numbers), Billion Dollar Baby, High Button Shoes, West Side Story, The King and I, Gypsy, Peter Pan, Miss Liberty, Call Me Madam, Fiddler on the Roof and Jerome Robbins' Broadway.  In addition to two Academy Awards for West Side Story, his awards included four Tony Awards, five Donaldson Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Screen Directors' Guild Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.  Mr. Robbins was a 1981 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient and was awarded the French Chevalier dans l'ordre national de la Legion d'Honneur.

DAVID H. BELL (Director) His work in Chicago Theatre, where he is associated with the Marriott Theatre (over 30 Productions) and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (The Three Musketeers, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors), has earned him 44 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (winning the coveted award 11 times) and 3 After Dark Awards. David served as the Artistic Director of Historic Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., and Associate Artistic Director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. David's work has earned him 5 Carbonell nominations (Florida), a Dramalogue Award (L.A.), 5 AJC Awards (Atlanta), an Atlanta Circle of Dramatic Critics Award, a Laurence Olivier Nomination (London), 2 National Endowment Awards, 3 Helen Hayes nominations (winning 1, Washington D.C.), The Mac and Bistro Awards (NYC), and several National and International writing awards for creating Hot Mikado. He has worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, London, Paris, Berlin, Carnegie Hall, National and International tours, The Kennedy Center, Long Wharf Theatre, and done the Atlanta sequence of the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. David is currently the head of the Music Theatre program at Northwestern University.

ALEX SANCHEZ (Choreographer) is thrilled to be back at The Marriott Theatre after having recently choreographed Mary Poppins last fall. Other Marriott credits: Rocky in Damn Yankees, The Fair Ground Boy in Carousel, Action in West Side Story. Choreographer credits: Far From Heaven, New York Playwrights Horizon. Fiorello, New York City Center Encores! Giant, The Public Theater. Where’s Charley? New York City Center Encores! Follies, Chicago Shakespeare Theater. A Little Night Music, Berkshire Theater Group, Far From Heaven, Williamstown Theater Festival. Roman Holiday, Guthrie Theater. 42nd Street, Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Giant, Dallas Theater Center. Mary Poppins, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid, St. Louis MUNY. Stage Directors & Choreograhers Dancebreak 2010 Alumni. Alex was a soloist with Ballet Chicago and Ruth Page Ballet. In New York he performed in over 10 Broadway shows. Thanks Terry, Andy, David and Marriott staff. Special thanks to Lainie Sakakura, Avelina and Isabela Sanchez, my inspiration, love and support. Website: Alexsanc.com.

RYAN T. NELSON (Music Director) is the Music Director in Residence for the School of Communication at Northwestern University where he coordinates all musical activities for the Theatre and Interpretation Center, teaches in the Music Theatre Certificate Program, and music directs and supervises several productions each year, including AMTP productions and the famed WAA-MU show. He is the Resident Music Director at Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, where he has music directed dozens of productions, including the world premieres of Hero, Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and For the Boys. His work on A Chorus Line and The Light in the Piazza at the Marriott has been recognized with Jeff Award nominations for excellence in Chicago theatre. Most recently, Ryan conducted Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical (2013). He has conducted and recorded with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Rembrandt Chamber Players, and Ensemble Dal Niente. Nelson was formerly an Assistant Professor of Music in Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting are from the University of North Texas, where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

TERRY JAMES (Executive Producer) has been associated with the Marriott Theatre for the past 30 years. Originally from New York, as a professional actor he first appeared at the Marriott Theatre in 1982 and eventually settled in Chicago. After more than 20 years on stage, he became the resident musical director for the Marriott Theatre in the 1990's; Associate Producer in 1992; and Executive Producer in 2000. Mr. James has continued the long tradition of the Marriott Theatre launching Broadway shows into the regional market with acclaimed productions of Cats, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Misérables; and, in addition, continued the Marriott Theatre's long commitment to fostering new works with recent premieres of Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (2013), HERO (2012), For the Boys (2011), The Bowery Boys (2008/09), Married Alive! (2007), All Night Strut (2006/07), Once Upon A Time In New Jersey (2006). Special gratitude and thanks to our family of subscribers for their incredible support, and for making us your Marriott Theatre!

ANDY HITE (Lead Artistic Director) began his affiliation with the Marriott Theatre as an actor in 2000. Two years later he joined the artistic team as Assistant to the Artistic Director, and is now ecstatic to hold the position of Artistic Director in this great theatre. As Artistic Director he has had the pleasure to oversee 2008’s critically acclaimed Les Misérables which won the Joseph Jefferson award for Best Musical Production. Other highlights include Footloose, Oliver, Into the Woods, Shenandoah, The Full Monty, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray and Fiddler on the Roof all to audience and critical acclaim. Prior to joining the Marriott Theatre, Andy enjoyed an award winning acting career in Chicago and was fortunate to be able to work with companies such as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Auditorium Theatre and, of course, the Marriott Theatre. Mr. Hite also teaches acting and audition workshops for musical theatre. His greatest accomplishments are seven year old twins Rowan and Sylvie, and wife Sasha.

