Resonance Works To Celebrate Bernstein With ‘On The Town’

By Francisco Salazar

Resonance Works is set to open its sixth season celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein with “On the Town.”

The concert performance of Bernstein’s famed musical will showcase the Pittsburgh debut of stage director Valerie Rachelle, Artistic Director of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The concert version will also include the entirety of Bernstein’s original score (plus numbers that were cut before the New York premiere) with narration by original collaborators Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Demareus Cooper makes her Resonance Works debut as narrator with Patrick McNally and Gillian Hassert heading the cast. Christopher Scott, Benjamin Robinson, Rebecca Shorstein, Jonathan Stuckey, and Anna Singer round out the cast.

Resonance Works has long taken great inspiration from Bernstein’s “total embrace” of music with his work as a composer of many genres, conductor, educator, and humanitarian. “On the Town” is the first of many Bernstein works that Pittsburgh audiences will hear this season.

“On the Town” is set to be performed on Friday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 21 at the New Hazlett Theater with members of The Brass Roots joining forces with the Resonance Chamber Orchestra. Resonance Works Founder and Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct.