(Photo by Joan Marcus/Matt Ross Public Relations/AP Photo)
Just last weekend, we raved about the high-fashion designs for the Rockettes in New York Spring Spectacular. We were psyched to see couture designers get inspired by a style of dance besides ballet. Whelp, folks, when it rains it pours. This week we were treated to an equally delicious array of high-fashion shots, modeled by the dancers of On the Town on Broadway.
For those of you who don't know the basic premise of this gloriously dance-filled musical, here's a brief summary: The plot centers on three American sailors during World War II, who have a 24-hour leave in NYC—and they each have very different ideas of how to spend their time. (They eventually agree on searching for the beautiful Megan Fairchild...I mean, Ivy Smith.)
So how would the story go if it took place in 2015, instead of 1944? That's the question that drove this high-fashion photo shoot. Photographer Matthew Murphy, art director Mitch Dean and stylist David Withrow captured a night out on the town in contemporary NYC.
OTT's (L to R) Clyde Alves in a button-down and longsleeve t-shirt by J Crew, Tony Yazbeck in a jacket by Raz Keren and a tank by Hugo Boss and Jay Armstrong Johnson in a button-down by Raz Keren (photo by Matthew Murphy)
OK, they were clearly going for a fantasy version of 2015 NYC nightlife, but we'd love to believe the dancers of OTT really dress like this on their nights off. Also, we're convinced they probably show of their high kicks at the bar(re)...
OTT's (L to R) Eloise Kropp, Tanya Birl, Holly Ann Butler and Lori Ann Ferreri (photo by Matthew Murphy)
...and that they make intelligent choices when it comes to interesting doorways (oh hey, Samantha Sturm, looking fab as always).
OTT's Samantha Sturm (photo by Matthew Murphy)
Scroll through the whole gallery here, then check out a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot below.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.