Anna Uzele and Colton Ryan Will Star in NEW YORK, NEW YORK Broadway Musical


Anna Uzele and Colton Ryan| Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images and Jason Haberman

Dan Meyer
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January 12, 2023 12:01 PM

Start spreading the news: some Broadway stars are making their return to the Big Apple! The world premiere of New York, New York will star Anna Uzele, Colton Ryan, and more. As previously announced, the musical begins previews March 24 at the St. James Theatre with an opening night set for April 26.

It was originally reported that while the musical is indeed inspired by Martin Scorcese’s 1977 film, the adaptation would stray from the plot of movie—but it turns out that’s not the case. Uzele will play Francine Evans opposite Ryan as Jimmy Doyle, two musicians who fall in love during the postwar era, characters that were created by Liza Minnelli and Robert DeNiro in the film. Additional cast and creative team members will be announced at a later date.  

Uzele originated the role of Catherine Parr (“I Don’t Need Your Love”) in SIX: The Musical. Before that, she appeared in Once On This Island. Ryan was last seen on Broadway in Girl From the North Country and The Girl From Plainville on Hulu. He made his Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen.

Behind the scenes, Lin-Manuel Miranda has teamed up with John Kander to update and expand the movie’s original score by Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph, with David Thompson and Sharon Washington co-writing the book.

New York, New York will feature music supervision and arrangements by Sam Davis, orchestrations by Davis and Daryl Waters, vocal arrangements by David Loud, and music direction by Alvin Hough Jr., with Foresight Theatrical as general manager and casting by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger. Sonia Friedman and Tom Kirdahy are lead producers.

The show has been in development for some time now with an NYC workshop staged earlier this year. Kander and Ebb’s work was last seen on Broadway with The Visit in 2015. They’re perhaps best known for their scores to Cabaret and Chicago. Ebb passed away in 2004, but Kander has remained a top musical contributor, working with Stroman on several projects already. This is the first time Miranda has worked with Stroman but Kander helped the composer-lyricist with a new song for a Hamilton collaboration in 2018.

Check out the stars singing two songs from the musical below.

Anna Uzele–"But The World Goes Round"

Coltan Ryan–"Music, Money, Love"

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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