DSL NewsWire: Ballet Choreographer Wheeldon Just a Musical Theater Geek at Heart

An American in Paris; photo by Angela Sterling

When Christopher Wheeldon was growing up in England, as the only child of parents involved in amateur theater, he amused himself by building stage sets in his bedroom. The one he liked best was inspired by Starlight Express, with toy car tracks re-creating the whirling pathways of the 1980s roller-skating rock musical.

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DSL NewsWire: Parisian Audiences Defy Critics by Showing Love to American Musicals

Singin’ in the Rain; photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

American musicals were rarely performed in France in the past, but have been a huge hit in recent years, reported NPR.

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DSL NewsWire: Illinois Actors and Actresses Sought for National Awards Competition

National High School Musical Theater Awards; photo courtesy Facebook

Applications are due April 15 for schools and students from the state of Illinois wishing to be considered for the fourth annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, to be held June 1 at the Broadway Playhouse at Chicago’s Water Tower Place.

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DSL NewsWire: Tale of NBA’s First Senior Hip-Hop Team To Be Told in New Musical

Gotta Dance, a new stage musical based on the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary of the same name, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre beginning December 13, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

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To-Be Broadway Singers/Actors Get a Confidence Boost From Online Dance Course

To look at the casts of Broadway’s many musicals, one would think that the New York theater community is populated by a limitless number of triple threats—that is, performers who can act, sing, and dance.

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Christopher “Captain Hook” Walken Just a Good Old Song-And-Dance Man

“Who is the greatest villain of all time?” demands Christopher Walken appearing tonight (December 4) as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live!, a production of the beloved musical being broadcast on NBC.

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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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Newsies to Close in August

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.

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Backdrop Company Grosh Supports High School Musical Theater Students

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.

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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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Ryan Gosling Attached to Film Biopic of Choreographic Legend Busby Berkeley

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.

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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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Latest Attempt to Bring Gigi to the Stage Set to Debut in Washington DC in 2015

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.

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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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TV’s Dule Hill Returns to Broadway in Musical Celebrating Duke Ellington

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.

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High School Musical Performers Duke it Out for Top Honors at the Jimmy’s

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.

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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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New Dance Studio, Musical Theater Major, On Tap at Florida Southern College

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.

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Great Dance Moments Distinctly Missing in 2012-2013 Broadway Musicals

The 2012-2013 crop of musicals illustrates a disappointing trend on Broadway: dance is consistently undermined.

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Pittsburgh Gets That Flashdance Feeling as Stage Adaptation Nears Opening

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.

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Low-Tech Musical ‘Once’ Leads Tony Award Nominations with 11

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.

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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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