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April 27, 2013

‘On the Town’ a must see that could become the talk of the town

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NORMAN —

“On the Town” is the story of three Navy sailors on 24-hour shore leave anxious to explore all of New York City. Along the way, they find themselves partnering with three different women they eventually leave behind as they head to their uncertain futures overseas.

Dan Horn, Jacob Chancellor and Cory Lingner play the three amigos ,who eventually find the unexpected dames Alie Walsh, Rebecca Ashton and Bryant. Chancellor and Walsh are the comic couple Chip and Hildy, who wind up in her apartment as she shows her cooking skills are much sweeter than her brandy-scuffed vocals. Horn and Ashton are the cat-mouse couple Ozzie and Claire with a physical connection too strong to deny. Finally, there are the star-crossed lovers Gabey and Ivy played by Lingner and Bryant. All it took was Gabey seeing Ivy on the Miss Turnstiles poster to know she was the one. Yet, every time they find each other it is only to be separated again.

The three pairings are well matched. While all do a great job acting and dancing, they each bring their characters to life through their voices.

“On the Town” does not have the fluidity of Bernstein’s later musicals like “West Side Story.” Dancing and singing are primarily separate actions that, when woven together smoothly by a director, tell a complete story.

Cramer’s cast is clearly rehearsed for this stark difference with the characters fully coming to life through the support of music director and conductor Paul Christman, costume designer Lloyd Cracknell, scenic designer Ethan Hartman, lighting designer Eric Stehl, technical director Scott Henkels, production manager Kasey Allee-Forman and stage manger Rosie DiVincenzo.

“On the Town’s” compartmentalization of dance and singing inadvertently highlights the musical score.

“On the Town” runs at 8 p.m. today and May 2-4, and at 3 p.m. Sunday and May 5. All performances take place in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval.

For tickets, call the Fine Arts ticket office at 325-4101. Tickets are $30 adult, $25 seniors/OU faculty and staff/military and $15 students with ID.

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