Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw Melanie Votaw is a dancer/singer/actress who studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and character dance for nearly 20 years. Her teacher was one of the fastest tap dancers in the world in the 1930s. In addition to performing in cabaret, contemporary theater, and Shakespeare, Melanie has taught dance and choreographed solo pieces and musicals. As a writer, she has reviewed dance, theater, film, and television. She has also interviewed stars like Patrick Stewart, Linda Lavin, Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Norbert Leo Butz, Glenn Slater, and Andrew Lippa. She has authored or ghostwritten a total of 26 non-fiction books, and she has published fiction, poetry, and photography. Melanie holds a B.A. in English literature.



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Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'
Posted: Oct. 8, 2017


BWW Review: Glenn Close, Norm Lewis Perform at Benefit for National Dance InstituteBWW Review: Glenn Close, Norm Lewis Perform at Benefit for National Dance Institute
Posted: Oct. 18, 2017


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Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'
Posted: Oct. 8, 2017


BWW Review: TAP ELLINGTON Celebrates the Duke's Love of Tap DanceBWW Review: TAP ELLINGTON Celebrates the Duke's Love of Tap Dance
Posted: Jul. 15, 2017


BWW Interview - Lyricist Glenn Slater Talks GALAVANT CD Set Release, BEATSVILLE & MoreBWW Interview - Lyricist Glenn Slater Talks GALAVANT CD Set Release, BEATSVILLE & More
Posted: May. 14, 2017


BWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de ForceBWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de Force
Posted: Feb. 28, 2017


BWW DANCE REVIEW: LEGACY 36 CELEBRATES THE STARS with Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan & MoreBWW Review: 'LEGACY 36' with Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan & More
Posted: Jun. 5, 2017


BWW Review: Glenn Close, Norm Lewis Perform at Benefit for National Dance InstituteBWW Review: Glenn Close, Norm Lewis Perform at Benefit for National Dance Institute
October 18, 2017

At the National Dance Institute (NDI) headquarters in Harlem Monday night, October 16, 2017, Glenn Close, Norm Lewis, Charlotte d'Amboise, Robert Fairchild, and NDI's young students gave a special benefit performance titled, SONGS I'VE SUNG ON BROADWAY...AND ONE I WISH I HAD.

Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'Princess Cruises' BORN TO DANCE Pays Tribute to Theater's 'Unsung Heroes'
October 8, 2017

The latest collaboration between Princess Cruises and Stephen Schwartz is called BORN TO DANCE. On October 7, 2017, press and friends of the creators were treated to a special performance of the show aboard the Regal Princess while ported at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

BWW Review: Benjamin Franklin Travels Through the Modern World in MONEY TALKS: THE MUSICALBWW Review: Benjamin Franklin Travels Through the Modern World in MONEY TALKS: THE MUSICAL
July 24, 2017

While the new musical MONEY TALKS isn't of Broadway caliber, there's a lot to like about both the book by Tony-nominated Peter Kellogg (ANNA KARENINA) and the score by Kellogg and David Friedman.

BWW Review: TAP ELLINGTON Celebrates the Duke's Love of Tap DanceBWW Review: TAP ELLINGTON Celebrates the Duke's Love of Tap Dance
July 15, 2017

Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation, Inc. presented a program to Duke Ellington music at Jazz at Lincoln Center's The Appel Room on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Nicholas Tolkien Brings His Holocaust Play TEREZIN to Playwrights HorizonsNicholas Tolkien Brings His Holocaust Play TEREZIN to Playwrights Horizons
June 18, 2017

TEREZIN, a tragic play written and directed by Nicholas Tolkien, the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote THE LORD OF THE RINGS series, is currently being produced by The Steinberg Theater Group at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theatre.

BWW DANCE REVIEW: LEGACY 36 CELEBRATES THE STARS with Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan & MoreBWW DANCE REVIEW: LEGACY 36 CELEBRATES THE STARS with Maurice Hines, Sandy Duncan & More
June 5, 2017

Former Rockette Mary Six Rupert hosted, directed and choreographed LEGACY 36 CELEBRATES THE STARS at Columbia University's Miller Theater in New York on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The event honored the Rockettes, as well as Violet Holmes Treimanis, who was director / choreographer for the Rockettes from 1972-1993.

BWW Review: ON ONE CONDITION Shows Life with Cerebral PalsyBWW Review: ON ONE CONDITION Shows Life with Cerebral Palsy
May 22, 2017

At the beginning of ON ONE CONDITION running through May 26, 2017 at Soho Playhouse, actor Dan Daw arrives on stage in his underwear. He then proceeds to dress himself as we watch. As someone with cerebral palsy, getting dressed is a painstaking process. Immediately, Daw takes us into his world and gives us a little taste of what it's like to be him.

