BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
A dynamic, sometimes dreamy iteration of a lustrous musical from Broadway’s Golden Age, the new revival of “On the Town” currently bounding around at the Lyric Theater is everything that popular American culture today presumably detests.
Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy score is beautifully melodic. The lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green are clever. The lightly romantic comedy that they concocted in wartime 1944 about the adventures of three sailors on 24 hours of shore leave in New York City is sweet, funny and honestly sentimental.
This vintage musical comedy may represent grandma stuff to some folks (no friends of mine), but the bright new show’s personable cast, fancy-free dances, airy visuals and beguiling Bernstein music as rendered by a satiny 28-member orchestra will be hard for anyone to resist.
It is a must-see, of course, for people who claim to love musical theater. All of those “Glee” wanna-bes certainly need to catch “On the Town” to learn how classical Broadway style should be delivered.