Report: Movin' Out's Tharp to Create Bob Dylan Musical

News   Report: Movin' Out's Tharp to Create Bob Dylan Musical
Will Twyla Tharp follow her Tony-winning work with Billy Joel by fashioning a new musical for veteran folk-rock songwriter Bob Dylan?
Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp

The New York Post reports that Dylan has asked Tharp to create a production that incorporates his canon of songs, which include "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." Tharp, the New York daily says, will preview some of the show next week for The Nederlander Organization, which produced the acclaimed Billy Joel evening, Movin' Out.

Twyla Tharp is the choreographer and director of the Billy Joel musical Movin’ Out; she won her first Tony Award for that's show choreography. Best known for her ballet company, Twyla Tharp Dance, the artist has created more than 125 dances since she began her award-winning career. She has choreographed five Hollywood movies, and her previous Broadway credits include When We Were Very Young, The Catherine Wheel and Singin’ in the Rain.

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." Several albums and tours with Joan Baez followed, and his albums slowly veered toward country tunes. 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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