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Ben Vereen Like You May Not Have Seen Him

Here’s a photo of a very young Ben Vereen in a modern dance pose! This is from Go Down, Moses by Helen Tamiris. You’re probably used to seeing him more in musical theatre numbers! You know he won a Tony for Pippin in 1973 but did you know he was also nominated for a Tony […]

A series of four images of Ephraim Sykes, an athletic Black man in his 30s. He poses against an off-white wall, variously leaning against it in counterbalance or creating dramatic shadows. He wears denim overalls over a bare chest, letting one strap fall off his shoulder, and bright sneaks.

Ephraim Sykes Is the Toast of Broadway and Beyond

His brilliant dancing and magnetic presence wowed Broadway in “Ain’t Too Proud”; landed him the lead (which he eventually relinquished) of “MJ: The Musical”; and will be on display in the title role of Tony Goldwyn and Savion Glover’s reimagined “Pal Joey” at New York City Center this month. But ask Ephraim Sykes for his story and he starts with, “My mother and father fell in love…” 

News of Note: What You May Have Missed in February 2020

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month. Comings & Goings Alejandro Cerrudo has been named Pacific Northwest Ballet’s first resident choreographer. Kyle Davis has been promoted to principal. Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Eleonora Abbagnato will give her final performance May 18. Manuel Legris has been […]

The 12 Most Groundbreaking Musicals of the Last Six Decades

Broadway musicals have been on my mind for more than half a century. I discovered them in grade school, not in a theater but electronically. On the radio, every weeknight an otherwise boring local station would play a cast album in its entirety; on television, periodically Ed Sullivan’s Sunday night variety show would feature an […]

On Broadway: Magic to Do

Pippin’s revival salutes Fosse’s smooth moves. Patina Miller leading Fosse’s “Manson Trio.” Photo: Michael J. Lutch, Courtesy ART. Chet Walker yields to no one in his reverence for the director/choreographer he still refers to as “Mr. Fosse.” And that’s why, when director Diane Paulus approached him about working on the current revival of Pippin, he […]

Dance Matters: What Comes Next

Bebe Neuwirth in All That Jazz at the 2005 CTFD gala.     From early training throughout their professional lives, dancers are flooded with information about everything from correct placement to audition techniques. But retirement—and what comes next—is a subject that used to be avoided. In 1985, Career Transition For Dancers started to fill in […]

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