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Bob Fosse in the studio (courtesy Dance Magazine Archives)

It's important to know about the artists who paved the way for us—especially in the musical theater world, which has been driven from the beginning by charismatic dancers and choreographers whose work continues to inspire Broadway babies. If you're a Great White Way fan, you should get to know these legendary artists, some of whom are still making moves.

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The OBC of Hamilton (photo by Joan Marcus)

PBS has released the 2017–2018 schedule for their Great Performances series of special, one-off TV events, and we think you'll want to sit up and take note—Hamilton and Cabaret and Holiday Inn, oh my! To make your appointment-viewing choices a little easier, we rounded up all of the danciest picks from the coming season. PBS = Perfect Broadway Spectacular. (Okay, we wish!)

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Dancer to Dancer
Lucas Chilczuk

Broadway baby Eloise Kropp is living the dream. After making her Great White Way debut in the ensemble of On the Town in 2014 and landing a leading role in 2015's Dames at Sea, she's now in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved CATS. As Jennyanydots, the cat who lounges in sunbeams all day but comes alive at night, 25-year-old Kropp brings an irrepressibly bubbly spirit to the production's only tap number. Watching her in action, there's no question that she was born to wear tap shoes. "I never imagined being a tapper on Broadway," she says, "but the timing has been so serendipitous. Tap has really made a comeback in musical theater. It makes me so happy to see other people loving it as much as I do."

Kropp's journey from student to rising star wasn't always easy. After leaving college early for an opportunity that didn't pan out, she spent a year and a half auditioning, doing regional gigs and taking on odd jobs before booking On the Town. She's learned firsthand that in the Broadway world, perseverance pays off.

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Ah, the musical theater dance call. A godsend to those of us who consider ourselves Dancers-with-a-capital-D, the dance portion of any musical-theater audition also has its fair share of ridiculous, frustrating and just plain what-the-heck moments.

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If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.

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Britney Spears in Britney: Piece of Me (Caesars Entertainment)

Hold on to your crop tops: It sounds like Broadway might be getting a piece of Britney. EEE!

Well, not Ms. Spears herself, or at least not that we know of. But Forbes recently reported that Brit's managers met with Broadway veteran Jerry Mitchell to discuss making a jukebox musical out of her epic song catalog.

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Dance News

Backstage at BroadwayCon 2017, Hamilton's Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler told DS all about his new Broadway show Bandstand, which starts previews March 31. Set in 1945, Bandstand follows a ragtag group of just-returned World War II veterans forming—what else?—a swing band, so they can enter a national talent contest. Whether you're a longtime Hamilfan or just dream of dancing for a top Broadway choreographer like Blankenbuehler, trust us: this exclusive Q&A is major motivation.

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You know how we've been teased, over and over again, with the promise of a Mean Girls musical? It happened back in 2013, prompting us to do some very aggressive Photoshopping. It happened earlier this year, when Queen Tina Fey herself talked vaguely about working on the project.

But now we have cold, hard evidence. We have beyond-a-reasonable-doubt proof. We have confirmation, via an official (blue-checkmarked and everything!) Twitter account, that our dreams are about to come true:

The Mean Girls musical is coming to Washington, DC in the fall of 2017.

WE KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME. IT'S LIKE WE HAVE ESPN OR SOMETHING.

(I have a powerful urge to just word vomit Mean Girls quotes at you right now, guys. Hold me back.)

We don't yet know the theater, or the exact premiere date, or the choreographer, or anything about the cast (although there's already been plenty of speculation about who'd make the perfect Regina George.)

But we do know that this is going to be incredibly major. How major? THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. (#sorrynotsorry)

We'll be wearing pink every Wednesday from here on out in anticipation, and we're going to pretend like that's a new thing and not just a thing we've done every Wednesday since 2004.

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