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Wonderful Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Directed by Mary Zimmerman 
September 10 - October 16,  2016 
in the Albert

Mary Zimmerman directs a dazzling revival of Leonard Bernstein’s 1953 classic, a song-and-dance filled ode to New York City that “fizzes and pops and rhumbas with timeless energy” (Variety). Powered by Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, this whimsical love letter to Manhattan finds Ruth, an aspiring journalist, and her sister Eileen, a bombshell actress, leaving Ohio determined to conquer New York City. Roughing it in a dingy Manhattan basement apartment isn’t quite how the sisters imagined living, but they can’t resist the city’s bustling energy and soon find their professional and romantic hopes coming true. Chock-full of swinging show tunes and spectacular choreography, Wonderful Towncaptures the thrill of chasing one’s dreams like no other musical.

PRESS RELEASES

August 25, 2016 | Weeklong "Leonard Bernstein" Celebration Kicks-off September 27 at Goodman Theatre
August 3, 2016 | Cast Announced for Mary Zimmerman's Wonderful Town

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    Bri Sudia (Ruth) and Lauren Molina (Eileen) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Director Mary Zimmerman in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Erica Stephan (Ensemble), Steven Strafford (Chick Clark), Karl Sean Hamilton (Robert Baker), Sherriese Hamilton (Ensemble) and Lainie Sakakura (Ensemble) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Lauren Molina (Eileen) and Bri Sudia (Ruth) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Ensemble members Tiffany Krause,  Ariana Cappuccitti, Lainie Sakakura, Lauren Molina (Eileen,) ensemble members Erica Stephan, Ian Saunders and Kent M. Lewis in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Steven Strafford (Chick Clark) and Erica Stephan (Ensemble) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Bri Sudia (Ruth), Karl Sean Hamilton (Robert Baker), Lauren Molina (Eileen), Steven Strafford (Chick Clark) and Wade Elkins (Frank Lippencott) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

     

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    Karl Sean Hamilton (Robert Baker), Erica Stephan (Ensemble), Aaron Holland (Ensemble), Steven Strafford (Chick Clark),  and Sherriese Hamilton (Ensemble) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    The creative team including Assistant Director Jeffrey Mosser, Director Mary Zimmerman, and Production Stage Manager Briana J. Fahey in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Karl Sean Hamilton (Robert Baker) and Bri Sudia (Ruth) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Ensemble members Russell Mernagh and Aaron Holland in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Music Director Doug Peck and Associate Music Director Ben Johnson in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Ariana Cappuccitti (Ensemble), Tiffany Krause (Ensemble), Lauren Molina (Eileen), Erica Stephan (Ensemble) and  Lainie Sakakura (Ensemble) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    Todd Rhoades (Ensemble) and Choreographer Alex Sanchez in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016). GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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    James Earl Jones II (Speedy Valenti), Todd Rhoades (Ensemble), George Andrew Wolff (Lonigan), Russell Mernagh (Ensemble), Ian Saunders (Ensemble) and Ariana Cappuccitti (Ensemble) in rehearsal for Wonderful Town, a musical by Leonard Bernstein, librettists Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman at Goodman Theatre (September 10 - October 16, 2016).GoodmanTheatre.org/WonderfulTown

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  • Composer
    Composer

    Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) was a world-renowned musician, conductor and composer throughout his entire adult life. He was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world’s major orchestras, recording hundreds of these performances. His books and the televised Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic established him as a leading educator. His compositions include Jeremiah,The Age of AnxietyKaddishSerenadeFive AnniversariesMassChichester Psalms,Slava!SongfestDivertimento for OrchestraMissa BrevisArias and Barcarolles,Concerto for Orchestra and A Quiet Place. Bernstein composed for the Broadway musical stage, including On the TownWonderful TownCandide and the immensely popular West Side Story. In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets: Fancy FreeFacsimile and Dybbuk. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including the Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Theater, 11 Emmy Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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  • Director
    Director

    MARY ZIMMERMAN is the recipient of a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play and numerous Jeff Awards (including Best Production and Best Direction). She is an Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, a member of Lookingglass Theatre Company and a professor of performance studies at Northwestern University. Zimmerman has adapted and directed  Metamorphoses, which appeared on Broadway and at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and Second Stage Theatre; The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at the Goodman, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Second Stage Theatre; Journey to the West at the Goodman, the Huntington Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre; The Odyssey at Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Goodman, McCarter Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre; Mirror of the Invisible World and Silk, both at the Goodman; Arabian Nights at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Argonautika at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre; The Secret in the Wings at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre; Eleven Rooms of Proust at Lookingglass Theatre Company and About Face Theatre (co-produced by the Goodman); a new opera with Philip Glass, Galileo Galilei, at the Goodman, The Barbican in London and Brooklyn Academy of Music; Candide  at the Goodman, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Huntington Theatre Company; The Jungle Book at the Goodman and Huntington Theatre Company and The White Snake at the Goodman, McCarter Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. In addition, Ms. Zimmerman has directed Shakespeare’s Pericles and All’s Well That Ends Well at the Goodman and Henry VIII and Measure for Measure at New York Theater Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park. She made her Metropolitan Opera directorial debut in 2007 with Lucia di Lammermoor, which she also directed at La Scala in Milan in 2014. Subsequent Met productions include Armida and La Sonnambula.

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  • Lyrics
    Lyrics

    BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN In a partnership spanning nearly 60 years, Comden & Green received Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Applause,Wonderful TownHallelujah Baby!On The Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies. Other Broadway credits include On the TownPeter PanBells Are RingingDo Re MiSubways Are For Sleeping and A Doll's Life. They wrote the screenplays and/or lyrics for the motion pictures Good NewsOn the TownSingin' in the RainThe Band Wagon,It's Always Fair Weather (Academy Award nomination) and Auntie Mame, among others. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 1991. Comden appeared in the films Garbo Talks and Slaves of New York, and authored a collection of essays published under the title Off Stage. She is survived by her daughter, Susanna Kyle. Green appeared in the films SimonMy Favorite YearLily In LoveI Want To Go Home and The Substance of Fire, and as Dr. Pangloss in the television broadcast of Candide, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Newman, and their children, Adam and Amanda.

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  • Authors
    Authors

    JOSEPH A. FIELDS and JEROME CHODROV (Authors) wrote the hit Broadway play My Sister Eileen, which ran for three years from 1940 to 1943. The duo later collaborated on the play’s musical adaptation Wonderful Town, which won them the 1953 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Additional joint Broadway credits include the plays Schoolhouse on the Lot, Junior Miss, The French Touch, Anniversary Waltz and The Ponder Heart. Fields also wrote the plays The Doughgirls, I Gotta Get Out, The Desk Set, The Tunnel of Love and the book of the musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Chodrov’s works include A Talent for Murder, 3 Bags Full and the book of the musical I Had a Ball. He also directed Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole, Christine and The Gazebo

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