Foster, Young, Marshall and More Take Part in 'Dancing on Broadway' Panel, April 6, Ridge Hosts

Broadway performers Sutton Foster and John Lloyd Young will join director/choreographers Kathleen Marshall and Casey Nicholaw and choreographer Sergio Trujillo at a Drama Desk special spring luncheon/panel at Sardi's (234 W. 44th St., between Broadway and Eight Avenues) on Thursday, April 6, from 11:45 AM to 2:30 PM.

The focus of the Panel, which will be moderated by Richard Ridge, a Drama Desk member and host of Broadway Beat TV, will be "Dancing on Broadway: The Art and the Staging."

Tony Award-winner Foster, who stars as Janet Van De Graaf in the upcoming Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone, and Young, who portrays Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, will offer their personal perspectives on performing and dancing in stage musicals eight times a week, while Tony Award-winner Marshall (The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town), Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot) and Trujillo (Jersey Boys) will discuss their individual approaches to staging and choreographing dance numbers for the Broadway stage.

Founded in 1949, the Drama Desk is an organization of professional theater writers, critics and editors who cover all areas of the New York theater scene. William Wolf is President of the organization. The Drama Desk Awards, created in 1955, are held annually to celebrate excellence in all New York theater: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and non-profit theater. This year's Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2006, at 9 PM at the LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center. Robert R. Blume is executive producer of the Drama Desk Awards.

The event is open to the public. Admission for Drama Desk members is $35 per person and includes lunch (choice of salmon, chicken or pasta). The cost for non-member guests is $45 per person. Reservations are recommended. To guarantee admission, reservations should be made now to or by calling 212/787-7020. (Please specify your choice of salmon, chicken or pasta).

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