Movin' Out Tour's Piano Man Returns to Broadway for August Stint

News   Movin' Out Tour's Piano Man Returns to Broadway for August Stint Darren Holden, original Movin' Out understudy for the lead vocalist, will be the show's piano man on Broadway during Michael Cavanaugh's upcoming vacation, according to the singer's publicist.
Darren Holden in Movin' Out.
Darren Holden in Movin' Out.

Holden, who has performed with the show sporadically since 2003 and starred in the national tour, will play on Broadway for five performances, Aug. 23-27, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. (More on Holden can be found on the web at www.darrenholden.com)

The dance musical collaboration between pop legend Billy Joel and choreographer Twyla Tharp boasts most of its original cast — who have taken breaks here and there, but returned — including Tony Award nominees John Selya, Elizabeth Parkinson, Keith Roberts, Ashley Tuttle, Michael Cavanaugh as well as Scott Wise and Benjamin G. Bowman.

Producers of the Broadway run — James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig, Scott E. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Clear Channel Entertainment and Emanuel Azenberg — also present the still-running national tour which launched Jan. 26, 2004. The tour recently earned the 2005 Touring Broadway Award for Best New Musical, also giving Tharp another win for Best Choreography.

The bookless show, currently residing at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, uses Joel's song lyrics and Tharp's choreography to tell the story of five friends and lovers across three decades through love, war and loss. There is no dialogue and all songs are performed by the pianist-singer, who sings non-stop and heads an on-stage band during the show.

Following a tryout at Chicago's Shubert Theatre, the show officially opened on The Great White Way Oct. 24, 2002 following previews since Sept. 30. The new show took home the Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Tharp) and Orchestrations (Joel and Stuart Malina). The songlist includes many of Joel's hit songs and even interpolates some of his classical work. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" functions as a sort of overture, introducing the characters. The story kicks off with "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and moves through other songs as the popular "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Big Shot," "Uptown Girl" and "Captain Jack," as well as more obscure early work like "James," "Summer, Highland Falls," and "Angry Young Man." As a final curtain coda, Cavanaugh belts out the apropos "New York State of Mind."

For more information on the Broadway and national tour stagings of Movin' Out, visit www.movinoutonbroadway.com.

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