Our First Hook into NBC's Peter Pan Live
Last December, NBC brightened our holiday season with The Sound of Music Live! featuring Carrie Underwood. Reviews may have been somewhat mixed (OK, so it tanked with the critics), but the fact remains: SOML! reached nearly 22 million viewers if you include DVR. People love a good musical.
Here at DS, we'd like to count ourselves among those people (huge surprise, I know). So we were thrilled to find out that the executive producers of the show—Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—are planning another live telecast musical for the 2014 Holiday Season. You guys, Peter Pan Live is coming to town.
On Sunday, NBC made the first casting announcement: Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook. Walken is no stranger to onscreen musical theater. He played John Travolta's husband in the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray and Gyp DeCarlo in the Clint Eastwood's recently released adaptation of Jersey Boys.
But here's the greatest part: This Captain Hook is gonna tap dance. We're not quite sure how that'll work out (sinister tap dancing? hmmm...), but we're pumped, nonetheless. And just in case you're worried Walken doesn't have the dancing chops to make it work, here's a little reassurance—EPIC-dance-supercut-style (courtesy Huffpost Entertainment).
In addition to training, competing and winning titles in just about every style you can think of, 13-year-old Kaylee Quinn is a regular on the sci-fi drama "Stitchers," playing the younger version of the show's main character. Her path in dance hasn't been without challenges, though. Last summer, Kaylee won the Hope Award at her regional Youth America Grand Prix, but wasn't sure she'd be able to compete at the NYC finals due to a broken foot. Patience paid off: With her doctor's blessing, Kaylee danced her variations in flat shoes and won the gold medal.
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.