CAROUSEL's Justin Peck Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Choreography
Justin Peck has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Choreography for CAROUSEL.
Peck was named the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet in 2014 and has created over 30 new works for New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Houston Ballet. In 2014, he was the subject of the documentary film Ballet 422, which followed him for three months as he created New York City Ballet's 422nd original dance, Paz de la Jolla. In 2015, his ballet Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes received the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production and in 2016 his ballet Everywhere We Go received the Gross Family Prize.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel has returned to Broadway in a production NPR calls, "The best musical of the season, by far." Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien's "sumptuous revival is a high-water mark of classic American musical theater" (Time Out). Starring Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Tony winner Jessie Mueller and four-time Grammy winner Renee Fleming, with choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck, "this ravishing Carousel tingles with the rapture of life in all its contradictions" (The New York Times).
Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the woman who gives up everything for him. With a score full of "the theater's most beautiful and enduring songs" (Variety), brought to life through "choreography that would send Rodgers & Hammerstein themselves into waves of happy shivers" (The Washington Post), this incandescently staged story of passion, loss and redemption is "one of the most moving experiences in all of musical theater" (New York Magazine). "God is in Carousel," raves The Chicago Tribune. "It's the greatest musical ever written."
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