AARON THIELEN (Artistic Director) Thielen has long been an advocate for the creation of new musicals. Most recently he and Marc Robin co-created the world premiere of Now And Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Aaron and Michael Mahler wrote the multiple Jeff award-winning musical HERO, which was produced this past spring at the Asolo Rep in Sarasota. Michael and Aaron are currently working on an exciting new project slated for 2015. He also adapted the Twentieth century Fox Film For the Boys for the Marriott Theatre stage. He was also one of the creative forces in bringing the 2008 world premiere musical The Bowery Boys to the Marriott Theatre. He co-authored the award-winning All Night Strut, A Fascinatin’ Rhythm with Marc Robin. As Artistic Director, he most recently helmed Godspell, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, 9 To 5 and White Christmas.

THOMAS M. RYAN (Resident Scenic Designer) Some favorite Marriott Theatre designs include Les Misérables, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, Chess, 1776, Brigadoon, Hello, Dolly! (Jeff nominated), Miss Saigon, and Cats. He has taught at Moorhead State University, the Latin School of Chicago and Northwestern University. Other theatrical designs have been seen at Chicago Opera Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Northwestern University, Pegasus Players and the Fulton Theatre. Non-theatrical work has been seen locally at Navy Pier (Winter Wonderfest and Halloween), the Notebaert Nature Museum (interactive treehouse), large scale hats, caps and other wear on the Picasso in Daley Plaza and broadcast designs on The Big Ten Network and NBC 5 Chicago. A special thanks to my assistants S & C.

JESSE KLUG (Lighting Designer) returns to Marriott Theatre where he has previously designed Cats, 9 to 5, Love, Perfect, My One & Only, Dreamgirls, Hero, 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Spelling Bee, and Nunsense. Off Broadway: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes Nomination), The Screwtape Letters (Off Broadway and National Tour), The Hunchback Variations, Romulus, and The Hourglass. Regional: Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott Theatre, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Asolo Rep, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Fulton Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Indiana Repertory, American Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Timeline Theatre Company. He is a Jeff and After Dark Award recipient. jessekluglightingdesign.com

NANCY MISSIMI (Costume Designer) has been designing and building costumes in Chicago for 30+ years. She has taught at the University of Detroit and C.W. Post College, and managed the Costume Collection for Theatre Development Fund in New York. Credits include designs for Court, Royal George, Chicago Opera Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Martinique and Northwestern University. She is the recipient of numerous Joseph Jefferson nominations and awards, for Marriott's Beauty and the Beast, Cats, and Showboat to name a few. She and director-husband Dominic are pleased to share billing with daughters Emmy and Angela.

ROBERT E. GILMARTIN (Sound Designer) has been engineering and designing theater around Chicago since 2002. His engineering experience includes work with Lookingglass Theater, Marriott Theatre, Steppenwolf, and The Goodman. Design credits include Marriott Theatre's productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone, Once on this Island, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, Shout!, For the Boys, White Christmas, Legally Blonde, The Pirates of Penzance, Hero, Dreamgirls, My One and Only, Now and Forever, South Pacific, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change and many Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences productions. Robert graduated from Middle Tennessee State University's school of Recording Industry Management. Thanks to Buster and Family.

SALLY WEISS (Properties Designer) This is Sally’s 20th production with the Marriott Theatre having most recently designed the properties for Godspell. In Chicago, Sally has worked as a scenic, lighting and props designer and is a proud company member of New Suit Theatre Company. Previous designs include scenic design for Alice In Wonderland here at Marriott For Young Audiences, lighting design for Much Ado About Nothing and Gruesome Playground Injuries at Rasaka Theatre Company, The Gog/Magog Project with director Brant Russell, Icarus and Striking 12 at Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and props design at Notre Dame Shakespeare and Next Theatre. She has been the Props Manager at The Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont and The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. and received her BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently Sally resides in Chicago and attended the MFA Stage Design Program at Northwestern University studying scenic and lighting design. To see examples of her work visit sallyweissdesign.com.

DAVID SIEGEL (Orchestral Reductions) recently wrote orchestrations for Norwegian Cruisline’s The Look of Love/Burt Bacharach review. Additionally wrote the orchestrations for SeaWorld's new exhibit ANTARCTICA. Broadway credits include Newsies, upcoming Aladdin and the first revival of How To Succeed In Business…. Other recording projects include "Lights, Camera, Music" for Norwegian Cruise Lines, Radio City Christmas Show, Disney Paris, Tokyo Disney, Disney Cruise line and Oh Wondrous Night at SeaWorld Orlando. National tours include orchestrations for Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, Little House On The Prairie and orchestral reductions for How To Succeed…and Beauty And The Beast. Orchestrations for Marriott Theatre include Now and Forever, The All Night Strut and For the Boys. Album projects include orchestrations for The Stephen Sondheim Album, Emily Skinner, The Sherman Brothers, “Unsuspecting Hearts” and Broadway Duets, The Stephen Schwartz Album and A Broadway Love Story. Orchestrations for TV & film include “The Wonder Pets”, Little Mermaid II and Music Man.

