Wonderful Town for FREE

Friday May 13, 2011
2:00PM - 5:00PM

Wonderful Town for FREE

Category :: Movie


TJFF audiences will have a rare opportunity to travel back in time and experience the original Broadway production of Wonderful Town—with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green—that was recorded live and broadcast as a television special in 1958. Rosalind Russell is dazzling as the aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, who travels from Ohio with her beautiful sister Eileen to New York City’s Greenwich Village in the 1930s to seek fame and fortune. The exuberant show (based on the book, and later the 1940 play My Sister Eileen) opened in 1953, ran 559 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress. Wonderful Town marked Bernstein’s third Broadway musical theatre triumph, following Fancy Free and On the Town. The story was made into a film several times—as a non musical based on the play (also starring Russell) in 1942, and as a musical version in 1955 (with a completely different score by Jule Styne and Leo Robin), starring Jack Lemmon and Janet Leigh.

THIS IS A FREE TICKETED EVENT. TICKETS MAY BE BOOKED, IN PERSON ONLY, AT ANY TJFF BOX OFFICE.


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