Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
The beloved classic My Fair Lady heads to Lincoln Center Theater this month with new choreography by Newsies icon Christopher Gattelli. My Fair Lady follows the story of working-class girl Eliza Doolittle, whom professor Henry Higgins is determined to transform into a real society lady. The show premiered on Broadway in 1956, starring Julie Andrews. It went on to win six Tony Awards and became the longest-running musical at that time. "We're trying to stay as close to naturalism and realism with the dancing as possible," says Gattelli. "So, there will be lots of traditional ballroom, Viennese, etc. But it'll get more down and dirty in numbers like 'Get Me to the Church on Time,' which has a little bit of dancehall to it." Head to lct.org for ticket info.
A version of this story appeared in the March 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Buzzy Broadway News."
Dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins was undeniably one of the most important figures in American dance—and he would have been 100 years old this year. In honor of Robbins' centenary, here are a few things you should know about the legend.
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Modeled by Kirsten Coco, Zuri Ford, Imani Moss, and Riana Pellicane-Hart, who are students in the department of dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
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Former comp star Kali Grinder's stellar stage presence and graceful lines have served her well in her new life as a Broadway baby. She performed in Wicked on Broadway for one year, appeared on the show's national tour, and was a Rockette during The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Currently, she's an ensemble dancer in the new musical Frozen. A Las Vegas, NV, native, Grinder started training at The Dance Zone at age 6. She briefly studied dance at Point Park University before heading to NYC to pursue her dreams. Catch her dancing with Anna and Elsa this month during the show's previews—and read on for the dirt!
Once a Broadway show officially opens, most choreographers direct their attention to a new project, and in high school productions, frequently the choreographer can't be present during the entire rehearsal process. That's where the dance captain comes in: Their job is to maintain the integrity of a show's choreo as originally set by the choreographer. "I'm always very careful about who our dance captains are because they're representing me," says choreographer and director Rob Marshall, known for the 2014 Cabaret revival and the 2002 Chicago film.
Working as a dance captain can seriously pay off career-wise. "It's a wonderful job because you learn how to run a show after the director and choreographer leave," Marshall says. "It's a really important position, especially if you're interested in something further in the directorial or choreographic world."
So, what are the steps to dance captain success? We asked pros from across Broadway to weigh in.
Everyone's favorite animated Disney movie—starring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and, of course, "Let It Go"—is headed to the stage. Frozen begins previews this month at Broadway's St. James Theatre and will officially open in March. The good news? It'll feature all of your favorite movie moments. The even better news? There'll be tons more dancing in the show than in the film, thanks to choreographer Rob Ashford (of Thoroughly Modern Millie, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and live television events "The Sound of Music Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!" fame). Dance Spirit spoke to Ashford to get all the cool details.
Frozen begins previews February 22nd and opens March 22nd.
Dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins was undeniably one of the most important figures in American dance. He gifted the dance world with iconic ballets, including Dances at a Gathering, The Cage, The Gershwin Concerto, and New York Export: Opus Jazz, while simultaneously directing and choreographing some of Broadway's biggest hits, including On the Town, The King and I, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. October 11, 2018, marks what would have been Robbins' 100th birthday, and ballet companies are pulling out all the stops to celebrate throughout the year.