PHOTO CALL: Christine Baranski, Kelli Barrett, Walter Bobbie, Shonn Wiley, Irina Dvorovenko Celebrate Encores! On Your Toes
13 May 2013
City Center's production of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s On Your Toes, the final Encores! presentation of the 2012-13 New York City Center season, played May 8-12 at the famed New York venue. The cast celebrated with a party following the Sunday closing performance.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, On Your Toes boasted guest music direction by Encores! founding music director Rob Fisher and continues through May 12. The "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet, originally choreographed by George Balanchine, was staged here by Susan Pilarre, who served as a Ballet Mistress of the show’s 1983 Broadway revival.
On Your Toes, according to press notes, is "an improbable mix of gangsters, vaudeville and classical ballet [that] was the first musical to successfully integrate classical dance into the Broadway musical format. It tells the story of Junior, a vaudeville hoofer (Shonn Wiley) who gets mixed up with a classical Russian Ballet troupe, and Vera, the troupe’s fiery prima ballerina (Irina Dvorovenko). When the ballet’s leading dancer cannot go on, Junior steps in to save the day. But Vera’s jealous boyfriend (Joaquin De Luz) tries to have him killed during the performance, and he must literally dance for his life."
On Your Toes has a book by George Abbott, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; music by Rodgers and lyrics by Hart. The original production starred Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva and Monty Woolley. Choreographed by Balanchine, it was the first Broadway musical to credit a choreographer (as opposed to "dance maker"). It opened April 11, 1936, at the Imperial Theatre and ran for 315 performances. Songs include "Glad to be Unhappy," "There’s A Small Hotel" and the legendary ballet "laughter on Tenth Avenue."
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