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Bernstein's On the Town

Bernstein's On the Town


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The Wacks Family Concert in celebration of the marriage of Greg Wacks and Sarah DeArakie  

A collaboration with choreographer Jerome Robbins and the writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein's On the Town-the story of three sailors on shore leave in New York City- arrived on Broadway in December 1944, when he was just twenty-six. Based on his popular ballet collaboration with Robbins, Fancy Free (being performed August 18), it was not only his first musical, it was a first for Comden and Green, who would become Broadway and Hollywood legends in their own right. Hit songs include "New York, New York" and "Some Other Time."

Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a complete, semi-staged performance of Bernstein's hit musical, directed by Kathleen Marshall with musical director David Chase. The all-star cast includes Tony-Award winning actor Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along, Hamilton) as Gabey, Christian Dante White (Hello Dolly, The Book of Mormon) as Chip, Andy Karl (Groundhog Day, On the Twentieth Century) as Ozzie, Megan Lawrence (Urinetown, Hair) as Claire, Tony Award-winning actress Andrea Martin (Pippin, Noises Off) as Madame Dilly, Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bandstand) as Claire, Georgina Pazoguin as Ivy, and Marc Kudisch as Pitkin.

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Keith Lockhart, conductor
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Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's thirteen-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Mr. Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who as at the helm of the orchestra for nearly fifty years. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has significantly expanded Pops programming, focused on national annual touring, and participated in major media events. He has solidified the orchestra's place in the fabric of the New England community and has led the Boston Pops in countless performance situations. The list of more than 250 guest artists with whom he has collaborated is a virtual "who's who" of performers and pop culture icons.

Keith Lockhart, who occupies the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, has conducted more than 1,900 Boston Pops concerts, most of which have taken place during the orchestra's spring and holiday seasons in Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Mr. Lockhart has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, 43 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 79 television shows and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade and millions more who view it on television or live webcast. Last year, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies made initial three-year commitments to the event in 2017.

Mr. Lockhart has led eight albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label, including two-The Celtic Album and The Latin Album-that earned Grammy nominations. Recent releases on Boston Pops Recordings include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas-Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra's 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, some of which can be considered rarities.

Programming-wise, Keith Lockhart has put an increased focus on musical theater, attracting such leading Broadway artists as Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter to the Pops stage. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over five thousand arrangements.

With a renewed commitment to bring the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the annual tree lighting in Boston's Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games; and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season brings members of the Pops to play for patients at Children's Hospital.

Perhaps the most significant key to Keith Lockhart's success is his ability to connect passionately with audiences through his engaging programs, his commitment to speaking directly from the stage with fascinating insights into the music, and his inherent understanding of the importance of what sets the Pops experience apart from a traditional orchestra concert-an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining for music lovers of all ages.

Having just completed an eight-year tenure as principal conductor, Keith Lockhart is now chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II; he is also artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities. Visit for further information.

Keith Lockhart, conductor Kathleen Marshall, director and choreographer
Kathleen Marshall, director and choreographer View biography in full page >



* She has won three Tony awards for Choreography 

* Her first Tony was for reviving the Leonard Bernstein-Betty Comden-Adolph Green lark "Wonderful Town" in 2003. 

* She is 50 years old and has twin 3-year-old girls 

* She was an English major at Smith College, but always loved musicals * As a dancer, she performed with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and earned her Equity card there during her college summers. 

* At Smith, she studied dance with Gemze de Lappe, who was in the original 1943 "Oklahoma!" 

* Projects in the works: A musical of Drew Barrymore's "Ever After", Sheryl Crow's "Diner" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

Kathleen Marshall, director and choreographer
David Chase, musical director
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David has been Music Director, Supervisor and/or Arranger for over 30 Broadway productions, including eight with longtime collaborator Kathleen Marshall. He's had a 20-year relationship with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and his arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas has become a perennial favorite. Also: many arrangements for the Kennedy Center Honors, Radio City Music Hall (where he spent many years as music director), EssentialVoicesUSA (including the upcoming Washington Women), and TV's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Music director for several productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and for NBC's live performances of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan (Emmy nominations for both). Grammy nomination for the cast album of Nice Work if You Can Get It. David lives in New York City with his wife, actress Paula Leggett Chase, and his two sons, Kyler and Dashiell. Musical training: Biology degree from Harvard.

David Chase, musical director Brandon Victor Dixon, Gabey
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Brandon currently co-stars as Terry Silver on the STARZ hit series, "Power." He most recently starred as Judas in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live and as Aaron Burr in Broadway's HAMILTON. Previous Broadway credits include: Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along (Tony Award nomination), Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical (Grammy and Drama League Award nominations), and Harpo in The Color Purple (Tony Award nomination). National tour: Simba in The Lion King. Off-Broadway: F**king A, Rent and The Scottsboro Boys (Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Laurence Olivier Award nominations). Television: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "One Life to Live," and "The Good Wife." Dixon was raised in Maryland, and is a graduate of Columbia University. He is the co-founder of WalkRunFly Productions. @brandonvdixon

Brandon Victor Dixon, Gabey
Andy Karl, Ozzie
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Andy Karl has recently completed work on the ABC pilot STATIES as well as the feature, FARAWAY EYES. His run on the highly popular Broadway production of Tim Minchin's GROUNDHOG DAY (dir. Matthew Warchus) began with a sold out run at London's Old Vic. His performance as the now iconic "Phil Connors" has won Karl the Drama Desk Award 2017, Laurence Olivier Award 2017 (both for Best Actor in a Musical) and landed him his third Tony Nomination. 


