#TBT: How West Side Story Created a Broadway Revolution

When West Side Story landed on Broadway in 1957, it had been a long time coming. Director-choreographer Jerome Robbins, writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein toyed with collaborating on a contemporary musical loosely based on Romeo and Juliet for years, picking up and putting down the project multiple times as other creative endeavors demanded […]

#tbt: Tommy Tune's 1982 Advice for Performers (That's Still True Today)

In the September 1982 issue of Dance Magazine, we reported on Tommy Tune’s unexpected role change from dancer to director. The then 43-year-old Tune confessed his struggle to make a living as a performer after his claim-to-fame performance in Seesaw (1973), and how his shift to directing got him back on his feet. His 1982 […]

'Prince of Broadway': A Crash Course in Hal Prince's Hit Musicals

Apart from having won the Tony Award for best choreography, the dances in Damn Yankees, West Side Story and the 1994 revival of Show Boat have little in common. Not the choreographers—Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins and Susan Stroman—or the composers—Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, Leonard Bernstein, and Jerome Kern. Not the dancers, either—the standouts were […]

Choreography's Constantly Shifting Role on Broadway

I first got hooked on Broadway musicals as a preteen at Gypsy, with its tapping moppets, gyrating burlesque queens and Tulsa, the dancing heartthrob. I’ve been going ever since, but Dance Magazine has been at it even longer. The 1926-27 Broadway season was just ending when DM began publication, and of its 200-plus shows, dozens […]

Get the Look: Classic Costumes

Recreate Chita Rivera’s look in Chicago with sexy black and white styles. Transform into Giselle with these feminine, delicate classic looks. Wear white, flowing skirts to embody the iconic and joyful energy of Revelations.