Rehearsals are underway for Broadway's upcoming New York, New York, beginning performances at the St. James Theatre March 24 ahead of an April 26 opening night. As previously announced, the new musical, inspired by the 1977 film of the same name and featuring a score by John Kander, the late Fred Ebb, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, will be led by Colton Ryan and Anna Uzele.
The company recently gathered for their sitzprobe, the first sing-through of the entire show with the full orchestra. The cast kicked things off with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" for composer John Kander, turning 96 March 18. Watch the special moment above.
Go inside the rehearsal room and get a first listen to the score of New York, New York complete with full orchestra below:
Inspired by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture New York, New York, written by Earl M. Rauch and Mardik Martin, the new musical is set in 1946. The war is over, and a collection of artists has dreams as big and diverse as the city itself. Among them is Francine Evans (Uzele), a young singer just off the bus from Philly, who is destined for greatness. At least, until she encounters New York native Jimmy Doyle (Ryan), a brilliant but disillusioned musician.
Joining Ryan and Uzele are Clyde Alves (On the Town) as Tommy Caggiano, John Clay III (Choir Boy) as Jesse Webb, Janet Dacal (In the Heights) as Sofia Diaz, Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen) as Gordon Kendrick, Oliver Prose as Alex Mann, Angel Sigala as Mateo Diaz, and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as Madame Veltri. Prose and Sigala both make their Broadway debuts with the production.
The ensemble includes Wendi Bergamini, Allison Blackwell, Giovanni Bonaventura, Jim Borstelmann, Lauren Carr, Mike Cefalo, Bryan J. Cortés, Kristine Covillo, Gabriella Enriquez, Haley Fish, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Richard Gatta, Stephen Hanna, Naomi Kakuk, Akina Kitazawa, Ian Liberto, Kevin Ligon, Leo Moctezuma, Aaron Nicholas Patterson, Dayna Marie Quincy, Julian Ramos, Drew Redington, Benjamin Rivera, Vanessa Sears, Davis Wayne, Jeff Williams, and Darius Wright. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger.
The musical is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, with the book (reportedly only loosely based on the Scorsese-directed film) by David Thompson and Sharon Washington. All four of Kander and Ebb's songs written for the film will make the jump to the stage score, joining new songs by Kander and Miranda, who is supplying additional lyrics throughout. Also on the creative team are music supervisor and arranger Sam Davis, orchestrators Daryl Waters and Davis, vocal arranger David Loud, and music director Alvin Hough, Jr.
The production will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (POTUS), costume design by Donna Zakowska (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), lighting design by Ken Billington (The Scottsboro Boys), sound design by Kai Harada (The Band's Visit), projection design by Christopher Ash (co-designing with Boritt), and hair and wig design by Sabana Majeed (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Johnny Milani is production stage manager.