Director-choreographer Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out, her Broadway dance musical with a Billy Joel score that illuminates a story of American friends, circa 1960-1980, is sure to bring two different communities together, she told Playbill On-Line.
Fans of pop singer-songwriter Joel will be checking out the work of Tharp, a dance institution, perhaps for the first time. And fans of Tharp's dance work will be absorbing the radio tunes of Joel in a new way.
"It's a very good sort of cross-pollination, if you will," Tharp said in Playbill On-Line's Oct. 15-21 Brief Encounter interview. "It is also that both of us are interested in a larger subtotal than our individual audiences...We want to reach an audience with a kind of material that people might ostensibly think of as pop, but we're saying, hey, think of it slightly differently. Maybe it has a deeper resonance than just in the moment."
To view Tharp's thoughts on creating the new musical, click here.
— By Kenneth Jones