By Adam Hetrick
23 May 2013
|Photo by John Revisky|
Written, conceived and choreographed by Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie) in collaboration with Calhoun (Newsies, Jekyll & Hyde), the new work promises "a song and dance celebration that harkens back to the golden age of hoofing."
The cast features Racey alongside Lauralyn McClelland, Frances Bradley, Anthony J. Russo, Christopher Erk and Danny Gardner.
"All the people in the world understand the universal language of song and dance," Racey said in a statement. "Pulse explores a wide range of dance styles in American culture, using rhythm as a common denominator. Pulse melds classic hoofing and Broadway-style vocals with a modern approach to the presentation of song and dance. The result is an entirely new style of performance... The performers are also musicians using their bodies as instruments, telling a story through the beat of song and dance."
Songs in the production include "Nothing New Beneath the Sun," "Educate Your Feet," "Sweet Pea," "Pick Yourself Up," "Once In Love With Amy," "Under My Skin," "Baby I'm A Fool," "Sunny Side of the Street" and more.
In addition to his work as a Broadway performer, Racey served as the resident director/choreographer of the critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year series.