The Producers: The Movie Musical
Almost 40 years after its original theatrical release, The Producers has returned to its roots on the big screen. Shot in NYC over a period of 60 days, the new movie musical sticks closely to the original formula with its elaborate costumes and production numbers. It also stars original Broadway headliners Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, and is choreographed and directed by Susan Stroman.
Stroman’s goal in translating her original Broadway choreography to film was “to maintain the comic elements of the numbers while presenting them in a way that was rich and grand,” she says. The film’s 300 dancers were pleased with her approach. “When you work in a setting where the director is also the choreographer, it’s amazing because a lot of directors don’t understand how dancing can portray and move along the storyline,” says dancer Joey Dowling. Dancer Sean van der Wilt shares Dowling’s admiration of Stroman’s approach to the jazz and tap choreography. “Susan was very particular in what she wanted, so we would do certain scenes over and over,” he says.
As a dancer in the Springtime for Hitler production number, van der Wilt worked hard to nail the precise, stiff movements of the Nazi storm trooper he portrayed. “I have a thrash funk style, so it was a challenge to pick up [this] style of character dancing,” he says.
The dancers’ efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Stroman. “The dancers are the backbone of any musical, and they make or break my musicals,” says Stroman, who was the chief honoree at this year’s Elan Awards in October.
As one of the holiday season’s most anticipated releases, the movie is almost assured bountiful box-office returns, but more than that, Dowling hopes the film will continue to create artistic opportunities for actors and dancers. “It’s great to see that Hollywood is getting a greater respect for films that feature song and dance,” she says.
Dance is a powerful form of expression, and Ahmad Joudeh is using its influence to promote peace.
The 27-year-old is a Palestinian refugee, whose decision to pursue his passion for ballet has made him the target of death threats from terrorist organizations. Despite the danger, Joudeh has decided to continue on his path as a dancer, using his performances as an opportunity to spread a message of peace and cultural awareness.
"Late Late Show" host James Corden was one of the many, many people shocked by President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender people from the military yesterday. And he decided to voice his outrage in the way most likely to rile a President who's uncomfortable with anything "un-manly": through a big, beautiful, extra-sparkly song-and-dance routine.
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.