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.
So You Think You Can Dance season nine standout Cole Horibe will star as martial arts legend Bruce Lee in the new biographical play Kung Fu, written by Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.
Writer/director Tina Satter uses the setting of a small-town tap dance studio to frame the desires of individuals looking for larger meaning in tap dance and, indirectly, each other in a new production, House of Dance, being presented off-Broadway at the Abrons Arts Center October 23 to November 9.
Mikhail Baryshnikov is back on stage, this time acting alongside actor Willem Dafoe in a play based on an absurd Russian novella.
OK, so you own a dance studio. For your classes you use recordings or have a pianist playing various musical scores. Some of those songwriters or composers might include, say, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, John Lennon, Beyoncé, Neil Diamond, or Gloria Estefan. And artists like these have written some of the millions of song titles and compositions from the last century, including such diverse genres as Broadway show tunes, R&B, rap, rock, hip-hop, classical, Latin, New Age, country, gospel, Christian, and pop. And during the school year, chances are you have recitals and performances that utilize these musical selections.