by Eugene Toth, August 16, 2015
The Broadway play “On the Town” tells the story of three Navy sailors who found the loves of their lives in New York while they had 24 hours to explore the city. Playful Chip wanted to see the sights. Innocent Gabey wanted to enjoy a day. Amorous Ozzie wanted to find a love in one night.
Their adventure started in the subway. The three sailors saw a poster of the “Miss Turnstile” contest winner, the most beautiful woman who took the subway. The moment he saw her picture, Gabey loved Ivy. He searched for her in the places which the description under the poster said she loved to go to. Gabey found Ivy in Carnagie Hall. There she practiced singing with her insane Russian singing tutor. Ivy agreed to a date with Gabey.
In the middle of the city, Chip found Hildy, a plump taxi driver, trying to find a man. Hildy immediately fell in love with Chip. She took him to her apartment.
Ozzie found Claire de Lune, an anthropologist engaged to an indulgent fiancé. Claire de Lune took Ozzie to her apartment, where she and her finance celebrated before they announced their engagement at Diamond Eddie’s, an erotic club. Whenever Claire’s husband caught Claire kissing and embracing Ozzie, Claire’s fiancé would sing “I understand.”
The three sailors caroused in bars and clubs. They loved their women. Finally, in the morning, all bid each other goodbye.
“On the Town” portrays New York’s amazing diversity—a hedonist, Claire de Lune, an innocent classical artist, Ivy, the love-driven woman, Hildy.
The sounds of New York excite and stimulate us. At Coney Island, we hear a circus theme. The music conveys a circus of love and fun.
“On the Town” tells some jokes. When the couples are riding the subway to Coney Island, Hildy, the taxi driver woman observed there were only 192 more stops until Coney Island.
Periodically, two women pass by, talking about one of the woman’s bosses. Each time they are more drunk than before. With ridiculous Brooklyn accents, they gossip.
Woman 1: So what did you say?
Woman 2: So I said, I may be your secretary Mr. Gadolfin, but I can’t go that far.
Woman 1: So what did he say?
Woman 2: So I said, I cannot do that to Mrs. Gadolfin and all those other little Gadolfins. So I just handed in my resignation and left the office.
Woman 2: Now lets get a beer and we can talk about things!
For enduring reasons, Broadway producers for decades have revived “On the Town.” Two and a half hours of comedy highlight New York’s hilarity. Three gamboling sailors show us New York’s fun and humor.