Fourteen years ago I was part of a workshop of a new dance musical that was put together in the rehearsal room of Lincoln Center Theater. The experience was magical and the show, Contact, went on to open later the same year to rave reviews, a Broadway transfer and 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Today, another musical that started with a workshop in that same rehearsal room at LCT, Little Dancer, has just been announced for a late 2014 premiere at The Kennedy Center. I have been part of the development of this show for a couple of years and am thrilled for all the creatives involved. Of course I hope to be there in DC, too. Time will tell.
Last week I enjoyed one of the most stimulating experiences of my career. (It just keeps getting better.) A developmental workshop of Andy Blankenbuehler’s fantastic piece Only Gold. This dance musical is simply genius. Andy is onto something very, very special with this show and I am so honored (and proud of my good mate!) to have been a part of it and to have shared that time with a brilliant assortment of acting dancers. We never know where our careers will lead, but had you told me I would be dancing with prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri someday, I’d have scoffed. Yet that is exactly what I have been doing the last month. Here she is with Sting.
Next up for me is a workshop of Ever After, directed by Kathleen Marshall.