All We Ever Needed Was Robert Fairchild as Cassie from "A Chorus Line"
Robert Fairchild performing at MCC's 2018 "Miscast" gala (via @robbiefairchild on Instagram)
Well, here's irrefutable proof that we need to make the gender-bending A Chorus Line revival happen NOW.
If you're an aspiring Broadway baby, you're definitely aware of (and probably in awe of) the tour de force that is "The Music and the Mirror." Refresher course: Towards the end of A Chorus Line, a character named Cassie—older and more seasoned than her fellow auditionees—explains to Zach (a disembodied male voice running the audition) why she's trying out for the ensemble, even though Zach tells her she's "too good for the chorus." And by "explains," what we really mean is "belts her face off and dances like there's no tomorrow for a casual nine minutes straight."
On Monday night at MCC Theater's annual Miscast gala (which sees Great White Way greats performing songs from roles they'd never be cast in), former American in ParisRobert Fairchild took on this staggering challenge and totally conquered it. While we do have to admit that we kinda wish he'd danced in character shoes and Cassie's #iconic red leo/skirt combo, Mr. Fairchild absolutely would have made original choreographer Michael Bennett proud. And as it turns out, Fairchild was coached for the number by none other than Charlotte d'Amboise, the Tony-nominated Cassie from A Chorus Line's 2006 Broadway revival.
Until our dream of a gender-reversed A Chorus Line production comes true, you can watch the whole number below. Robbie, all we ever needed was the music, and the mirror, and the chaaaaaaance to daaaaaaaaance with yoooooooooou. 💕
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
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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.