Last night (Fri, Dec 3) my partner & I went with his sister and her friend to a regional theatre production of On The Town, the 1944 Broadway musical composed by Leonard Berstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It's better known today for the 1949 Gene Kelly - Frank Sinatra MGM film musical version, that cut most of the original Bernstein music.

I wasn't expecting much, because it requires strong voices, ballet dance moves, a big cast, impressive sets, period costuming, and especially for me, faithful adherence to the original Bernstein score. Well, guess what? It did all that, and more. I was stunned that such talent existed in the South Florida cultural desert, and staged in this rather unimpressive theatre I believe was converted from movie use.

The weak point was some of the dancing, which was indeed uneven, as some local reviews noted. But I thought the choreography and blocking were good, given the small stage to which they were confined. I really liked the faithful period costumes, even the wigs being perfect 1940s (except for a museum guide, who looked like Albert Einstein meets Gilda Radner as Rosanne Rosanadanna).

It runs through Sunday, Dec 5, if anyone wants to see it at the Stage Door Theatre.

http://www.stagedoortheatre.com/