Photo Flash: First Look - Iconic Writers, Graceful Dancers Bring Gattelli & Flaherty's IN YOUR ARMS to Life at The Old Globe
The Old Globe opens its 2015-2016 Season with IN YOUR ARMS, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). The production is currently in previews for an opening on September 24, and runs through October 25, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Co-conceived by Gattelli and Jennifer Manocherian, with lyrics by Flaherty's longtime collaborator, Tony and Emmy Award winner Lynn Ahrens, on the title song, IN YOUR ARMS features 10 dance vignettes written by an incredible and diverse lineup of theatre powerhouses, including Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, and Alfred Uhry. Among the full company, the stars can claim 18 Tony Awards, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 6 Pulitzer finalist distinctions, 3 Emmy Awards, and 2 Academy Awards -- to list all their honors would take several pages.
The cast features Marija Juliette Abney (Broadway's After Midnight, The Lion King), Stephen Bienskie (Silence! The Musical, The Fix), Henry Byalikov ("So You Think You Can Dance Australia," Broadway's Burn the Floor), Claire Camp (Super Fly, Flashdance The Musical), George Chakiris (Academy Award for playing Bernardo in West Side Story film), Spencer Clark (The Winter's Tale at The Public Theater), Jeremy Davis (South Pacific, Billy Elliot on Broadway), Jenn Harris (Silence! The Musical, Lucille Lortel and Theatre World Awards for Modern Orthodox Off Broadway), Glenda Sol Koeraus (known internationally as "La Argentinita"), Jess LeProtto ("So You Think You Can Dance," Broadway's Newsies, On the Town), Donna McKechnie (Tony Award for playing Cassie in original Broadway A Chorus Line), Adesola Osakalumi (Fela!, Equus), Karine Plantadit (Tony nomination for Broadway's Come Fly Away, Astaire Award for After Midnight), Hayley Podschun (Broadway's Chaplin, Anything Goes, Pal Joey), Jonathan Sharp (Fiddler on the Roof, The Red Shoes on Broadway), Ryan Steele (Astaire Award nominee for Broadway's Newsies, Matilda The Musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical), Brendon Stimson (Broadway's Newsies, Honeymoon in Vegas, West Side Story), Alex Michael Stoll (Broadway's West Side Story, Evita), Samantha Sturm (original Broadway casts of Matilda The Musical, The Addams Family, Nice Work If You Can Get It), Oscar Valero (Fuerza, El Swing del Flamenco, Met Opera's Carmen, La Traviata), Erica Wong (company member of Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Milwaukee Ballet), and Lyrica Woodruff (Susan Stroman's Little Dancer, two seasons on "Boston Public").
The creative team includes Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Olivia Sebesky (Projection Design), Michael Starobin (Orchestrator), Steven Malone (Music Director), Larry Reed/ShadowLight (Shadow Sequence Design), Telsey + Company, Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA (Casting), Mark Myars (Associate Choreographer), and Michael Domue (Production Stage Manager).
IN YOUR ARMS is a sweeping and romantic evening of theatre created by an unprecedented constellation of America's preeminent writers for the stage. Ten dance vignettes tell wordless stories of love, yearning, and romance, and constitute a magical evening of movement and music performed by a cast of 22 talented dancers. Each vignette takes place in a different place and time, and the 10 dances range from duets to large ensemble numbers. Thrilling styles of dance from classical ballet to swing, tap to tango, rock 'n' roll to Charleston, modern to jazz are celebrated with verve and nuance. The emotional canvas of the stories is vast: some are funny, some are sad, and some are enchanting, but all delve deep into that most essential of human emotions: love.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
Donna McKechnie and the cast perform the title number of the world premiere musical IN YOUR ARMS.