Watch a Broadway cast sing and dance along to the classic tune “Anything Goes” and you’ll never forget it. Anything Goes first opened on the Great White Way in 1934 and has since been hailed as an iconic, all-American production. Now, Broadway veteran Kathleen Marshall is directing and choreographing the musical as it returns to NYC this month.
The show, which this time stars Broadway sweetheart Sutton Foster, tells the story of two unlikely couples on board the S.S. American as it heads out to sea. They sing and dance their way to true love—though of course there are plot twists, adventures in blackmail and bad-boy sailors. DS chatted with some of the cast members during rehearsals to find out why they’re thrilled to be onboard the fabulous fictional cruise ship.
Dance Spirit: What are you most excited about in Anything Goes?
“Working with a cast that’s so diverse in age and background. I think it brings both authenticity and freshness to the show.” —Clyde Alves
“To have the honor and pleasure to reinvent an American masterpiece, under the navigation of Kathleen Marshall, is a privilege. Then getting to perform to music by Cole Porter every night—it doesn’t get better than that!” —Joyce Chittick
“I’m excited to be working with this wonderful cast, including Sutton Foster and the legendary Joel Grey. Not only do I get to perform every night as an angel, this is also my first time serving as a dance captain. I feel blessed to be able to continue to do what I love—perform on Broadway—in a show that truly defines the genre.” —Jennifer Savelli
“I’m most excited about the dancing. Nothing is more iconic Broadway than the ‘Anything Goes’ number at the end of Act One.” —Adam Perry
“Anything Goes is the quintessential feel-good musical from America’s heyday. I’m thrilled to be making my Broadway debut in this show (dreams do come true!) and to have the privilege of working with Kathleen Marshall and a ridiculously talented cast and crew.” —Kimberly Fauré
Anything Goes opens at NYC’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre on April 7.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: