This week, Pippin opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. With book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus. This production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 doigts de la main. Gypsy Snider helmed the circus creation and choreography is by Chet Walker.
This is the first Broadway revival of Pippin since the Tony Award winning original production directed by Bob Fosse and starring Ben Vereen - which opened in 1972.
The cast features Matthew James Thomas, Patina Miller, Andrea Martin, Rachel Bay Jones, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise.
Tony Award nominee, Charlotte d’Amboise plays Fastrada - her other Broadway credits include Chicago, A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Contact, Company, Carrie, Song & Dance, and CATS. She is also the co-founder (with husband Terrence Mann) of a Musical Theatre Intensive called Triple Arts.
On Saturday, March 23rd at 8PM, Ulster Ballet Company will present the 30th Annual Festival of Dance, to be held at Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, NY. Since 1983, the festival has showcased professional dancers and choreographers with a diverse range of styles and techniques.
In celebration of the Festival’s 30th year, UBC will offer a very cool line up of innovative dancing that spans cultures and generations, in styles that include modern, tango, contemporary, ballet, swing, hip hop, ballroom, lindy, jazz, modern Irish and Armenian.
The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York will host “Strike Dance, and Rise” tomorrow from noon to 8pm. The event includes dancing, sharing and drumming to raise awareness about violence against women – and that is only one of the important events they are working on this month. Here to tell us more is Ruby Whitney from the National Museum of Dance joins us to tell us more.
As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, Paco Peña, has transformed perceptions of this Flamenco Spanish art form. His company of musicians and dancers has been dazzling audiences for decades.
The Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company will perform at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY on January 20th.
The Jamal Jackson Dance Company will be performing at PS21 in Chatham this weekend. The company will be performing “Footprints from my Heart’s Rhythm” on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Jamal Jackson joins us in Studio A.
Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to The Mahaiwe for its fifth consecutive summer this week and one of the pieces the troupe will perform is entitled Gossamer Gallants which uses movement inspired by insects like those found in AmyStewart's bestselling book, Wicked Bugs.
The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs is the only museum in the country dedicated solely to dance. They have a lot of great events coming up – including their annual gala on August 11th during which Ben Vereen will be inducted as their 48th inductee into the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame.We learn more from Donna Skiff (Director of the National Museum of Dance) and Sarah Hall Weaver (Assistant Director and Curator).