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Wheeldon to Direct and Choreograph Broadway Musical About Michael Jackson

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1 hour ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

Wheeldon doesn't strike me as the ideal hire for this gig. 

Good grief - at a time when the dance world claims to be trying so hard to diversify in dancers and choreographers (at least the female ones), why would they go with Wheeldon?

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My thoughts exactly. 

Jackson's dance style was a crafty amalgam of everything from Fred Astaire, to James Brown, to Bob Fosse, to any number of vernacular styles that he somehow managed to make his own. I'm worried that all we'll get from Wheeldon is a Jackson pastiche, especially given that the show as described sounds like a juke-box musical.

If they had to go for a white guy, they might have given Doug Elkins a call. 

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This musical also doesn't sound promising. If anyone wants a good idea of how Michael Jackson performed, there so much video footage. His career was exceptionally well-chronicled. 

If this musical is about his life story, well, that's a very complex story and I'm not sure a jukebox musical can do it justice. 

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On 6/20/2018 at 2:31 PM, California said:

Good grief - at a time when the dance world claims to be trying so hard to diversify in dancers and choreographers (at least the female ones), why would they go with Wheeldon?

He's a known quantity, in a field where people are very risk-averse.

On 6/20/2018 at 3:25 PM, Kathleen O'Connell said:

If they had to go for a white guy, they might have given Doug Elkins a call. 

Yup!

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Why? Why Wheeldon?

(and yes, Elkins would be an excellent choice)

Edited by Amy Reusch

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