Jerome Robbins said, “Dance is like life. It exists as you are flitting through it, and when it's over, it's done.” Yet, he and other Broadway choreographers have left indelible marks in the history of musical theatre with combinations of original choreography that are staples of the canon.
In 2019 Playbill joined forces with a cast of dancers to recreate 10 Broadway choreographic moments. Watch the video above as we celebrate International Dance Day April 29.
In the video we celebrate the work of Robbins, Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, Agnes de Mille, Gower Champion, Gillian Lynne, Michael Bennett, and Peter Gennaro.
The cast includes Evan Autio, Julio Cataño-Yee, Dale Elston, Joseph Fierberg, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Michael Scott Gomez, Stephen Hannah, Julia Harnett, Rashaan James, Ian Liberto, Matthew Aaron Liotine, Dara Orland, Waldemar Quiñones-Villanueva, Steven Rada, Angela Sauers, Rachel Schur, Kristi Smith, and Philip Stock.
Great choreographic moments can be as recognizable as chandeliers crashing, helicopters on stage, or witches flying; they inform the story and propel the characters through movement.
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The video was shot at Open Jar Studios in New York City in 2019.