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Christopher Wheeldon Takes On Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron"An American in Paris" - new Broadway production


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#106 Buddy

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 03:33 AM

Robert Fairchild - he was terrific in Who Cares!

 I was still hoping for Marcelo Gomes or Rolando Sarabia. Perhaps in a later run after some singing lessons if necessary. Congratulations to Robert Fairchild, who apparently does sing, and a Gold Star to you, vipa ! 



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:37 AM

I still want to know who's playing Oscar Levant!



#108 dirac

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 05:40 AM

A story in French noting the forthcoming November production (along with two other movies-to-stage adaptations (alas for the theater, it used to be the other way around).



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:19 PM

I still want to know who's playing Oscar Levant!

How’s your acting ?
 
In case you can’t make it let’s give Brandon Uranowitz a shot at it.
 
“Brandon Uranowitz is an American stage and television actor,[1] best known for one of the lead roles in Baby It's You!, the Broadway musical which tells the story of singer Florence Greenberg. [2] [3] [4] Prior to Baby, It's You!, Uranowitz had the role of Mark on the national tour of Rent.”
 
 
And more casting announcements as posted by dirac.
 


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 09:10 PM

 

I still want to know who's playing Oscar Levant!

How’s your acting ?

 


About as good as my piano playing, which is to say not very.
 

In case you can’t make it let’s give Brandon Uranowitz a shot at it.
 
“Brandon Uranowitz is an American stage and television actor,[1] best known for one of the lead roles in Baby It's You!, the Broadway musical which tells the story of singer Florence Greenberg. [2] [3] [4] Prior to Baby, It's You!, Uranowitz had the role of Mark on the national tour of Rent.”
 
http://en.wikipedia....andon_Uranowitz
 
And more casting announcements as posted by dirac.
 
http://www.theaterma...aris_69055.html


We'll see how it goes, but he's certainly got a much better resume than I do!



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:57 AM

publicity pics of Robbie Fairchild and the Royal B's Leanne Cope:
http://theatrechatel...-paris-photos-c

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:32 AM

Here's some news on American in Paris.  It's confirmed as headed for Broadway in spring 2015.  Robbie Fairchild will take a leave of absence from NYCB for the project. 

 

http://artsbeat.blog...adway/?ref=arts#



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 12:09 PM

“Vail International Dance Festival 2014: Gene Kelly Tribute with Robert Fairchild”

 

(Thanks to sophia at Dansomanie)

 

Note: This is to Gene Kelly's choreography.



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 12:48 PM

Thanks for posting that.  What a fabulous performance.  Even if it turns out that he can't act or sing, it will be worth it to see this show. 

 

The usual Broadway run involves 8 shows a week.  That's a heavy load.  Hope he can handle that schedule.

 

Can't wait to see this show on Broadway.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:58 PM

Even if it turns out that he can't act or sing,

 

 

Well....those would be big handicaps in an evening-length live show. :) 

 

I add my thanks, Buddy. A charming clip. Kelly, who was such a dedicated proselytizer for dance and ballet, would be delighted.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:29 PM

It’s also interesting to see how Fairchild’s intense classical training lends a different accent to his (charming) rendering of Kelly’s choreography (as staged by Woetzel).  His feet are distinctly pointed when it’s not really called for, his turns and poses just a shade too precise when they should look tossed off. He could also work on prop use – the hat could play a bigger role here.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 04:58 PM

Even if it turns out that he can't act or sing,

 
Well....those would be big handicaps in an evening-length live show. smile.png


Indeed!

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:14 PM

It’s also interesting to see how Fairchild’s intense classical training lends a different accent to his (charming) rendering of Kelly’s choreography (as staged by Woetzel).  His feet are distinctly pointed when it’s not really called for, his turns and poses just a shade too precise when they should look tossed off. He could also work on prop use – the hat could play a bigger role here.


Lack of rehearsal time could explain a lot. Fairchild studied a lot of jazz growing up.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:23 PM

His feet are distinctly pointed when it’s not really called for, his turns and poses just a shade too precise when they should look tossed off...

 

Yes. Fairchild has a longer mid-section which throws the center of gravity off and so the waist has less importance, Overall it's more stylized than Gene Kelly and lacks a little of Kelly's sense of the vernacular. It's more like a tribute to Bob Fosse.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 11:40 AM

Lack of rehearsal time could explain a lot. Fairchild studied a lot of jazz growing up.

 

 

Things can change when a dancer really focuses on training classically, the way an opera singer who once studied pop music can lose some of his feel for pop style. Quiggin's phrase "sense of the vernacular" was what I was trying to get at (Quiggin just said it better). :) Kelly studied quite a bit of ballet, but iit wasn't his first dance language, as he would have readily admitted.

 

Yes. Fairchild has a longer mid-section which throws the center of gravity off and so the waist has less importance

 

 

Good point.

 

None of this may make much difference in the new version of "An American in Paris," which will be staged by a ballet choreographer and danced by two ballet dancers, which may shift the show's balance decisively toward ballet.




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