Top Broadway Choreographers on Bob Fosse's Legacy

Conscientious theatergoers may be familiar with The School for Scandal, The School for Wives and School of Rock. But how many are also aware of the school of Fosse? The 1999 musical, a posthumous exploration of the choreographic career of Bob Fosse, ran for 1,093 performances, winning four Tonys and 10 nominations; employing 32 dancers; […]

"Dance Is My Time For Make-Believe"

“I don’t wanna go to dance!” As a kid, these were my famous words. When packing into the car for the interminable ride to the studio, I would kick and scream so much that I earned the nickname “The Hornet.” I am so glad my parents put up with my sting, because looking back, it […]

How An ADHD Diagnosis Propelled My Confidence in Dance

To me, dancing is an opportunity to exist in an alternate reality. With my imagination moving galaxies per minute, there’s no telling what I will do, when or how—and that’s my escape from this world. It’s common for my mind to drift off and borrow ideas from a character in a Disney movie while performing […]

The Stars and Stories Hitting Broadway Stages This Year

The closing months of the 2016–17 season brought a glut of extraordinary music and dance to Broadway’s stages, and the superabundance has left 2017–18 looking a bit anemic. Partly it’s real estate—there are only so many Broadway theaters; in June, nearly three dozen were occupied. The only musical scheduled to open this summer was Prince […]

'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 […]

"Teaching Itself Is One Of The Greatest Teachers"

I have always felt a need to communicate and, even more importantly, to be understood. But as a child, I always hit an emotional wall when trying to speak. Although my great-aunt Rose had no connection to dance, she intuitively saw that I needed an outlet, and recommended that I take a movement class. It […]

Andy Blankenbuehler Brings His Choreographic Talents to Bandstand

It doesn’t look like your great-grandfather’s jitterbug. Yes, the year is 1945, and yes, the setting is a jazz club. But these swing dancers are in the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. The number, “Nobody,” is a paean to determination—”You know who tells me, ‘Stop’? Nobody.” The choreography begins as metaphor […]

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