Did that headline get your attention? Ballerina superstar Misty Copeland has landed a role in Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Nutcracker, called The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Now, we're not entirely sure what "live-action Nutcracker" means because, well, the live-action Nutcracker we know is onstage every December. But it sounds like this will be a non-dance version, with Copeland cast as the lead ballerina. In fact, she'll star in the film's only dance scene.
You probably know that The Nutcracker is based off of a story by German writer E.T.A. Hoffman. But you might not know that the original is...kind of dark. While we're bummed about the lack of Misty time, we're definitely excited to watch Disney run with this one. Copeland's prodigious acting talents are on display every time she dances a dramatic role, and she's already graced the big screen in the documentary A Ballerina's Tale. But this is a feature film, and will probably catapult her to even higher levels of stardom (as if chilling with the President and having a Barbie created in her likeness isn't enough. It isn't.). You go girl.
(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.