Rebecca Luker Cast in New Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty Musical Little Dancer
By Andrew Gans
Three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker will be part of the cast of the Kennedy Center's world-premiere original musical Little Dancer, which features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens and music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty, the team responsible for Ragtime and Once On This Island, among others.
Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, performances will begin in October 2014 in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater.
Luker, a three-time Tony Award nominee for Mary Poppins, The Music Man and Show Boat who appeared in the Kennedy Center's 2002 revival of Passion, revealed the news June 9 on the Tony Awards red carpet. The acclaimed singing actress told NY1, "I'm going to be doing The Little Dancer - Susan Stroman [is] directing it. Ahrens and Flaherty wrote the beautiful score. I hope it's on Broadway - we don't know. It starts at the Kennedy center about a year-and-a-half from now."
No official casting has been announced for the upcoming production.
"Part fact, part fiction, and set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet," Little Dancer, according to the Kennedy Center, is "inspired by the young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Torn by her family’s poverty, her debt to the artist and the lure of wealthy men, Marie struggles to keep her place in the ballet corps—a girl on the verge of womanhood, caught between the conflicting demands of life and art."
Ahrens and Flaherty said in a previous statement, “It feels as if our Little Dancer is about to step off her pedestal at the National Gallery of Art and spring to life on stage. We're delighted to be returning to the Kennedy Center with a brand new musical.”
“I am happy the last major musical production of my tenure at the Kennedy Center will be a new work with such a talented creative team,” stated Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser. “I look forward to working with Lynn, Stephen, and Susan in the months ahead.”
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