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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Yes we can-can-can see Moulin Rouge! on Broadway—maybe!
The world just found out that a musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's fabulously over-the-top film is in the works. Which is excellent news for anyone who loves jukebox musicals, or 19th-century Paris, or spectacular sets and costumes, or (most importantly) HUUUUGE dance numbers.
The production is still in its infancy, so we don't know much about it, beyond the fact that Alex Timbers has been tapped to direct and John Logan will handle the script. But while there may not be a choreographer attached just yet (John O'Connell, who also worked on Luhrmann's 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, choreographed the movie version), it's safe to assume that this show is going to involve some spectacular dancing. Remember the film's dramatic "Roxane" tango? Its circusy "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number? Its marvelously manic can can medley? Every five minutes there's a dance-friendly scene that's pretty much tailor-made for the stage. (Little-known fact: The movie choreo was so intense that star Nicole Kidman actually fractured two ribs and injured her knee while rehearsing a dance number. Yeeps!)
Here's hoping Moulin Rouge! makes its way to the Great White Way eventually—we'll keep you posted as we hear more. In the meantime, we obviously need to talk fantasy casting. Idina Menzel as Satine, anyone?
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Do you still sing along to the Frozen soundtrack every morning? Is Elsa's ice-princess dress featured prominently on your prom Pinterest board? Would you maybe consider naming your first-born son Kristoff? Do you get excited when the Weather Channel gives a winter storm a scary-sounding name, because that means you'll probably be able to BUILD A SNOWMAAAAAAN?
It may be three years since the hit movie's release, but there's no need to let your Frozen obsession go yet, friends—because Elsa and Anna and Kristoff and Olaf are officially coming to Broadway.
Here are the details: This week, Disney announced that a musical-theater adaptation of Frozen would make its way to a non-NYC theater in the summer of 2017, and arrive on the Great White Way itself in the spring of 2018. The show will feature the same writers as the film—plus choreography by Peter Darling, the genius behind Billy Elliot and Matilda the Musical. Which means this is going to be one dancetastic Broadway snowscape.
No word yet on whether Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, who voiced Elsa and Anna (respectively) in the film, will be cast as their animated doppelgangers. But let's dream about that for a second, shall we? The lovely people at Buzzfeed have even given us a peek at what the Menzel/Bell dream team might look like in character:
[Never] let it go, [NEVER] LET IT GOOOOOO!