SYTYCD Winner to be offered role in On the Town

showtuna
Swing
joined:2/18/13
Not sure if anyone has already posted about this (if so I apologize I checked but couldn't find another thread), but it was announced that whoever wins this season of So You Think You Can Dance will be offered a role in On the Town. Not sure if by a "role" they just mean they'll join the chorus, or how long the winner will stay with the production, or other details, but I think it's an interesting concept that could work really well. Any thoughts?


Updated On: 7/3/14 at 10:34 AM
skylight2
Understudy
joined:6/13/14
Spring 2015? Can On The Town last that long?
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
Okay so now I have to quickly start dance lessons, get on that show, win it, and hope Tony's still in the show when I join the cast.

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Tag
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One of the prizes years ago was an offer to join Celine Dion's Vegas show A New Day for a year long contract but the winner turned it down.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
They must mean an "ensemble" role. Who they gonna can?
showtuna
Swing
joined:2/18/13
I also wonder if there's some sort of clause where they can always decide the winner isn't up to par, and refuse to cast them.
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
I'm sure the winner will never hit the Lyric stage, either because they refuse it or the show closes by the time they would join it. But it's fantastic publicity to be able to say every week it's part of the prize pack, so a really smart idea.


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RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Well, Newsies is (was?) keeping those "So You Think You Can Dance" people employed. Maybe "On The Town" will be the new show? Although from the balcony of the Lyric I don't think anyone is going to be able to tell anyone apart.
dreaming
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joined:4/24/09
I'm betting they won't be able to sell the balcony. (I wonder if they'll close it.) That theater is really huge.
RippedMan
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They should just open the theater next door as a legit house, and use the Lyric as a concert venue. I sat in the balcony for Young Frank and I felt like I was watching it on Tv.
James885
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joined:5/2/05
I think this is a good promo - the show is gonna need all the help they can get in order to fill the Lyric. I second deaming's thoughts; I wonder if they'll close the balcony and sell tickets for just the orchestra and mezz.
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xxdrewboy85xx
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"One of the prizes years ago was an offer to join Celine Dion's Vegas show A New Day for a year long contract but the winner turned it down."

That was Season 2, and did Benji really turn it down or did they just decide it wasn't a good fit for him? I mean, Mia Michael's choreography for "A New Day" was extremely difficult and I don't think he could have handled it, unless they randomly added a special part just for him. IMO Travis or Allison (potentially Danielle and Natalie) would have been the only ones who could have handled the dancing in Celine Dion's show from Season 2.

beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
"I think this is a good promo - the show is gonna need all the help they can get in order to fill the Lyric."

Yes, it is a large theater and I do believe this will help sales. Good for 'SYTYCD' for doing this.
CukorLover
Featured Actor
joined:11/14/08
I could just imagine if Jerome Robbins was still alive and had this amazing opportunity to cast a SYTYCD winner.
Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
joined:7/18/11
Anything that promotes Broadway to a national audience is a good thing. I wish them well.
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
but what if they can't sing?
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EricMontreal22
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The way On the Town is written, there's not really a ton of singing for the chorus (or even some of the leads) so I can't see that being a problem.
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
The opening number on 'So You Think You Can Dance' tonight was wonderful.
Rinaldo
Understudy
joined:5/5/09
This "season" of SYTYCD will be over in August, so if the On the Town thing happens, they'd be with it from the beginning.

And tonight's opening number "New York, New York," choreographed by Josh Bergasse, speaks well for what he'll do in the show itself.
Blockhead24
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^ except then the top 10 go out on tour
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