In television, Andy is well known for his 1-year stint on L&O: SVU as "Lieutenant Mike Dodds," joining the legendary NYC Dick Wolf show. Prior to that, Andy recurred on ABC's FOREVER and was seen opposite Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in the feature film AND SO IT GOES, directed by Rob Reiner. Additional screen credits include JOYFUL NOISE opposite Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, and NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU. 


Most famously known for his stage work, other notable theater credits include winning the Outer Critics Circle Award and nominations for Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League awards for his starring role opposite Kristen Chenoweth in the Broadway revival of ON THE 20TH CENTURY. For his critically acclaimed performance as "Rocky Balboa" in the Broadway musical ROCKY, Karl was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards. Additionally, Andy starred in the revival of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Drama Desk nominee), 9 TO 5, LEGALLY BLONDE (ACCA Award), THE WEDDING SINGER, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, ROMEO AND BERNADETTE (Carbonell nom.), CATS, Disney's ON THE RECORD, and TOMMY.

Andy Karl, Ozzie Megan Lawrence, Hildy
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Megan Lawrence won critical acclaim on Broadway as Gladys in the Tony Award winning revival of Pajama Game. She starred opposite Harry Connick Jr. and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance and an Outer Critics Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Most recently, she starred as Louise in the Roundabout Theatre's Broadway production of Holiday Inn at Studio 54.The show was also filmed live and shown on PBS great performances and released in cinemas. She originated the role of Little Becky Two-Shoes in the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of Urinetown and later went on to play the role of Little Sally. She made her Broadway debut as Eponine in Les Miserables and was seen as Claude's Mother in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Hair. Off-Broadway, she starred as Gloria Thorpe in the New York City Center's Encore Series production of Damn Yankees with Sean Hayes and Jane Krakowski. Some of her other favorite roles include Lucetta in Two Gentlemen of Verona also at the Delacorte Theater, Charlotte in Flora the Red Menace at Jason Alexander's Reprise Company in Los Angeles, and Frenchy on the National Tour of Grease. Megan began her career in her hometown of Baltimore and the Washington D.C. region. She performed often at D.C.'s Signature Theater where she won a Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods and was also nominated for Helen Hayes Awards for Marta in Company and Sally in Cabaret. She's married to Kevin Kern and they have four kids together.

Megan Lawrence, Hildy
Laura Osnes, Claire
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LAURA OSNES most recently starred in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Bandstand (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), which will be screened in movie theaters this June by Fathom Events. Other Broadway: Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella  (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Astaire nominations), Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater's production of South Pacific,  andSandy in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York/regional credits include Crazy For You (Manhattan Concert Productions), The Blueprint Specials (Public Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band WagonRandy Newman's Faust,  and Pipe DreamThe Sound of Music  in concert  at Carnegie Hall; Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. On television, she has been seen on the CBS series Elementary,  in the HBO pilot The Miraculous YearLive From Lincoln Center: Bernstein On Broadway, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, HBO's documentary Six By Sondheim, A Capital Fourth (PBS-2017) and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, NJPAC, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and MN Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle  and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

Laura Osnes, Claire Georgina Pazcoguin, Ivy
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Known as  "The Rogue Ballerina" Pazcoguin is a soloist with New York City Ballet. A two time Chita Rivera Award nominee for outstanding dancer in different categories in 2017,  Pazcoguin has emblazoned her unique mark on the dance world through years of performing at Lincoln Center, Broadway, and world-wide. In addition to her extensive repertory at NYCB including Anita in "West Side Story some film and Broadway credits include the award winning film "New York Export Opus Jazz", Ivy in the broadway 2014 revival of "On the Town" and originating the role of Victoria in the 2016 broadway revival of "Cats". Georgina is a passionate activist for foundations The Orphaned Starfish, Arteamor, and the Hidden Tears Project using ballet as a universal language tool raising awareness and impacting social change.  For more info and future schedule visit Instagram @Georgina_Pazcoguin 

Georgina Pazcoguin, Ivy
Christian Dante White, Chip
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Christian Dante White is currently in the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Revival of Hello, Dolly! originally starring the Legendary Bette Midler and currently starring Broadway Superstar Bernadette Peters as the title role. Prior to that, he had the distinct honor of working with George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover in Shuffle Along on Broadway, as well as doing the hit Broadway production of Book of Mormon. Christian made his Broadway debut in the original production of The Scottsboro Boys where he originated the roles of "Charlie" and "Victoria". Christian was in the Broadway National Tours of Motown and Book of Mormon, and he was a part of the Las Vegas Broadway Production of Jersey Boys. Christian's New York theatre credits include the lead role of "Scarecrow" in The Wiz, as well as Lost In the Stars and Cotton Club Parade at City Center Encores. He shot the Michael Patrick King pilot A Mann's World starring Don Johnson for NBC playing the series regular role of 'Snap'. Christian is beyond excited to fulfill his childhood dream of performing alongside the legendary Boston Pops in such an iconic role. Christian extends his love and gratitude to Mom, Boo, Tosh, Aunt Maggie, Alison and Headline Talent Agency. He dedicates this show to TT, Ola, Uncle Buck, and Lisa.

Christian Dante White, Chip Marc Kudisch, Pitkin/First Workman
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Marc Kudisch - Three-time Tony Award Nominee, Drama Desk Award winner and two-time Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee. Broadway: FINDING NEVERLAND (Charles Froman/Hook), HAND TO GOD (Pastor Greg), 9 TO 5 (Franklin Hart), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Baron Bomburst), THE APPLE TREE (Roundabout Theatre),ASSASSINS (The Proprietor, Roundabout Theatre), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Trevor Graydon), BELLS ARE RINGING (Jeff Moss), LaChiusa's THE WILD PARTY (Jackie - Public Theater), THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (Chauvelin), HIGH SOCIETY (George Kittredge), DISNEY'S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Gaston) and JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Reuben). Recent Off-Broadway: HEY LOOK ME OVER( Encores), FUCKING A and THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN at the Signature Theatre, HAND TO GOD at MCC, THE HOLIDAY GUYS (co-creator) at The York Theatre, THE BLUE FLOWER at Second Stage, A MINISTER'S WIFE and THE GLORIOUS ONES at Lincoln Center. Recent Regional credits include UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN at MUNY, HAMLET at Yale Rep; TARTUFFE at Westport Playhouse; Terrence McNally's GOLDEN AGE at the Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes award nom.); Ricky Ian Gordon's SYCAMORE TREES (Helen Hayes award), Michael John Lachusia's THE HIGHEST YELLOW (Helen Hayes nom.) and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (Helen Hayes award) all for the Signature Theatre DC. Opera: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and PIRATES OF PENZANCE for NYC Opera, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, ANATOMY THEATRE and WONDERFUL TOWN at LA Opera, Henry Kissinger in THE NEW PRINCE for The Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. Film and television: LATE NIGHT (Billy Kastner-in production), THE TICK (Commander Ty Rathbone season 2, Amazon-in production), BILLIONS (Dr Gus season 2, Showtime), MINDHUNTER (Roger Wade, Netflix), LIMITLESS, HOUSE OF CARDS (Senator Henry Mitchell, Netflix), UNFORGETTABLE, PERSON OF INTEREST, 27 EAST (Pilot); GOSSIP GIRL , BLUE BLOODS, SMASH, SEX AND THE CITY, BYE BYE BIRDIE (Conrad) for ABC TV, BREAK IN (Val) for Lifetime, ALL MY CHILDREN (ABC).

Marc Kudisch, Pitkin/First Workman
Andrea Martin, Madame Dilly
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Andrea Martin is a multi-talented award winning actress, whose work transcends all mediums.  For her show-stopping performance in the Broadway revival of Pippin, Martin won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Elliot Norton Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.  She quickly followed this by receiving the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her work in James Lapine's Broadway adaptation of Moss Hart's Act One, which also aired on PBS.  Her most recent Broadway appearance in the hit revival of Noises Off, earned her another Tony Award nomination.  Her previous Broadway credits include Exit the King (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon; 'Frau Blucher' in Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein (Tony, Drama Desk nominations); 'Aunt Eller' in Oklahoma! (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); 'The Old Lady' in Candide (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations); and 'Alice' in My Favorite Year at Lincoln Center Theater for which she won Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards.  She tours North America with her one-person show, Final Days! Everything Must Go!!

Martin received two Emmy Awards for writing and an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Series for her work on the legendary sketch comedy show SCTV.  Martin also received a special Emmy Award for her contributions on Sesame Street and she had her own special for Showtime, Andrea Martin, Together Again.  She starred in the NBC/Shaw series Working the Engels, for which she was nominated for an ACTRA and CSA Awards.  She was also seen as one of the stars of the NBC live event broadcast of Hairspray Live!  Martin recently filmed the third and final season of the critically acclaimed Difficult People.  The second season of her hit comedy series Great News, written by Tracey Wigfield and produced by Tina Fey, recently aired on NBC.  Currently, Martin can be seen in the CBS All Access series The Good Fight.

Martin's film appearances include Club Paradise; Wag the Dog; The Producers; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; All Over the Guy; Night at the Museum 3; My Big Fat Greek Wedding (SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble and People's Choice Award); and it's sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  She will be seen this year on the big screen, starring in the films Little Italy and Diane.

Her critically acclaimed book"Lady Parts" was released by Harper Collins.

Andrea Martin, Madame Dilly
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BERNSTEIN - On the Town (95 min, plus one 20 min intermission after Act I)
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