University of Oklahoma brings season to a close with 'On the Town'

Leonard Bernstein's musical “On the Town,” a tale of three sailors on a 24-hour leave, closes OU's musical theater season.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: April 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: May 1, 2013
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More problematic but entertaining was Gabey's fixation on the subway's Miss Turnstile for the month, an aspiring singer-dancer who actually works in a Coney Island dive.

Lingner was at his best singing “Lonely Town” in act one and an “Imaginary Coney Island” dream dance in act two.

Audra Bryant got across the multitalented of Miss Turnstile, bullied by her drunken and domineering music teacher, played with panache by Kyra Wharton.

Much lower key was a vignette in which Claire and Ozzie, and Hildy and Chip, realize that their brief fling is about over, but they may meet again, “Some Other Time.”

Other assets were a live pit orchestra conducted by Paul Christman, and Ethan Hartman's versatile set.

More than a little dated, and “over the top,” at times, but enjoyable and performed with great pizazz by the OU company, the season-finale production, directed and choreographed by Lyn Cramer, is well worth attending.

— John Brandenburg