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#31 sidwich

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:05 PM

I didn't see Susan Stroman's "Contact," but as an all-dance work that was presented in a mostly straight theater venue, I wonder if there was a similar disjunction in the reviews.


I don't remember the reviews for "Conact," but I did see it in its original incarnation at the tiny Mitzi Newhouse theatre (less than 300 seats), the transferred version at the Vivian Beaumont theatre (over a thousand seats) and the video recording of the national tour of the piece. I am also very familiar with the venue and dancers that the third of the three acts is based on. By far, it was most effective in the small, Newhouse theatre. The more for-profit the production got and the larger the venues got, the more emotional intimacy and life got sucked out of it.

#32 Kathleen O'Connell

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:04 AM

More linkage, this time with video:

From WNYC's culture page: Maintaining Dance Machines In 'Come Fly Away'

There's a brief write-up (by Sarah Muller) of the dancers' daily routines plus a video with clips from the show and interviews with Karine Plantadit and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges (who is sitting in front of a very impressive collection of Pez dispensers ...)

A review from NY1, also with video clips from the show: NY1 Theater Review: "Come Fly Away"

A bevy of clips on the "Come Fly Away" page on Broadway.com

And finally, also from Broadway.com, the "Word of Mouth" review by Deanna, Joe, and Phyllis. One thumb up, two thumbs down. I love these guys. Phyllis' "meh" shrug near the end really is worth a thousand words. Go to Broadway.com's YouTube channel for higher quality video.

#33 bart

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:20 AM

That "Word of Mouth" video was interesting. Thank you, Kathleen, for posting it and the other links. With the talking muted, I found I could focus more on the dancing.

It seems to me that the steps and movements --many of which came directly from the ballet vocabulary -- were performed in a manner that seemed to call attention to the force and energy required -- eg: the barrel turns; the way the woman hurled herself in the air to be caught by per partner; the emphatic way developpe is done. My mind went to the "I Can Do That" number from Fosse's Sweet Charity: not as to steps themselves but as to the way they are performed.

Ballet per se, it seems to me, tends to try to hide or camouflage the difficulty and soften the impression of the strength and force needed to perform such steps. That makes the movements themselves even more amazing, to me at least.

Is one of the characteristics of a "Broadway Style" a calling attention to difficulty and effort. Is it what a dance director asks from his dancers? Is it actually what the Broadway dance audience is attracted to?

#34 dirac

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:46 AM

Thanks for your review, abatt. Would be interested to hear from others who have seen the show.

#35 mimsyb

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:30 PM

That "Word of Mouth" video was interesting. Thank you, Kathleen, for posting it and the other links. With the talking muted, I found I could focus more on the dancing.

It seems to me that the steps and movements --many of which came directly from the ballet vocabulary -- were performed in a manner that seemed to call attention to the force and energy required -- eg: the barrel turns; the way the woman hurled herself in the air to be caught by per partner; the emphatic way developpe is done. My mind went to the "I Can Do That" number from Fosse's Sweet Charity: not as to steps themselves but as to the way they are performed.

Ballet per se, it seems to me, tends to try to hide or camouflage the difficulty and soften the impression of the strength and force needed to perform such steps. That makes the movements themselves even more amazing, to me at least.

Is one of the characteristics of a "Broadway Style" a calling attention to difficulty and effort. Is it what a dance director asks from his dancers? Is it actually what the Broadway dance audience is attracted to?


Were you perhaps referring to "I Can Do That" from "Chorus Line"?

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:39 PM

Were you perhaps referring to "I Can Do That" from "Chorus Line"?

Right, mimsyb. Thanks for the correction. I was actually visualizing the number when I typed the wrong title. :blush:

#37 abatt

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 05:19 AM

The Tony Award nominations were announced today. Come Fly Away received two nominations- one for Karin Plantadit (spell?) for best supporting actress in a musical, the other for Twyla Tharp for best choreography. It failed to receive a best musical nom.

On the other hand, it was a great day for Bill T. Jones. His Fela! received 11 nominations.

#38 Helene

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:15 AM

I was just reading a Q&A in New York Magazine with Ira Glass ("This American Life") and came across this:

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?

American Idiot, and I'm still sad I never saw Spring Awakening. I took my dad to Come Fly Away, which I thought was a cynical, dull, and weirdly dirty piece of crap — and I'm not even someone who thinks things are "dirty" — and I would've walked out except my dad liked it.



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Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:40 AM

Looks like Tywla has found another venue for her show Come Fly Away. Steve Wynn's hotel in Las Vegas will be presenting a show by Twyla called Sinatra Dance With Me. Based on what I read, it sounds like a shortened version of the show that just closed on Broadway. There is no info on who will be dancing in the show.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:14 PM

Most of the Broadway cast of Come Fly Away is in the Vegas version of the show.
http://www.vegasnews...vegas-cast.html

I saw Come Fly Away on Broadway and absolutely loved it!! I have admired most of cast since I first saw them in Movin' Out and seeing them again in CFA was such a treat. I think this show was very under-appreciated on Broadway and a little misunderstood. A lot of people went into the theater thinking they were going to see a musical about the life of Frank Sinatra, and they got a show that not only had nothing to do with Sinatra's life, but it was entirely dancing and had no dialogue. I think that was a big issue with the show's lack of success on Broadway, and that it was not advertised in the right way. However, I think Vegas is the perfect place for it, and Sinatra: Dance With Me has received fabulous reviews. The show is scheduled to run until Jan 29, but I wouldn't be surprised if they extended the run. A while ago there was talk of a national tour of the show, and as of now Come Fly Away is scheduled to run at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto, Canada in August of 2011.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 08:42 PM

Most of the Broadway cast of Come Fly Away is in the Vegas version of the show.
http://www.vegasnews...vegas-cast.html

I saw Come Fly Away on Broadway and absolutely loved it!! I have admired most of cast since I first saw them in Movin' Out and seeing them again in CFA was such a treat. I think this show was very under-appreciated on Broadway and a little misunderstood. A lot of people went into the theater thinking they were going to see a musical about the life of Frank Sinatra, and they got a show that not only had nothing to do with Sinatra's life, but it was entirely dancing and had no dialogue. I think that was a big issue with the show's lack of success on Broadway, and that it was not advertised in the right way. However, I think Vegas is the perfect place for it, and Sinatra: Dance With Me has received fabulous reviews. The show is scheduled to run until Jan 29, but I wouldn't be surprised if they extended the run. A while ago there was talk of a national tour of the show, and as of now Come Fly Away is scheduled to run at the Four Seasons Center in Toronto, Canada in August of 2011.

Thank you for the report, kikki, and welcome to BalletTalk!

I hope the show finds the enthusiastic audiences in Las Vegas that New York didn't seem able to muster.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 01:19 PM

I hope the show finds the enthusiastic audiences in Las Vegas that New York didn't seem able to muster.


Well, since the first comment in this thread on Ballet Talk/Alert described the work as "Vegas-y," perhaps it has found its true home!


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