Wonderful Town

Musical

Writers: Jerome Chodorov Joseph Fields Leonard Bernstein Betty Comden Adolph Green

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
Tony Award®
Best Musical 1953
First Produced
1953
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
greenwhich village, new york, summer of 1935
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

Based on the earlier play, My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov (which is in turn based on stories by Ruth McKenney), Tony-award winning Wonderful Town is a bright and cheery love letter to the colorful experience of living life in New York. Wonderful Town tells the story of two sisters, Ruth and Eileen, who move from a rural town in Ohio to experience the bright lights, the big city, and the crazy characters of Greenwich Village, New York City. Ruth is an aspiring writer and Eileen is a dancer who wants to pursue a life on stage. One sister can’t find a man no matter what she does, the other can’t keep them away. Together, these two sisters take on the world, pursuing their dreams and finding love along the way. Wonderful Town features a bright Leonard Bernstein score, including such classics as “A Little Bit in Love” and “Ohio.”

Lead Characters