SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre & Dance and Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra Present Musical 'On the Town'


SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with the Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra, will present its triennial collaboration with an upcoming production of the musical “On the Town.”

“On the Town,” with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, premiered on Broadway in 1944. It tells the story of three sailors visiting New York City for the first time while on 24-hour shore leave. One of the sailors immediately falls in love with a poster of the “Miss Turnstiles” of the month and decides to find her. Hilarity ensues as the sailors divide and conquer the city that never sleeps, in search of love and adventure.

The show includes numerous dynamic dance numbers and such memorable songs as “New York, New York,” “Some Other Time” and “I Can Cook Too,” all accompanied by a 35-piece orchestra led by Dr. Kirk Severtson, from the Crane School of Music.

The musical will be presented with performances at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13 in Sara M. Snell Music Theatre at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music Complex. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $8 for faculty, staff, senior citizens and students.

The production will open with a special education outreach performance at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the general public for this viewing.

North Country high schools that plan to send students include: Franklin Academy, Malone; High C. Williams, Canton; St. Lawrence Central, Brasher Falls; St. Regis Falls Central; Lowville Academy; Parishville-Hopkinton Central; Norwood-Norfolk Central; Saranac Lake Central; Brushton-Moira Central, and Chateaugay Central. Many of the high schools will participate in a pre-performance session and/or post-performance workshops developed by an education outreach team of students from the Crane School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance, coordinated by Dr. Carleen Graham.

“On the Town” personnel includes Kirk Severtson as musical director and conductor, Carleen Graham as stage director and co-producer, Don Borsh as choreographer, François Germain as vocal coach, Todd Canedy as scenic designer, Melissa Adams as costume designer and Tony Lauthrom as guest lighting designer. The cast of 35 students includes five students from the North Country: Erin Higgins and Abraham Myler from Potsdam, Jordan Davidson from Philadelphia, Meghan Watson from Canton and William Boulter from Watertown.

The cast recently participated in a masterclass with SUNY Potsdam alumna Lisa Vroman during her residency in September. Cast members performed a variety of songs from the show and worked with Ms. Vroman on interpretation and expression.

Tickets can be purchased through the Community Performance Series Box Office by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting, or by visiting Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour before the performance, as available. 

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.