Casting Announced for New Little Dancer Musical at The Kennedy Center

16670_814634045233543_6725171784761238224_nLuner on Theatre is heading to Washington D.C. to bring you the exciting news of a brand new musical making it’s world premiere in the regional world of theatre! As we work to expand our regional coverage of theatre, we are thrilled to head to the nation’s capital today for this exciting new work! The musical is brought to you by the creators of hits such as Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island, A Man of No Importance and many others. This exciting new musical takes a spin on a classic work many will recognize but never wondered what the story behind it was before. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that complete casting has been announced for the world premiere musical Little Dancer at The Kennedy Center!

Little Dancer is a brand new musical which features a book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens with music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty. The musical, which according to press notes is part fact and part fiction, is the story of the most famous dancer in the entire world. Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, Marie is torn between the life she lives and the art she loves. The musical is based on the iconic statue created by Edgar Degas.

bmed-little-dancer-front_1000Little Dancer is set to make its world premiere this fall in Washington D.C. at the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The musical will run from October 25th until November 30th. An official opening is set for November 20th, 2014. Leading this world premiere musical in its first outing will be four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines as Edgar Degas, three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker as Adult Marie van Goethem and New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck as Young Marie van Goethem.

The ensemble will include Polly Baird, Wendi Bergamini, Lauren Blackman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Janet Dickinson, Juliet Doherty, Nina Goldman, Kyle Harris, Sean Martin Hingston, Jolina Javier, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, James Pierce III, Jenny Powers, Katelyn Prominksi, Michele Ragusa, John Riddle, Amy Ruggiero, Joseph Simeone, Justin Urso, Lyrica Woodruff and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba.

Susan_StromanHelming the musical in its world premiere outing is five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman who is directing and choreographing the piece. The rest of the creative team includes Beowulf Boritt as scenic designer, William Ivey Long as costume designer, Ken Billington as lighting designer, Kai Harada as sound designer and David Loud providing music supervision. Shawn Gough is also set to conduct the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

All of this news regarding the Little Dancer musical is very exciting! I remember hearing about this project years ago when it was on the boards for Aherns & Flaherty and thinking “what a concept”. Creating an entire musical from scratch based on a statue. It’s almost a little Sunday In The Park with George esc. None the less, all of this is very promising. While I have not heard any talk of Broadway, most of the names currently attached to this project are big names in the business people recognize. That goes from Gaines and Luker who are leading the cast to Stroman who is no stranger to the New York stage. I would love to maybe make my way down to DC one weekend to check out this new musical as I simply adore the work of Aherns and Flaherty. To be completely honest, they are hands down my favorite composing team. I look forward to seeing where this musical heads as I think it has a lot of potential even outside the world of musical theatre.

Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you news on the brand new Little Dancer musical in Washington D.C.! Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting The Kennedy Center! They begin at $45. We will bring you more on this new musical as it becomes available to us! For more information, visit The Kennedy Center’s Official Website or Little Dancer’s Facebook PageAnd of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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