A NIGHT ON THE TERRAZZO Fills Time Between Seasons, August 22 – September 12

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 15, 2014

This weekend Grease closes. It seems amazing that 31 years of live theatre have come to an end and that, in a very short time, we will begin our 32nd year of live professional theatre here on the corner of Franklin and First.

The Parks and Rec children have workshopped The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, readying the script for Cameron Perry, Allie McCaw, Michael Spaziani, Tommy Winters and Leslie Greene to offer their expertise in bringing Washington Irving’s tale of the Headless Horseman to vivid life.

The summer interns performed all the Rustics scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a crowded lawn of parents and friends under the hospitality of Jimmy and Lena Orgain at their beautiful home, High Meadow — no better backyard would have served for such fun summer high jinks.

We won’t be dark between Grease and Leonard Bernstein’s marvelous musical On the Town, starring Stacy Turner in the role made famous by Nancy Walker on Broadway and Betty Garrett in the Gene Kelly / Frank Sinatra film version.

Between these two behemoth musical extravaganzas, we keep the momentum going by offering our “On the Terrazzo” series. This year’s musical revue, A Night on the Terrazzo, is a walk down memory lane, offering highlights of some of our biggest and best musicals presented here over the last 30 years.

Cabaret tables surround the lobby while some of our best performers present songs and tell the story of Joe Goldberg’s Lillian, the building’s transformation from an old silent movie house to the Roxy, the fires, the new Roxy, and our plans for the future — the new center for arts and education.

A Night on the Terrazzo runs August 22 through September 12, playing Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, September 6. A limited number of tables and chairs are available, and seating is general admission. Admission, which is $20, includes a beverage and light refreshments.

Comden and Green wrote and presented our season opener, On the Town, during World War II. In the stage production, the war is such an important part of the story. Its presence is an unspoken character, and it colors the bittersweetness of the final ballad: “Where has the time all gone to / Haven’t done half the things we want to / Oh well, we’ll catch up some other time.” For the three WWII sailors, there may not be another time. The 24-hour leave is more poignant, knowing in 1944 to what they will be returning.

The film makes no mention of the war. In 1949, when it was made, the nation had lived war 24/7 for four years, and we needed an escape. We wanted to put all that behind, so the sentimentality was gone and only the sailors’ glee remained.

I prefer the stage version. Once again, our production of On the Town here at the Roxy, running September 17 through October 4, coincides with a major Broadway revival.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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