It’s no secret I love dance musicals.
I like dancing!
I like dancers.
I am—or, more accurately, was—a dancer. So the chance to work on this century’s most challenging new dance musical was, for me, irresistible.
Certainly, there were other reasons I wanted to work on this show: its heartwarming story and its message about workers’ rights (I am after all a former Union President). But, at the end of the day, it was the dance and the dancers.
Making up choreography is hard. It’s a slow process and when creating a big show like Newsies, it takes a lot of time to make up the steps, put together the patterns, and get the counts right—all the while making sure that no one is crashing into one another or the scenery! So it really is about the dancers. Please take an extra moment to check them out. They’re hard to miss because they’re extraordinary: they fly, and float, and turn, and glide, they defy gravity and physics; they make my heart stop from time to time. Maybe they make me a little jealous too. If I could still float, and fly, and spin like that… They are very special young men. Some of them might become stars, but all of them will make audience members stare in awe at their skill. They don’t get thanked enough in this world, where I fear their immeasurable talent is often taken for granted.
So to Davis, Jordan, Tade, Joe, Myles, Lance, Matt, Scott, John, Izzy, Tomas, Ross, Patrick, and Jesse, thank you.
And thanks to all of you for being here and have a very Happy Holiday Season.
This production is sponsored by:
The Wanda and Carvel Mattsson Memorial Fund