BWW Interview - Lyricist Glenn Slater Talks GALAVANT CD Set Release, BEATSVILLE & MoreBWW Interview - Lyricist Glenn Slater Talks GALAVANT CD Set Release, BEATSVILLE & More
May 14, 2017

Broadway lyricist Glenn Slater speaks with BWW about the much-anticipated release of the full music CD set from GALAVANT, the CD signing for A BRONX TALE, BEATSVILLE, and what it's really like to write for musical theater.

BWW Review: Urban Stages Imports ANGRY YOUNG MAN From LondonBWW Review: Urban Stages Imports ANGRY YOUNG MAN From London
March 24, 2017

ANGRY YOUNG MAN, a British play by Ben Woolf, is both entertaining and puzzling. Yuri, a surgeon from a country that isn't disclosed, arrives in London a day ahead of an interview. Since he doesn't realize how far central London is from Stansted Airport, the taxi ride takes almost all of his money, and he finds himself sitting in a park, talking to the ducks.

BWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de ForceBWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de Force
February 28, 2017

In the one-woman show TURNING PAGE, Angelica Page takes on perhaps the role of her career - that of her real-life mother, Geraldine Page, who was theater, Hollywood and Actors Studio royalty. A daunting role, to be sure. Angelica says at the top of the piece that her mother asked her to see that her story was told. Eventually, Angelica decided to "channel" her mother in this way to keep the iconic actress' legacy alive.

BWW Review: Rebeck's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST is Timely Feminist SatireBWW Review: Rebeck's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST is Timely Feminist Satire
October 24, 2016

Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck's 2011 feminist play, WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST, is set in an architectural firm, but I'm sure as a female playwright, she brought firsthand knowledge of what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated profession. This satirical play, currently produced by Life Force Arts, Inc. at the June Havoc Theatre, is timely as we watch the historic battle of the sexes between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

BWW Review: Chris Gethard's CAREER SUICIDE is Anything ButBWW Review: Chris Gethard's CAREER SUICIDE is Anything But
October 11, 2016

It comes as no surprise that Judd Apatow is a good judge of quality entertainment. Along with Mike Berkowitz and Brian Stern, he's currently presenting Chris Gethard's one-man show, CAREER SUICIDE, at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, playing through Nov. 27.

BWW Review: TAP TREASURES SHOWCASE Pays Tribute to the History of TapBWW Review: TAP TREASURES SHOWCASE Pays Tribute to the History of Tap
July 15, 2016

According to Artistic Director/Producer Tony Waag, Tap Treasures Showcase "reinvestigates and revisits eight historic locations in Manhattan that contributed to the evolution of tap dance." The hour-long show was performed at The Duke on 42nd Street on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

BWW Dance Review: DANCEAFRICA SENEGAL Program Brings Color and Poignancy to BAMBWW Dance Review: DANCEAFRICA SENEGAL Program Brings Color and Poignancy to BAM
May 31, 2016

BWW Review: DANCEAFRICA 2016 Brings Color and Poignancy to BAM with SENEGAL: DOORS OF ANCIENT FUTURES

BWW Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Discusses Season 2 of BLOODLINE & MERCY STREET, Feinstein's/54 Below, MoreBWW Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Discusses Season 2 of BLOODLINE & MERCY STREET, Feinstein's/54 Below, More
May 27, 2016

The two-time Tony-winner updates fans on his two television series and his New York cabaret comeback.

BWW Review: FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA Premieres Voces de Andalucia at BAMBWW Review: FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA Premieres Voces de Andalucia at BAM
May 4, 2016

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana premiered the company's show, "Voces de Andalucia," at the Brooklyn Academy of Music May 3, 2016. The contemporary program paid tribute to Pablo Picasso and Federico Garcia Lorca.

BWW Dance Review: AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION'S RHYTHM IN MOTION Puts Tap Experimentation on StageBWW Dance Review: AMERICAN TAP DANCE FOUNDATION'S RHYTHM IN MOTION Puts Tap Experimentation on Stage
April 18, 2016

Rhythm in Motion, which was held at Theater at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, featured the work of artists in residence under Artistic/Executive Director of ATDF, Tony Waag.

BWW Review: COMPAÑÍA MANUEL LIÑÁN Brings an Exciting Flamenco Program to City Center
March 14, 2016

New York City Center hosts Flamenco Festival performances every year, and this 13th season included an evening with Compaia Manuel Lian in their New York debut. Six dancers, three singers and two guitarists led by dancer/choreographer Manuel Lian performed 'Nomada.'

BWW Review: TRAVIS WALL'S SHAPING SOUND Brings Eclectic Dreamscape to the Beacon TheatreBWW Review: TRAVIS WALL'S SHAPING SOUND Brings Eclectic Dreamscape to the Beacon Theatre
February 10, 2016

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound performed an eclectic dance program at New York's Beacon Theatre on February 8, 2016.