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New Girl In Town
A Musical Based on Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie
music and lyrics by Bob Merrill
book by George Abbott
directed by Charlotte Moore
music direction by John Bell
choreography by Barry McNabb
July 18th - September 14th! Buy Tickets Now!
The Waterfront, New York City, 1926...
Anna, a woman with a checkered past, joins her father, Old Chris Christopherson, Captain of a coal barge shuttling between Boston and New York. On a foggy July 4th night, a sailor is pulled from the dark waters of the Atlantic. As the fog clears, Anna's and Matt Burke's eyes meet and their lives are changed forever.
Based on Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna Christie, NEW GIRL IN TOWN is a passionate, joyous musical by Bob Merrill in its first full production in New York City since its 1957 Tony-nominated Broadway run.
Check out this video for rare, behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and creatives, and footage from New Girl in Town:
What the Critics Have to Say...
“GIMME SOME SINGING O'NEILL. DON'T BE STINGY, BABY. There are charming numbers. They include the father's wistful ode to his daughter, "Anna Lilla"; the rousing opener "Roll Yer Socks Up;" Marthy and the saloon girls' brassy "Flings"; and Anna and Matt's tender duet, "Did You Close Your Eyes?"” — New York Times
“CHARLOTTE MOORE'S PRODUCTION IS SHARP AND ATMOSPHERIC.” — Daily News
“New Girl in Town is an appealing oddity — A BONBON WITH UNEXPECTED SOUR FLAVORS THAT GIVE IT AN EXTRA RESONANCE.” — Village Voice
“'New Girl in Town,' is enjoying a SPRIGHTLY OFF-BROADWAY REVIVAL at the Irish Repertory Theatre... Irish Rep's artistic director Charlotte Moore also finds the bright notes with her SMART STAGING, which includes HIGH-SPIRITED CHOREOGRAPHY by Barry McNabb and a tuneful four-piece orchestra led by John Bell on piano." — Associated Press
“Bob Merrill wrote such a clever and often catchy score for the George Abbott-written 1957 tuner New Girl in Town is reason enough to HOTFOOT IT OVER TO THE IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE FOR THE CURRENT REVIVAL.” — Theatremania
“The Irish Repertory Company deserves a high five for its lovingly Irish-ized revival of New Girl In Town, A TOO-LONG-IGNORED MUSICAL FROM BROADWAY'S GOLDEN AGE.” — Curtain Up
“Margaret Loesser Robinson and Patrick Cummings have TANGIBLE CHEMISTRY as Anna and Matt, the lovers who must overcome her past to find happiness... LOOKS LIKE THERE'S ALSO A NEW BOY IN TOWN...” — New York Post
“IF YOU LOVE VINTAGE MUSICALS, YOU'LL KICK YOURSELF IF YOU DON'T GO!” — Lighting and Sound America
“Invigorated by Barry McNabb’s space-maximizing choreography, this revival makes a pleasant case for a second-tier show; SHE'S QUAINT, BUT THERE'S LIFE IN THE OLD GIRL YET.” — Time Out New York
“This production has got a winning formula: a timeless story, top-notch actors and actresses with lovely voices, a catchy score with a mix of upbeat songs and romantic ballads played just right by a four-piece orchestra plus sax, and a snazzy ensemble of dancing sailors and saloon girls who have some great moves. Don’t let the connection to O’Neill’s dark Anna Christie drama mislead you; THIS REVIVAL PROVIDES TWO HOURS OF PURE, GOOD OLD-FASHIONED ENTERTAINMENT.” — Show Business
“THE MUSICAL IS A PLEASANT CHESTNUT MADE ALL THE MORE PALATABLE BY ITS EXCELLENT PRODUCTION.” — Woman Around Town
"A NEAT CURIOSITY FOR MUSICAL THEATER JUNKIES" — AMNY
"Moore's direction shows off the showmanship in O'Neill, while keeping the pathos intact. THIS NEW GIRL IS ONE YOU WILL BE GLAD TO MEET." — Irish Examiner
“Smartly pruned and artfully staged... CHARLOTTE MOORE HAS GIVEN NEW YORK A PRESENT BY STAGING IT, by casting it with two principals and an ensemble that create magic with little in the way of technical help, and I, for one, felt refreshed and restored, having visited an old friend of a musical and finding it still capable of contributing something valuable to all who gave it a listen and a gander.” — dctheatrescene.com
“New Girl in Town gives the Irish Rep another opportunity to do what we already know they do best. THE PRODUCTION FIRES ON ALL CYLINDERS like the venerable old theatrical magic maker it is again, sending you singing into the New York streets.” — Irish Voice
“Moore’s direction establishes the period atmosphere inherent in the musical numbers, and her key actors define their characters crisply. Her ASTUTE CASTING PLAYS A BIG PART IN MAKING THE SHOW WORK WITH DRAMATIC SINCERITY.” — Wolf Entertainment Guide
|Ensemble||Kimberly Dawn Neumann
|Anna||Margaret Loesser Robinson|
|Music Direction||John Bell|
|Set Design||James Morgan
|Costume Design||China Lee
|Lighting Design||Mary Jo Dondlinger
|Sound Design||Zachary Williamson
|Hair and Wig Design||Robert-Charles Vallance|
|Dialect Coach||Steven Gabis|
|Production Stage Manager||Christine Lemme
|Assistant Stage Manager||Arthur Atkinson
Wednesday at 3pm & 8pm
Thursday at 7pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Approx. Running Time: 2 hours, with intermission