“Now, Mr. Bergasse, 46, is creating new moves for his Angel, Ms. Mearns, 33, who is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, the company that Balanchine formed, with Lincoln Kirstein, in 1948. In the show, an Angel comes down from heaven, marries a mortal — Count Willy Palaffi (Mark Evans) — and loses her wings.
It’s a part made for Ms. Mearns who, as it happens is not only beautiful, but also funny — smart and daffy in a Carole Lombard kind of way, with a rich, meaty speaking voice. When Mr. Bergasse choreographed the Broadway musical “On the Town,” he created the “Lonely Town” pas de deux on her. (She filled in at the last minute for one performance.) But this is the couple’s biggest project together so far, and Ms. Mearns’s first speaking role.”
“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.”
“The spectacular new musical Roald Dahl‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory begins on stage tomorrow, 5 January, at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, ahead of the official Opening Night on Friday 11 January.
‘This is such a wonderful story for generations to share,’ added John Frost, producer. ‘Parents love sharing their favourite Willy Wonka film from their childhood with the whole family, and grandparents love taking their grandkids. We have an amazing cast bringing this story to life.'”
“Sara Ann Mearns and Joshua Alexandre Bergasse were married Nov. 3 in Sunset Beach, N.C. Harvey Weiss, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated on the beach.”
“This week the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is voting on the final award list in preparation for the Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA. The Royal Family of Broadway directed by Joshua Bergasse is nominated for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Choreography.”
“Like much of the musical directed by Jack O’Brien, the Oompa Loompas are really funny, really disturbing and really good dancers. Creating dances for humans is hard enough. Coming up with a full-bore tap number for puppets? Credit choreographer Joshua Bergasse for ably managing both.”
Get ready to rock with Leiber & Stoller’s “Ruby Baby!” Previously recorded by such legendary acts as The Drifters, Elvis Presley, and The Beach Boys, the revival’s soulful take on this hit song features Max Sangerman, along with members of the cast and band of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, jamming out together at Stage 42.
“The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host Celebrating Jerome Robbins: From Street to Stage, a look at the legacy of the famed choreographer, on August 9 at the Intrepid Museum located at Pier 86. Tony Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse will present a live performance of the opening of On the Town on Intrepid’s flight deck, staged specifically for the unique setting.”