Hugh Jackman Will Star in "The Music Man" on Broadway
Hugh Jackman in a still from The Greatest Showman (photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)
Is it October 2020 yet?
Playbill just announced that next year, a revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man will hit the Great White Way, starring everyone's favorite Hollywood/Broadway song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman as the show's titular charming con man Harold Hill. Given Jackman's star turn as razzle-dazzle impresario P.T. Barnum in last year's The Greatest Showman (aka all we could talk about here at DS for basically all of last winter), this is such an obvious casting choice that we're low-key embarrassed we didn't think of it ourselves.
I mean, check out the super-smooth moves on Wolverine.
This revival (the first on Broadway since the 2000 production that Susan Stroman directed and choreographed) will reunite the major players that made the recent Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! such a delightful slice of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Americana: Jerry Zaks will direct, and Warren Carlyle (currently putting the moves on Kiss, Me Kate) will choreograph.
No other casting has yet been announced, so that means we can do plenty of speculating about who we think should fill the uber-dancy roles available in River City, IA. Being cast in this production carries serious a-star-is-born potential: Travis Wall, Clyde Alves, Tiler Peck, and Cameron Adams all appeared in the last revival as teens, and have obviously since gone on to #major careers.
Our picks as of now for the choreo-heavy roles of teenage sweethearts Tommy Djilas and Zaneeta Shinn? We'd love to see the ballet-to-Broadway trend continue with New York City Ballet corps de ballet standout Andres Zuniga as Tommy...
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: