Variety reports that Christopher d'Amboise, Scott Wise and Peter Pucci are all at work on productions that employ dance as the primary means to tell a story. D'Amboise, who was seen on Broadway opposite Bernadette Peters in Song & Dance, has titled his show The Studio. "I've always been fascinated with the dance studio, looking behind the doors, and showing what the general public doesn't see," d'Amboise told Variety. A workshop of the piece was recently produced by Emanuel Azenberg, Ira Pittelman and Ben Sprecher, who may mount the show at the Little Shubert Theatre. The Studio, which features dancing but no singing, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the New York dance world as it tells the story of a very well-known choreographer with an unknown private life. At work on a new ballet, the choreographer works with two dancers — a weathered veteran and an eager newcomer.
Peter Pucci's Sport was first seen in 1999 at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea. The work, performed to a mix of standards, has since been expanded and was recently workshopped in New York City. Sport, according to Variety, "takes the essence of various sports and reinterprets each in choreographic fashion . . . a home run is heightened to last 10 minutes on stage." Pucci, who compares his show to such long-running Off-Broadway hits as Blue Man Group and Stomp, told the industry paper, "I want to do synchronized swimming, but suspend the dancers in air with harnesses."
In February 2005, a workshop of Scott Wise's The Game — produced by Avenue Q's Vicki Halmos and Sonny Everett — will be presented in Manhattan. Tony Award winner Wise, who is both a star and the assistant director-choreographer of Movin' Out, says his show concerns "a man's life, from conception to death, and how fear is such a factor in moving us forward and evolving." The Game, which will require its dancers to sing, features a score by Wise, Tommy Byrnes, Chuck Burghi and Amy and Elaine Goff.