American Dance Machine to Celebrate Broadway Choreography at Joyce Theater
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21), for those who love the dance in Broadway musicals, will return to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) after their sold out run last year, it was announced today by founder and producing artistic director Nikki Feirt Atkins. Performances begin Monday, December 21st and run through Sunday, January 3rd. Tickets start at $10.
Directed by Wayne Cilento (Wicked, Sweet Charity revival, Aida, The Who's Tommy) with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz (Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, musical director for Tony Award winners Donna McKecknie and Anika Noni Rose), all performances feature a live band.
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, founded in2012, is dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography. ADM21 is continuing the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established The American Dance Machine in 1976. Theodore created a "Living Archive" of musical theater dance to address her belief that "many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished." Of concern was that the artistry of each dance would vanish with the artists who created them. That was the impetus that drove The American Dance Machine from its pilot program in 1976 to its final days following the death of Lee Theodore in the late 1980's.
This year's program will include works from A Chorus Line, Contact, 42nd Street, George M!, Grease, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, On Your Toes, Promises, Promises, The Act, The Who's Tommy, White Christmas and more.
Choreographers represented include Rob Ashford, George Balanchine, Michael Bennett, Patricia Birch, Warren Carlyle, Gower Champion, Wayne Cilento, Jack Cole, Agnes de Mille, Carol Haney, Michael Kidd, Joe Layton, Ron Lewis, Jerry Mitchell, Jerome Robbins, Randy Skinner, Susan Stroman, Tommy Tune, among others to be announced.
"Theater and dance take place in the present and what is left are the memories that stay with us," said Nikki Feirt Atkins. "Preserving this vital art form is important, not just to Broadway dance enthusiasts, but to the culture of America and the future of American musical theater."
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century plays Tuesdays at 7:30PM, Wednesdays at 3:00PM and 7:30PM; Thursdays at 3PM; Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM and Sundays at 2PM and 7:30PM. Tickets range from $10 - $69. Call Joyce Charge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online at www.joyce.org. The Joyce is located at 175 8th Avenue in New York City.
For more about American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, please visit: www.ADM21.org