From Ballet to Broadway, Donald Saddler Had All The Right Moves

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.

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Savion Glover Performance Interprets Story of Domestic Abuse Victim

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.

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October 2014 | Magic Touch

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?

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Classic Musical-Theater Routines Come Alive Again at the Joyce Theater

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.

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Story of Johnny and Baby Comes Complete with Familiar Soundtrack

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.

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New Film Musical Remembers the Good Old Days of MGM Musicals

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).

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SYTYCD Winner To Step Out “On The Town” In Broadway Revival of 1944 Musical

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.

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Two Winners Chosen From 60,000 High School–Aged Musical Theater ‘Geeks’

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.

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Grosh Backdrops Lends Support to High School Musical-Theater Performers, Productions

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.

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Injured Spider-Man Performer Files Negligence Suit against Broadway Show

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.

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NYCB’s Tiler Peck Wins Lead Role in New Musical about Degas’ Little Dancer

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.

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UK Radio Listeners Deem Les Miserables Favorite Musical

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.

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Broadway Choreographers Flip Out Over Actors with Gymnastics Skill Sets

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.

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No, Your Other Left Foot

“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.

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