PHOTO GALLERY: We’re Celebrating ON THE TOWN

New York, New York– It’s A Helluva Town!

ON THE TOWN, the kinetic wartime musical about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City, opened on December 28th, 1944.  Based on Jerome Robbins’ ballet Fancy Free, the show features a glorious Leonard Bernstein score, with playful book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. ON THE TOWN introduced several standards, including “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “I Can Cook, Too.”

To honor the show’s 73rd anniversary, we’ve gathered some rare photos from the original Broadway production. Enjoy!

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Cris Alexander, John Battles, and Adolph Green

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Cris Alexander, Adolph Green, John Battles and Company

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Cris Alexander and Nancy Walker

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Sono Osato and John Battles

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Susan Steel and Sono Osato

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Adoph Green, Betty Comden and Robert Chisholm

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Cris Alexander and Nancy Walker

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

The Original Broadway Cast, with an unidentified actress as Ivy

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

The Company

ON THE TOWN 1944 Photos Musical

Poster for the Boston Tryout