If you don’t remember the film –It played as part of the “Made in Culver City” series a few years back, here’s a quick sketch; three sailors are on leave for 24 hours in NYC at the height of WW II, determined to see the sights and find women. On stage, this wonderful production more than hits the bases. With a score by Leonard Bernstein, the songs alone are worth the ticket, but add in plenty of dance, some sweet and sharp comedy and the urgent romance of lovers who know they may well be parting forever, and it’s a great show.
While the Blurred vision Theater Company has gained a deserved measure of fame for their daring productions such as RENT and A Chorus Line, On the Town is more than sexy enough to raise some eyebrows with the quick pickups and instant intimacy of a city at war, getting some fun while the getting is good. For anyone who thought women didn’t get liberated until the 70’s, let these daring dames show you some charming history. The sailors, while initially focussed on seeing the sites, allow themselves to be persuaded.
Blurred Vision can also be a great metaphor for eyes tearing up; for many of the lead performers, this will be their last show with the company. Students who have been working together all the way back to middle school are dancing their last duet.
Enjoy the YouTube clip below, but get to the show – Tickets on sale at the box office. To paraphrase – It’s a helluva show.
Friday, March 18 at 7pm
• Saturday, March 19 at 2pm* (understudy cast performs)
• Saturday, March 19 at 8pm*
Location: Robert Frost Auditorium (4401 Elenda St., Culver City, CA 90230)
• $15 for adults
• $10 for seniors, CCUSD staff and high school students
• $5 for CCHS students with ASB cards and CCMS students
• Children in elementary school and younger are free with an adult