8 Reasons Why Gillian Murphy Will Be the Coolest Mom
Congratulations are in order for American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy and her husband, former ABT dancer Ethan Stiefel, who are expecting their first child next June!
Murphy announced her pregnancy today on Instagram:
She will not be dancing in the company's upcoming tour or the 2019 Metropolitan Opera House season, but plans to return to the stage next fall.
We have no doubt that Murphy will be the ultimate cool mom. Here's why:
She's a great teacher and coach.
Coaching Nutcracker can't be too different from parenting, right?
She's not afraid of an adventure.
Baby Murfel has some epic trips to look forward to.
She always looks on the bright side.
That optimism will definitely come in handy as a new parent.
She's already an experienced Aunt.
Teaching your nephew to fish dive makes you a cool aunt, we think.
She has the sweetest BFF.
We can only imagine what an amazing aunt/Godmother fellow ABT principal Stella Abrera will be.
She's an Ivy Leaguer.
Well, kinda. Murphy is participating in the first-ever Harvard Business School Crossover Into Business program, along with some of her ABT colleagues.
And a movie star.
Okay, Dad may have had a slightly bigger role in Center Stage, but let us not forget Murphy's brief appearance in the classic dance film.
And, of course, one of the fiercest performers we know.
That control, though.
Congrats, Gillian and Ethan!
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: