On the Town Becomes Family Affair as Star's Sister-In-Law Dances Into Leading Role

News   On the Town Becomes Family Affair as Star's Sister-In-Law Dances Into Leading Role
Tiler Peck, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, will leap into the balletic role of “Miss Subways,” Ivy Smith, for six performances March 3-4 and 14-15.

Peck will be subbing for her fellow NYCB principal—and sister-in-law—Megan Fairchild, in the show about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in World War II-era New York City.

Tiler Peck
Tiler Peck

The role of Ivy Smith is a young woman who only dreams of someday becoming a ballerina like Peck and Fairchild. Along the way, she gets to execute some of the most complex dancing currently on Broadway, as designed by choreographer Joshua Bergasse.

This will mark Peck's Broadway debut in a principal, but not her first stage role outside the ballet. She created the role of Young Marie van Goethem in the fall 2014 debut of the Ahrens and Flaherty musical Little Dancer in Washington D.C. She played a young ballerina who finds immortality as the subject of a masterpiece painting. 

Ahrens told Playbill.com, "Tiler’s a star, pure and simple. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone receive such an overwhelming audience response, except maybe at a rock concert. She delivers magic--not just extraordinary dancing, but honest and highly emotional acting. I’m excited for Broadway audiences to see her. As for Little Dancer, it’s her show. She created the title role, and we fully expect that she’ll be with us when we next open. Then you’ll get to see her full range. Prepare to be amazed.".

Peck also had a small role in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man, at same time as On The Town co-star Clyde Alves, who played Tommy Djilas.

She also danced the dream ballet in the New York Philharmonic Carousel concert with Kelli O Hara.

Peck will play the “home-loving girl who loves high society’s whirl" in On the Town at 7 PM March 3, 2 PM and 8 PM March 4, 2 PM and 8 PM March 14, and 3 PM March 15.

Read more about the acclaimed revival here.

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