With Karen Ziemba, Susan Stoman, Rebecca Luker and Kyle Harris – Little Dancer
Last week I spent doing a 29 hour reading of Little Dancer, a long-overdue musical of breathtaking beauty by Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Little Dancer now has a second production planned. This time for the 5th Ave Theater in Seattle, scheduled for the spring of 2019.
Tiler Peck – Little Dancer
I am going NUTS for the new music Kate Nash (Brit alt-rock icon and star of GLOW on Showtime) is writing for the character I play in an upcoming workshop of Andy Blankenbuehler’s new show, Only Gold. This workshop is going to be AMAZING and Kate plays a central role. Her score for Only Gold is thrilling. Rhythmically and melodically varied and fresh and her quirky lyrics add a modernity and urban specificity to the sound of the songs.
I have a huge talent crush for Ryan Steele, a standout in Newsies on Broadway. We worked together once before on Chris Gattelli’s In Your Arms, back in 2014. He is one of my favorite young triple threats and he has been cast as the young romantic lead, Jacque, in the Only Gold workshop.
Once again I get to partner the legendary Alessandra Ferri, prima ballerina assoluta, who played my wife in the choreographic lab we did back in 2013 and will again this summer. Acting and dancing beside Alessandra is a highlight of my career. Here’s a moment shot as we learnt this pas des deux. With Kate Nash singing live.
June is busting out all over for me. In the space of a week I got offered an Equity reading, an Equity workshop and audition requests by the directors of two summer shows, all slated for the same start date. As it turns out the reading and the workshop no longer overlap and I can do both. The first is another reading of the long-promised Susan Stroman directed, original musical, Little Dancer, with book and lyrics by Lyn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. The same show we premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2014, now with a revised book. Fingers crossed this beautiful production will one day be seen by New York audiences. The workshop is really exciting. It's a musical called Only Gold, conceived directed and choreographed by multi-Tony winner, Andy Blankenbuehler and a score by Kate Nash. She is the brilliant London-based alt-rocker who stars as "Brittannia" in the Netflix series Glow. We last workshopped this show back in 2013. Andy had a few little shows like Hamilton, Cats and Bandstand to get up in the interim. But now there appears to be a lot of energy focussed toward Only Gold, which I like to refer to as Andy's Opus. I get to play royalty in this show; an actual historical figure. A larger than life extrovert in mid-life crisis. Adding to this fun is the extraordinary pleasure of playing opposite, and partnering, prima ballerina assoluta, Alessandra Ferri, who plays my wife. The title prima ballerina assoluta is a rare honour, traditionally reserved only for the most exceptional dancers of their generation. More on this as it gets closer.