16 days until this year's Tony Awards!
We can hardly wait, so we've been making some predictions to pass the time. Sure, we've spent some time debating which nominee will take home the Tony for our favorite category, Best Choreography. (Will it be Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, Aladdin, or After Midnight???) But what we really care about is the ceremony itself. I mean, no one knows how to put on a spectacular awards show quite like a room full of Broadway's brightest. We're dying to know: Who's gonna open the ceremony? What excerpts will the nominated shows choose to perform? What other celebs can we expect to see up on that stage?
Well just this morning, Michael Riedel of The New York Post filled us in on some of the deets:
After Midnight will open the show—a coveted honor.
Virgil "Lil' O" Gadson (center) and Karine Plantadit (right) dance it out in After Midnight (photo by Matthew Murphy)
Jessie Mueller of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will perform a song from the musical. (Hopeful rumors suggest Carole King will join her.)
Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (photo by AP)
And Sting will preview a couple of songs from his upcoming musical The Last Ship.
(Photo by Frank Ockenfels)
We still have so many questions, though. Most importantly, will we get to see "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin? (Please, Disney, please!)
Make sure to tune in to the 68th Annual Tony Awards—airing June 8 on CBS at 8pm EST—to see what other surprises are in store.
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.