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The Danciest Moments of Hairspray Live!

Decorating and shopping for presents are old news. Live TV musicals have become the new way to ring in the holiday season. Last night’s production of Hairspray Live! marked NBC’s fourth December musical. (Past years included versions of The Wiz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music). But the tradition doesn’t stop here. NBC already […]

Waiting in the Wings

Many things start in September, and the theater season used to be one of them. But once air-conditioning arrived, theatergoing became possible even during a New York summer. So the 2016–17 theater season began in July, with the return of two oldies but goodies. Motown: The Musical brought the life story of music legend Berry […]

Cuban Heat

Sergio Trujillo’s moves for On Your Feet! called for a trip to the Caribbean.    Ana Villafañe plays Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet! Photo by Matthew Murphy, courtesy On Your Feet! Sergio Trujillo got his feet dirty choreographing his newest Broadway musical. But he didn’t mind. He was in Havana soaking up the local […]

Broadway Sneak Peek

For Andy Blankenbuehler and Christopher Gattelli, the 2015–16 season is already well under way. Their shows, Hamilton and Amazing Grace, respectively, brought two 18th-century paragons—founding father Alexander Hamilton and abolitionist John Newton—to Broadway this summer. But most of the musicals setting their sights on the 2016 Tonys are still gestating. Here’s what to expect, if […]

The Netflix Binge List for Real Dancers

Summer is in full swing. And though I’m all for beach days and road trips, I’m starting to long for some dancing. Though there are some exceptions, summer is usually slow season for performances. But that gives us all the more time to catch up on our favorite dancing on screen. Here are some titles […]

It's Tony Time: Here Are Our Predictions

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in Tony-nominated An American in Paris. Photo by Sara Krulwich via The New York Times. –   The anticipation is almost over. The 2015 Tony Awards are just two days away! It’s been a season of dance-filled musicals, with Jerome Robbins revivals On the Town and The King and I, […]

Not Just a Number

How age affects the ensemble’s casting The cast of Kinky Boots. Photo by Matthew Murphy, Courtesy O+M Co. In Hollywood, it seems it’s always kids putting on a show. But on Broadway, musicals are populated with dancers who may indeed be kids and those who manifestly aren’t. Often the shows themselves dictate how old an […]

On Broadway: Viva Las Vegas

Jerry Mitchell protégé Denis Jones makes his first Broadway moves. Tony Danza (seated) and Rob McClure in Honeymoon in Vegas. Photo by Jerry Dalia, courtesy Paper Mill Playhouse. In one of the deliciously surreal moments in Andrew Bergman’s loopy 1992 comedy Honeymoon in Vegas, a freaky Hawaiian chieftain with flowing locks performs Broadway show tunes. […]