“Another reason the [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory] should interest local audiences is that it features the choreography of Joshua Bergasse. Summer theater fans should be familiar with Bergasse’s talent from his work at Barrington Stage Company.
Overall, he describes the choreography in Chocolate Factory as ‘diverse. No two numbers are alike,’ he says. He explains that the young girl Veruca is now a budding ballerina, which provides for some classically influenced dance. Augustus is from Bavaria which lends itself to an ethnic-influenced number and Violet is a YouTube pop singer – enough said.”
“New York City Center continues its 2019 Encores! series with Rodgers and Hart’s I Married an Angel, running March 20–24 as part of the midtown venue’s 75th anniversary season. Among those joining the previously announced Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet in the title role are Tony winner Nikki M. James, Mark Evans, and Ann Harada.
Director and choreographer (and Mearns’ fiancé) Joshua Bergasse leads a creative team that includes music director Rob Fisher. The 1938 musical comedy, which originally featured choreography by George Balanchine (before he went on to lead New York City Ballet at City Center), follows Call Me Madam in Encores!’ current lineup. High Button Shoes will follow in May.”
“Fiasco Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company celebrate the official opening of the Off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along February 19. Following Fiasco’s Into the Woods, the resident company brings its signature ensemble style and imagination to the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical about a trio of showbiz friends who come together and fall apart over several years.
Merrily We Roll Along plays in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Performances began January 12 and are scheduled to continue through April 7. The production features choreography by Lorin Latarro, and music direction and orchestrations by Alexander Gemignani.”
“Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab, in association with LaVie Productions, will present staged readings of Victory Train, a new musical, with book, music and lyrics by David Buskin and Jake Holmes. Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett with music direction by Doug Katsaros, the readings will be held on Monday, March 4 at 6pm and Tuesday, March 5 at 1pm & 5pm at Ripley-Grier Studios – Room 17E (520 Eighth Avenue – between 36th/37th Streets). For reservations, email [email protected] For more information, please call 212-563-2565.
In Victory Train, we find a country torn apart by social upheaval and the escalating war in Vietnam where two young people try to reach across their differences to find love and honor… however, it may take them 40 years.”
“Up next was Mozartiana, a jubilant piece that begins with the lead ballerina dancing with four very talented School of American Ballet students. Led by Sara Mearns, the group of five performed in earnest, focusing on their fancy footwork. Because she is known for her penchant for the dramatic in both movement and expression, it was a joy to see Mearns perform with breezy lightness and a smile. This infectious quality increased when Russell Janzen appeared. The duo danced as two pieces of a puzzle, working together to complete Balanchine’s intricate and delicate choreography. It was delightful.”
“Now entering its 28th year, Broadway Theatre Project (BTP) announces Ben Vereen will rejoin the visiting faculty team in 2019. During the 28 years BTP has been educating young artists, Ben has served in a variety of capacities: as a Master Artist, Artistic Advisor to the Project, and Co-Artistic Director. BTP’s faculty members in 2019 include dancers and choreographers, vocal technique teachers as well as coaches, directors, playwrights, casting directors, and talent agents and an award winning photographer. The 2019 Summer Apprenticeship program is being held June 23-July 14 on the campus of the University of South Florida.”
“To commemorate its 20th anniversary, Feinstein’s/54 Below is bringing back, for one night only, the influential rock musical, Bright Lights, Big City.
Bright Lights, Big City is based on the novel by Jay McInerney, and follows a week in the life of Jamie, a successful young writer who loses himself in the chaos of 1980s New York City. It was written by Paul Scott Goodman, the first solo recipient of the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award. The musical originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1999 at New York Theatre Workshop and went on to a celebrated concept recording, London production, and various concert productions.”
“A Streetcar Named Desire, Evita, Into the Breeches!, and Red Scare on Sunset are the shows most nominated for the 2019 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, which honor excellence on local stages.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ musical Evita also received 11 nods, including outstanding actress (Michelle Aravena), actor (Pepe Nufrio), supporting actor (Sean MacLaughlin), director (Rob Ruggiero), ensemble and production.”