On Sunday evening, you will find me curled up on my couch, eyes glued to the TV screen, demanding that anyone in my vicinity, "Please be quiet!"
Oh yes: It's Tony Awards time.
The Tony's are my favorite. I don't care about the red carpet, I don't care about who's wearing diamonds from which fancy jeweler — I care about the performances. And this year, I care about the host, the hilariously entertaining and always-on-his-toes Neil Patrick Harris.
It's guaranteed to be a good show since Harris has proven himself a superstar host. But I'm especially excited about one performance in particular: the Newsies. I'd like to see Newsies take home all the top awards this year because it's my favorite show right now. Once is another top contender in the Best Musical category, so be sure to check back here Monday morning for the full list of winners.
Until then, I'll be singing "Seize the Day" at the top of my lungs. You're welcome, coworkers.
In the spirit of the Tony Awards — and the fact that we just sent our July/August Broadway issue to the printer — I asked the DS staff to share their favorite Broadway songs.
Now, just for you, here's Dance Spirit's Ultimate Broadway Playlist...
- "So Much Better" from Legally Blonde: The Musical
- "96,000" from In the Heights
- "Defying Gravity" from Wicked
- "Seize the Day" from Newsies
- "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray
- "One" from A Chorus Line
- "Seasons of Love" from RENT ("Classic.")
- "Somewhere" from West Side Story
- "I Believe" and "Tomorrow is a Latter Day" from The Book of Mormon
RACHEL'S "OhmygodIlovemusicals" FAVORITES:
- "La Vie Boheme" and "Take Me or Leave Me" from RENT
- "Dance Ten, Looks Three" and "Nothing" from A Chorus Line
- "We Both Reached For the Gun" from Chicago
- "The Circle of Life" and "I Just Can't Wait to be King" from The Lion King ("Anything Disney automatically jumps to the top of most of my playlists. There's nothing better on road trips.")
- "America" from West Side Story ("Best dance number ever.")
- "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot
- "If I Loved You" from Carousel
- "For Good" from Wicked
- "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables ("I cry like a baby every time I hear it")
- "Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain
- "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line
- "Fugue for Tinhorns" and "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls
- "The entire Rock of Ages soundtrack." Specifically "Don't Stop Believin'. "
- "Steal Your Rock 'N' Roll" from Memphis
(Oh, and if you're like us and you're Newsies-obsessed, you may kind of love our upcoming July/August issue. Just saying...)
And don't forget to tune in to the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 10, at 8 pm on CBS.
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.