New Tharp/Dylan Project Titled The Times They Are A-Changin'
By Robert Simonson
The upcoming Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan project has been christened The Times They Are A-Changin'—the title of one of Dylan's best known songs.
In the Dylan venture, Tharp directs and choreographs the music of the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. "The worlds of theatre and dance" will connect to tell a new story "with the groundbreaking songs of one of America's rock music icons," according to Old Globe press materials.
Justin Bohon, the Will Parker of the recent Broadway revival of Oklahoma!, and Jenn Colella, lately of Urban Cowboy, are expected to be part of the cast. No actors have been officially announced for the show.
Dylan is the iconic folk and rock musician who authored and sang such classics as "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Positively 4th Street," "Just Like a Woman," and "Mr. Tambourine Man."
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in May 1941, Bob Dylan began performing in Minneapolis clubs in 1959. Shortly after, he moved to New York and in 1961 was signed by Columbia Records, who released his first album. The following year saw the release of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which includes the sixties anthem "Blowin' in the Wind." Almost instantaneously, Dylan became an idol and symbol of that decade's rebellious, nonconformist generation. His fans extolled his songs as modern poetry, while his critics mocked his distinctively rasping, atonal singing style. Several classic albums ("Blonde on Blonde," "Nashville Skyline," "Bringing It All Back Home," "Highway 61 Revisited") and tours followed. In 1967, he was the subject of the famed documentary "Don't Look Back." Later on, his albums slowly veered toward country and then rock music. He even released a fundamentalist Christian album, "Slow Train Coming," which won Dylan his first Grammy Award. He was recently awarded the Kennedy Center Award for artistic excellence.
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