The program for City Center's upcoming gala concert, "Shall We Dance: A Tribute to Richard Rodgers," on Oct. 21 (7 PM) was recently announced.
Presented by Career Transition for Dancers, the 8th Annual "Next Step Gala" will be directed by Donald Saddler and will star La Chanze, Sandy Duncan, Frederic Franklin, Dana Moore, Dirk Lombard, Karen Ziemba, Mercedes Ellington, Frederic Franklin, Wendee Lee Curtis, Karen Callaway-Williams and Chicago Tony winners Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking. Several dance companies will also be a part of the evening, including American Ballet Theatre, AntiGravity, Dance Times Square, Jennifer Muller/The Works, National Dance Institute, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, New York City Ballet, Ohio Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Tony Monte will serve as the concert's musical director.
As of press time, the program for "Shall We Dance" follows:
Opening Remarks: Bebe Neuwirth
"Shall We Dance": National Dance Institute
Pas de deux from Carousel: American Ballet Theatre (Sandra Brown and Isaac Stappas)
Excerpt from Slaughter on 10th Avenue: New York City Ballet (Damian Woetzel and Maria Kowroski)
Excerpt from Ghost Town Introduced by Frederic Franklin and danced by Ohio Ballet
"Ten Cents a Dance": Sandy Duncan and Don Correa
"You'll Never Walk Alone": La Chanze and AntiGravity (Mam Smith) "The Sweetest Sounds": Karen Ziemba and Dance Times Square (Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith)
"Blue Moon": Jennifer Muller/The Works
"My Funny Valentine": Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (Sandra Brown and Marcello Gomez)
Babes in Arms' "All Dark People Is Light on Their Feet": Introduced by Mercedes Ellington and danced by Wendee Lee Curtis, Karen Callaway-Williams and the New Jersey Tap Teen Ensemble
Victory at Sea's "Beneath the Southern Cross": San Francisco Ballet (Lorena Feijoo and Damian Smith)
Closing Remarks: Bebe Neuwirth
A benefit for Career Transition for Dancers — which helps dancers establish new careers when dance is no longer an option — the gala event will include Richard Rodgers dance classics as well as new works set to Rodgers' music. A selection from Rodgers' only ballet, Ghost Town, will be featured. Tickets for the performance only are priced at $40, $55 and $75 and may be purchased by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or 1-877-581-1212. Those interested in attending the performance and the gala should call Michael Weiss or Gary Tigner at (212) 582-6690; gala tickets range from $550 to $1,000. City Center is located on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
—By Andrew Gans