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Go on a New York, New York adventure

By From page B4 | July 05, 2017

Three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City find three high-spirited women in an unforgettable adventure in “On the Town,” coming to Sacramento’s Music Circus, July 11-16.

The soaring score by Leonard Bernstein features “Lonely Town” and “New York, New York.”

Sam Lips will mak his Music Circus debut as Gabey, one of the three sailors on a 24-hour New York adventure. Lips played the title role in “Pippin” on tour, as well as appearing in the Broadway production; additional credits include “Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” on Broadway, the North American premiere of Baz Lurhmann’s “Strictly Ballroom” and the National Tour of “Wicked.”

Matt Loehr returns to Music Circus as Chip after last season’s performance as Jimmy Winter in “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” His Broadway turns include “The Book of Mormon” as Elder McKinley, the original cast of “The Producers,” “Elf,” “Mary Poppins” and more.

For his first Music Circus production, Clyde Alves will play Ozzie, the role he originated in the recent Broadway revival of “On the Town.” He has appeared in numerous Broadway productions including “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Wicked,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Anything Goes” and “The Music Man.”

In addition to appearing as Babette in this season’s Music Circus production of “Beauty and the Beast” and Jean MacLaren in the 2014 production of “Brigadoon,” Courtney Iventosch will be portraying Ivy Smith; her Broadway experience includes “Something Rotten!” and “Wicked,” in which she also appeared on tour.

Bringing Hildy Esterhazy to the stage is Jennifer Cody, whose Broadway shows include “A Christmas Story,” “Shrek the Musical,” “The Pajama Game” and more, as well as extensive voice work for movies, TV and commercials including creating the voice of Charlotte La Beoeuff in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

Appearing in the recent Broadway revival of “On the Town,” Holly Ann Butler returns to the show at Music Circus in the role of Claire De Loone; she has appeared on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Grease,” and was in last summer’s Music Circus production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

Previously at Music Circus in “42nd Street,” Susan Cella returns to play the role of Madame Maude P. Dilly. She has appeared on Broadway in “The Graduate,” “Me and My Girl,” “Evita” and “On the Twentieth Century,” as well as in the national tours of “Fiddler on the Roof,” 42nd Street” and “La Cage aux Folles.”

In addition to his television work, including a recurring role as Dr. Kurian on Syfy’s “Z Nation,” Donald Corren, playing Judge Pitkin W. Bridgework, has performed on Broadway in “Souvenir” and “Torch Song Trilogy” and in numerous Off Broadway and regional productions.

In the role of Lucy Schmeeler is Karen Hyland, who was in last summer’s Music Circus production of “Hello, Dolly!” and has appeared on Broadway in “Scandalous” and “Ghost,” as well as Off-Broadway in “Cagney” and in City Center Encore’s production of “Anyone Can Whistle.”

Joseph Torello, playing Workman No. 1 and various ensemble roles, just appeared in the City Center Encore production of “The Golden Apple,” was in Live from Lincoln Center’s production of “Carousel” with the New York Philharmonic and in a Carnegie Hall benefit production of “Guys and Dolls. ” He has appeared at Music Circus in “Camelot,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “South Pacific” and “The Music Man.”

Music Circus’ production of “On the Town” is directed by Linda Goodrich with choreographer Mark Esposito and music director Dennis Castellano.

For tickets and more information stop by the ox office at 1419 H St. in Sacramento, call (916) 557-1999 or visit sacramentomusiccircus.com.

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