Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Romantic Realism: On the Town (New York, New York)

The Legendary Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin featuring in de 1949 MGM film, On the Town, another icon of Romantic Realism. Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

The best known line of this song is, "New York, New York, a helluva town. The Bronx is up but the Battery's down".

Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin are starring in the slightly hedonistic yet romantic MGM film shot in 1949, On the Town. The music was written by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

It is an adaptation of the Broadway stage musical of the same name produced in 1944 (which itself is an adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet entitled Fancy Free which was also produced in 1944), although many changes in script and score were made from the original stage version. Most of Bernstein's music was dropped in favor of new songs by Edens, who disliked the majority of the Bernstein score, for being too complex and too operatic. This caused Bernstein to boycott the film.

The film was an instant success and won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography (Color). Screenwriters Comden and Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical.


Triple date "On The Town" with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera Ellen.

Prehistoric Man.