Donald Saddler, a dancer and choreographer whose career lasted more than 60 years and embraced opera, television, movies, ballet, and Broadway, where he won two Tony Awards, died on Saturday in Englewood, New Jersey, reported the New York Times. He was 96.
As creator of The Maria Project, a theatrical investigation into the 1931 murder of Maria Salazar by her husband, playwright Marcella Goheen took note when the National Domestic Violence Hotline experienced an 84 percent increase in calls after a video leaked in September of football player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator.
Think about the last time you saw a professional Broadway musical or dance concert. Did images appear and disappear right before your eyes? Not quite scenery, not exactly lighting, but pictures? Did they float and twist around as if by magic? Did these images transport you effortlessly from scene to scene?
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, an organization dedicated to the preservation of dance masterpieces from American musical-theater history, will give its first public performances November 11 to 16 at The Joyce Theater in New York City.
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, making its American debut at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, comes complete with a soundtrack of songs like “Do You Love Me” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” but don’t call it a musical.
A tap-dancing screenwriter and Mickey Rooney’s son are teaming up to produce an original film musical in the style and tradition of MGM’s legendary Freed Unit, named for movie musical producer Arthur Freed (Singin’ In The Rain, The Bandwagon, An American In Paris).
The winner of Season 11 So You Think You Can Dance will be offered a role in the Broadway revival of On The Town, set to open this fall. The show’s winner would join the cast in the spring of 2015, reported Broadway World.
A teenager from suburban Chicago who sang an aching Jason Robert Brown song and another from Georgia who chose to sing “Raise the Roof”—and almost did so—have won top honors at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, reported the Associated Press in KFVS 12 News.
The New York Times ArtsBeat blog reports that the hit Broadway musical Newsies will close on August 24 after two-and-a-half years of performances, Disney Theatrical Productions announced on Sunday.
Musical Theatre Awards of Los Angeles, to be held at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on June 1 in front of a custom backdrop painted by Grosh especially for the event.
Hollywood-based Grosh Backdrops and Drapery is helping to usher in the next generation of theater actors by sponsoring Broadway In Chicago’s second annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, April 25.
Warner Bros. Pictures is giving Busby Berkeley the biopic treatment, with Ryan Gosling circling to play the famous director and choreographer of musicals from Hollywood’s golden age, announced the Hollywood Reporter.
It was a stunt that Daniel Curry had performed many times before in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: plant himself firmly on a hydraulic lift in the pit beneath the stage, then remain steady as he rose a dozen feet to emerge for the start of Act II.
The producers of a newly announced revival of Gigi—a stage musical adapted from the Academy Award–winning movie—are hoping that Washington, DC, audiences remember it well.
Tiler Peck, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet since 2009, will play the title role in Little Dancer, the musical inspired by a famous Edgar Degas subject that will have its world premiere at the Kennedy Center a year from October, according to the Washington Post.
And the winner is . . . Les Miserables, apparently. The UK-based The Guardian reported that JemmThree.com, a radio station “24/7 devoted to show tunes,” asked listeners to vote for their favorite musical ever, and Boublil and Schönberg’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel was voted their favorite.
Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway’s After Midnight, a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem, reports the Washington Post.
One brought leading-man grace. One brought a little raunch. Together they left New York with the top National High School Musical Theater Awards, reported NPR News.
With Bring It On: The Musical snagging a Tony nomination for best musical and Pippin leading the revival parade with 10 nominations and four wins, flash—particularly in choreography—has caused the tap shoes of yesteryear’s chorines to yield to today’s barefooted gymnasts, reports Backstage.
Florida Southern College in Lakeland students will be able to study dance and learn choreography as part of a new musical theater major in a brand new dance building now under construction.
The 2012-2013 crop of musicals illustrates a disappointing trend on Broadway: dance is consistently undermined.
The City of Pittsburgh has designated January 1, 2013, as “Flashdance Day” in honor of the 1983 hit film and the new musical adaptation heading for Broadway.
The low-tech musical Once based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician and vacuum cleaner repairman in Dublin got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, reported the Associated Press.
“I can’t dance.”
I get that disclaimer all the time, from nervous actors and singers trying their best to discourage me from putting them into dance sequences. It is, itself, a little dance. I enjoy it, but it doesn’t work on me. They’ll be dancing soon.