Choreographing a Broadway show is a dream for many. Of course, it takes years of hard work, determination, and drive to make it to the Great White Way. But here are 6 choreographers we think are more than worthy of having their name on a Broadway marquee.
We know Al Blackstone well from all the times he's choreographed Broadway jazz on "So You Think You Can Dance." Obviously, he has the chops to pull off a big musical—and he has been doing a lot of theater lately, so we wouldn't be surprised if he made his Broadway debut soon!
Mandy Moore can literally do anything. We'd love to see what kinds of fresh ideas she'd bring to a Great White Way stage—and hey, if they bring La La Land to Broadway, that dream could actually come true quite soon!
We've seen Tyce Diorio choreograph Broadway and jazz numbers on "SYTYCD" many times before, and he even auditioned for some Broadway shows back in the day (peep his A Chorus Line audition in the documentary Every Little Step). We think the time has come for him to choreograph the next Broadway sensation.
This list wouldn't be complete without the fabulous Stacey Tookey, who can tell a story through dance better than just about anybody. This powerhouse woman deserves to choreograph a Broadway show and TBH, we all deserve to see that.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.