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Why Broadway Dancers Are Taking Over TikTok

If you use TikTok, you’ve almost certainly noticed that Broadway dancers are having a big moment on the app. Sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits, demystifying #tourlife, orchestrating backstage hijinks, nerding out over favorite shows: Musical theater performers are creating content that makes full use of their distinctive talents—and earning big followings in the process. And many of these social media stars are ensemble members, swings, and understudies, whose roles are vital to the success of any show, but who don’t typically get much time in the spotlight.

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How Corinne McFadden Herrera has Maintained Wicked‘s Choreography and Staging for 20 Years

Unlike lyrics or lines preserved in scores and scripts, a show’s movement is ephemeral, passed from body to body with every new cast. Ensuring that the choreography and staging stays true to the original is crucial to the integrity of a show. Such is the task of Wicked’s associate choreographer Corinne McFadden Herrera, who has been with the production from its inception in 2003.

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…” 

Morris "Bboy Morris" Isby balances on one arm, his legs both extended to 2 o'clock while his head is at 8 o'clock. He wears a white t-shirt, grey sweats, and well worn black Converse. Many members of the crowd watching at the side of a wooden dance floor have expressions of shock and delight.

2023–24 Season Preview: The Shows at the Top of Our Must-See Lists

Unexpected collaborations, women-led ballets, superstar choreographers turning their talents to opera and musical theater, singular dancemakers wrestling with issues of labor, environmental justice, and more—here’s what our contributors are looking forward to most as the 2023–24 season gets underway.

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7 Shows Worth Catching Before Summer Comes to a Close

Eclectic festivals and outdoor offerings, a Broadway transfer and a rare London tour—and, of course, more than a handful of brand-new works pulling from an intriguing array of source material. Here’s what we’re looking forward to as summer winds to an end.

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