MICHAEL HENDRICKS (Production Stage Manager) has worked in professional theatre for close to forty years. Prior to stage managing, he acted at such regional theatres as the Guthrie, Indiana Rep, Chanhassen, Wisdom Bridge, and Meadow Brook Theatre. Michael and his wife Janet have written two musicals for young audiences—Patrick and the Pirates and Little Red and Her Friends. They are also the parents of three extraordinary adult children. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, a White Sox fan and recently father of the bride.

PETER MARSTON SULLIVAN (Artistic Associate) has worked for the Marriott Theatre for over eight years in various capacities, including his current position of artistic associate. Peter earned a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Teaching at Trinity University in San Antonio, and an MFA in Directing at Illinois State University. In tandem with his work at the Marriott Theatre, Peter frequently directs in the city and is the Artistic Director of BoHo Theatre. Recent directing projects include The Pajama Game at Northwestern University; Amadeus, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Floyd Collins, Pippin, Icarus, Big River, Ghosts, I Am My Own Wife (co-Director), Playing with Fire (After Frankenstein), and M. Butterfly at BoHo Theatre.

PETER BLAIR (Producing Associate) started working with the Marriott Theatre in 2005 and currently serves at Producing Associate. In addition to his work at the Marriott Theatre, Peter is the former Executive Director of Bohemian Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, where he produced acclaimed revivals of Floyd Collins, Big River and Pippin. Other work includes Drury Lane, Porchlight Music Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, and 18 months with the original Chicago company of "...Spelling Bee". Originally from San Diego, Peter earned a music degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He lives in Highland Park with his wife, Claire Warner, owner of Volume Gallery.

PATTI GARWOOD (Musical Supervisor/Conductor) has been with the Marriott Theatre since 1994. Other Chicago musical directing and conducting credits include the Grant Park Orchestra featuring Dennis De Young, Catskills On Broadway at the Shubert Theatre and Oliver!, Song and Dance and Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Prior to making the Chicago area her home, Patti served as Resident Musical Director at the Fireside Dinner Playhouse in Fort Atkinson, WI and at the Musicana Dinner Playhouse in West Palm Beach, FL. Other regional theatre work includes La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, OH; the Capitol Theatre in Rome, NY and the Harbor House on Nantucket Island, MA.

NOREEN HERON & ASSOCIATES (Press Representative) is a full service PR, Marketing, & Advertising agency. National Tours: The Singalong Wizard of Oz and the current National Tours of C.S. Lewis’ THE Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. Numerous concert engagements at arena theaters representing such artists as Jerry Seinfeld, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Wynonna Judd, Louis CK, The Beach Boys, Linda Eder, Michael Feinstein, Jewel, and Andre Rieu. Clients have also included Sesame Street Live, the ‘04/’08 Olympic Superstars, the ‘11 Champions Challenge (McEnroe, Bjorg, Agassi), Barney Live!, the Highland Games, the Apollo Chorus, and the Harlem Globetrotters. Additionally, they represent regional theaters including Drury Lane, Marriott Theatre, the Mercury Theater, Theatre at the Center. Other corporate clients include Hyatt Hotels, Massage Envy, and Fairmont Chicago.

Assistant Stage Manager: Terry Ghiotto*
Sound Engineer: James Guess
Wardrobe Supervisor: Samantha Holmes
Backstage Crew: Bob Silton

Music Intern: Conor Keelan
Set Construction: Ravenswood Studio, Inc.
Warehouse and Properties Manager: Rob Rahn
Production Electrician: Rachel West
Resident Assistant Lighting Designer: Charlotte Rathke
Press Representative: Noreen Heron & Associates, Inc.
Kate Hughes, Lianne Wiker, Katharine Nichols, Ellen Molina,
Holly Gustavson, Susan Duffy, Kelly Erdman

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Cutter: Diane Hinman
Stitchers: Ruben Gonzalez, Alexis Kee, Carol Lenz, Erin Wuorenma

Wigs: Kevin Barthel


Business Manager: Margaret Tenerelli
Administrative Assistant: Amanda Corcoran
Group Sales Supervisor: Nancy Vaughan
Box Office Manager: Barbara J. Kavanagh
Box Office Supervisors: Ron Lapin, Catherine Saghafi, William Schwartz
Subscription Supervisor: Eileen Hughes
Box Office Attendants: Joan Kaar, Kathy Lapetina, Nicolle Nadreau,
Sharon Silvestri, Barbara Waskey, Jessica Willcut
Theatre House Manager: Jeff Mason
Ushers: Barbara Adriansen, Linda Atwood, Dana Corchin, Sue Edholm,
Rikki Fine, Gus Gatsis, Diane Graham, Kathleen Hayes, Jeffrey Hensel,
Marie Hepp, Karen Hoffmann, Liz Lach, Chris Ann O’Brien,
Viola Perino, Phyllis Roseman-Blatt, Heidi Schuerstedt, Joan Strakusek, Judi Voller