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Movin' Out-Moves into South Florida!








BROADWAY IN MIAMI BEACH PRESENTED BY FLORIDA THEATRICAL ASSOCIATIONFort Lauderdale / Miami Beach --- MOVIN' OUT, the Tony® Award-winning new musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on 24 classic songs by Billy Joel, kicks off 2005 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for Broadway In Fort Lauderdale presented by Florida Theatrical Association January 3 - 15. MOVIN' OUT will return to South Florida at the Jackie Gleason Theater January 24 – 29 as part of Broadway In Miami Beach. Tickets are on sale now.

Broward Center performances: January 3 - 15 with show times Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, and additional performances Sunday January 8 at 7:30pm Thursday, and Wednesday, January 11 at 2pm Tickets ranging from $30.25 - $73.25 can be purchased in person, by phone and internet through the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222 or

Jackie Gleason Theater performances: January 24 - 29 with show times Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening at 7:30pm and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets ranging from $21.50 - $61.50 can be purchased in person at the Jackie Gleason Box Office.

Tickets for ALL South Florida engagements of MOVIN' OUT can also be purchased in person through TicketMaster outlets, TicketMaster online at, or by calling TicketMaster at (305) 358-5885 in Dade, (954) 523-3309 in Broward, and (561) 966-3309 in Palm Beach, Groups of 20 or more please call 1-800-6-GROUPS.

This engagement of MOVIN' OUT will mark the South Florida premiere of the show that critics say revolutionized musical theatre as we know it. "So exhilarating and soul-stirring, it practically bursts out of the theatre," says Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine. "The first national tour of MOVIN' OUT sizzles with energy, vitality and class," says Chris Jones of Variety.

Told through the choreography of Twyla Tharp and more than two dozen of Billy Joel's hit songs, MOVIN' OUT is the story of lifelong friends through two turbulent decades that change them and the world around them forever. Songs like "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "We Didn't Start the Fire," and "Pressure" all come together to weave a musical backdrop which beautifully complements Tharp's innovative choreography. The songs and dance take audiences through a poignant narrative comprised of three main elements: post-World War II idealism, the Vietnam War and its subsequent unrest, and finally, survival.

Many will recognize MOVIN OUT's main characters, as they come straight from Joel's lyrics. There's Brenda and Eddie from "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," Tony and Sergeant O'Leary from "Movin' Out," Judy from "Why, Judy, Why," and James from "James"—and their story is told completely through dance, with no dialogue whatsoever. MOVIN' OUT is "a story told without language," Tharp says. "The movement and the action tell the story—the experience, the emotional resonance, comes from action rather than language."

The cast includes Holly Cruikshank, Matthew Dibble, David Gomez, Julieta Gros, Laurie Kanyok, Brendan King, Keith Roberts and Rasta Thomas as principal dancers, and Darren Holden and James Fox as Piano Man/Lead Vocals. The principal roles of Brenda, Eddie, Tony and the Piano/Lead Vocals will be performed in rotation. The press opening in Fort Lauderdale on January 3 will feature Holly Cruikshank as Brenda, Matthew Dibble as Eddie, David Gomez as Tony and Darren Holden as Piano/Lead Vocals. . The press opening in Miami Beach on January 24 will feature Laurie Kanyok as Brenda, Brendan King as Eddie, Keith Roberts as Tony and Darren Holden as Piano/Lead Vocals.

HOLLY CRUIKSHANK (Brenda) performed on Broadway in Movin' Out (Brenda alternate, original Broadway cast ensemble) and in the Broadway production and national tour of Contact (Girl in the Yellow Dress). MATTHEW DIBBLE (James) performed with the Royal Ballet (UK). He was a founding member and principal dancer of K Ballet in Japan and worked with Twyla Tharp Dance. DAVID GOMEZ (Tony) performed on Broadway in Movin' Out (Tony alternate, original Broadway cast ensemble) and Contact.  His dance credits include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Dance Theater Dayton. JULIETA GROS (Judy) was born in Argentina and trained by Serrano and Tupin. At 14, she began touring the world as a professional in Julio Boca's Ballet Argentino. At 19, she became a principal with Ińaqui Urlezaga's Company. LAURIE KANYOK (Brenda) performed on Broadway in Movin Out (Brenda alternate, original Broadway cast ensemble). She also appeared on Broadway and in the national tour of Fosse. BRENDAN KING (Eddie) performed on Broadway in Movin' Out (Eddie alternate). He has performed all over the world with numerous recording artists and legends. KEITH ROBERTS (Tony) is an original principal of Movin' Out, having created the role of Tony, for which he received 2003 Tony and Astaire nominations. RASTA THOMAS (Eddie) has performed as a principal artist with Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Kirov and Joffrey Ballets, and in Movin' Out (Eddie alternate) on Broadway.

