Marie, Dancing Still: A New Musical, from Tony winners Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty, has announced casting for its Seattle debut, which will begin performances March 22 at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
New York City Principal Ballet Dancer Tiler Peck, who starred in the musical’s 2014 Kennedy Center engagement under the title Little Dancer, will return to the role of Marie, opposite Tony nominee Terrence Mann as Degas.
The cast will also feature Tony nominee Louise Pitre as Adult Marie, Tony nominee Dee Hoty as Mary Cassat, Tony winner Karen Ziemba as Martine Van Goethem, Jenny Powers as Antoinette Van Goethem, Kyle Harris as Christian, Christopher Gurr as Corbeil and Degas Understudy, with Noelle Hogan as Charlotte Van Goethem.
Marie, inspired by Edgar Degas’ iconic sculpture of a young ballerina, will officially open at the 5th Avenue Theatre April 5 for a run through April 14.
The creative team has done work on the material since its 2014 world premiere at the Kennedy Center, focusing on the relationship between Degas and Marie Van Goethem, the real-life dancer in the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera who posed for the sculpture. The new title reflects the decision to focus on the once “unknown” woman at the heart of the story.
“It feels right to honor Marie, this unknown young dancer who's actually now the most famous dancer in the world,” Ahrens told Playbill. “It’s time the world knew her name and her struggle and her triumph.”
Five-time Tony winner Stroman (Crazy for You, The Scottsboro Boys, Contact) directs and choreographs, with book and lyrics are by Ahrens, with music by Flaherty—the Tony-winning writers of Ragtime, Anastasia, and Once On This Island.
Tickets are now on sale. Visit 5thAvenue.org.