"Little Dancer" Gets Another Run (and a New Title)
Tiler Peck in "Little Dancer" at the Kennedy Center (Matt Karas, courtesy 5th Avenue Theatre)
Remember Little Dancer, the musical starring Tiler Peck and inspired by Edgar Degas' sculpture of the same name? After a 2014 run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the creative team did some major reworking of the material, and now the show is making its West Coast premiere. The revamped production opens at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre tonight, now under the name Marie, Dancing Still.
Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the new incarnation features Tiler Peck back in the lead role of the young Paris Opéra Ballet dancer who posed for the famous sculpture, and Tony nominee Terrence Mann as Degas. As the title suggests, this version promises an increased focus on the character of Marie herself, and on telling her story. Here's hoping that means even more ballet.
Tiler Peck and Terrence Mann on Marie, Dancing Still at The 5th Avenue Theatre
A version of this story appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Little Dancer Gets Another Run."
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
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