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Photo Flash: First Look at Tiler Peck in Title Role of Kennedy Center's LITTLE DANCER

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The Kennedy Center just released a photo of Tiler Peck in the title role of Little Dancer and you can check it out below! The costuming and pose reflect that of Edgar Degas' masterpiece, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, which may be viewed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The Gallery will mount a special exhibition of the statue beginning October 5 in conjunction with the musical.

Performances for the Kennedy Center world premiere musical begin October 25 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater and the official press night is Thursday, November 20. The production features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty, and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Along with Tiler Peck as the young Marie van Goethem, the musical will star four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines as Edgar Degas and three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker as the adult Marie van Goethem.

Part fact, part fiction, and set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, Little Dancer is inspired by the young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Torn by her family's poverty, her debt to the artist and the lure of wealthy men, Marie struggles to keep her place in the ballet corps -- a girl on the verge of womanhood, caught between the conflicting demands of life and art.

The creative team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Kai Harada, and music supervision by David Loud. Shawn Gough will conduct the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Complete casting will be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now to Kennedy Center Members; tickets go on sale to the general public August 6.

Photo Credit: Matthew Karas

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Photo Flash: First Look at Tiler Peck in Title Role of Kennedy Center's LITTLE DANCER
Tiler Peck as the Little Dancer

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