DARREN HOLDEN (Piano/Lead Vocals) comes directly from the Broadway production of Movin' Out. From Ireland, he began performing at age 13 and has had numerous Top Ten hits. He was the lead singer in the Broadway and touring productions of Riverdance. JAMES FOX (Piano/Lead Vocals) is a British singer/songwriter. He was in the Top 5 in "Fame Academy" (BBC TV) and represented the U.K. in "The Eurovision Song Contest."

MOVIN' OUT is produced by James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig, Scott E. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Clear Channel Entertainment and Emanuel Azenberg. Musical continuity and supervision is by Stuart Malina. MOVIN' OUT features a scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Suzy Benzinger, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Brian Ruggles and Peter Fitzgerald.


TWYLA THARP (Conception, Choreography, Direction). Since graduating Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has choreographed over 125 dances, 5 Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed 2 Broadway shows, written 2 books and received 1 Tony Award, 2 Emmy Awards, 17 honorary doctorates and numerous grants including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded Twyla Tharp Dance. In 1988, TTD merged with American Ballet Theatre where Ms. Tharp created over a dozen works. Since then Ms. Tharp has choreographed dances for Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance and Martha Graham Dance Company. In 1991, Ms. Tharp regrouped Twyla Tharp Dance and created Cutting Up, a program with Mikhail Baryshnikov which became one of contemporary dance's most successful tours, appearing in twenty eight cities over a two month period. Since 1999, Twyla Tharp Dance has toured internationally to critical acclaim. Ms. Tharp's first Broadway production was When We Were Very Young (1980), followed by her collaboration with David Byrne, The Catherine Wheel (1981) and Singin' In the Rain (1985). In 2002, Ms. Tharp's and Billy Joel's Movin' Out premiered on Broadway. The recipient of a 2003 Tony Award for Movin' Out, Ms. Tharp also received the 2003 Astaire Award; the Drama League Award for Sustained Achievement in Musical Theater; and both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography. In film Ms. Tharp collaborated with director Milos Forman: Hair (1978), Ragtime (1980) and Amadeus (1984); with Taylor Hackford: White Nights (1985) and with James Brooks: I'll Do Anything (1994). Television credits include choreographing "Sue's Leg" (the inaugural episode of PBS' Dance In America), co-producing and directing "Making Television Dance," which won the Chicago International Film Festival Award; and directing "The Catherine Wheel" for BBC Television. Ms. Tharp co-directed the television special "Baryshnikov by Tharp," which won two Emmy Awards and the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Director Achievement. Ms. Tharp's autobiography Push Comes to Shove (1992) was followed by The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life, published in October, 2003. In August 2004, Ms. Tharp received the Vietnam Veterans of America President Award honoring her professional work and Movin' Out. Ms. Tharp continues to create works and lecture around the world.

 BILLY JOEL (Music & Lyrics) Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization's highest honor, in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and he has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold more than 10 million copies. In 2003 he, along with Stuart Malina, won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Movin' Out. Having sold more than 100 million records over the past quarter century, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. In addition to his Grammy Awards, Joel has earned three Awards for Cable Excellence and has received numerous ASCAP and BMI awards including the ASCAP Founders Award and the BMI Career Achievement Award. In 1994, he was given the 1994 Billboard Century Award. Among his many other awards and honors, Billy Joel has been given a Doctor of Humane Letters from Fairfield University (1991), an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music (1993), an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra University (1997) and a Doctor of Music from Southampton College (2000). Outside his music career, Joel has donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes. A longtime advocate for music education, he first began holding "master class" sessions on college campuses more than 20 years ago, giving sessions at colleges across the country and around the world. In addition, he has held classes as a benefit for the STAR Foundation (Standing for Truth About Radiation) and to establish the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in New York City. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Billy Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person of the Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

MOVIN' OUT Live Cast Recording Now Available from Sony Classical.

The South Florida engagements of MOVIN' OUT are presented by arrangement with Florida Theatrical Association, a non-profit civic organization with a volunteer board of trustees established to ensure the continued presentation of quality national touring Broadway productions in the state of Florida are season ticket offerings of Sanford Group Company Broadway In Fort Lauderdale and Sanford Group Company Broadway In Miami Beach.


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