Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out Launches Tour in Detroit, Jan. 27 | Playbill

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News Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out Launches Tour in Detroit, Jan. 27 The national tour for Movin' Out, the Broadway musical collaboration between pop legend Billy Joel and choreographer Twyla Tharp, launches from Detroit's Fisher Theatre, Jan. 27, 2004.
Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp
Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp

Darren Holden, understudy to original Movin' Out lead vocalist Michael Cavanaugh, will be the show's piano man, with Matt Wilson also tickling the ivories at certain performances. Holly Cruikshank and Laurie Kanyok alternate as Brenda, David Gomez and Corbin Popp play Tony, and Brendan King and Ron Todorowski take on Eddie. Matthew Dibble performs as James and Julieta Gros plays Judy.

The premiere will play through Feb. 15 at the Motor City Nederlander house before venturing off to venues in Buffalo, Hartford, Boston, Appleton, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Denver, Seattle and San Diego.

The cast also includes Alice Alyse, Kristine Bendul, Melanie Bergeron, Christopher Compton, Kim Craven, Jason DePinto, Tamara Dyke, Susanne Gorman, Cody Green, Charlie Hodges, Sean Maurice Kelly, Louise Madison, Barrett Martin, Eric Otto, Eric S. Robertson, Whitney Simler, Lynda Sing, Michael Snipe, Jr., Eric Peter Spear and Julie Voshell.

Producers of the Broadway run — James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig, Scott E. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Clear Channel Entertainment and Emanuel Azenberg — will also present the tour.

The design team includes Santo Loquasto (scenic), Suzy Benzinger (costume), Donald Holder (lighting) and Brian Ruggles and Peter Fitzgerald (sound). Musical continuity and supervision is handled by Stuart Malina. The bookless show, currently residing at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, uses Joel's song lyrics and Tharp's choreography to tell the story of five friends and lovers across three decades through love, war and loss. There is no dialogue and all songs are performed by the pianist-singer, who sings non-stop and heads an on-stage band during the show.

Following a tryout at Chicago's Shubert Theatre, the show officially opened on The Great White Way Oct. 24, following previews since Sept. 30. The new show took home the Tony Awards for Best Choreography (Tharp) and Orchestrations (Joel and Malina).

The songlist includes many of Joel's hit songs and even interpolates some of his classical work. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" functions as a sort of overture, introducing the characters. The story kicks off with "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and moves through other songs as the popular "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Big Shot," "Uptown Girl" and "Captain Jack," as well as more obscure early work like "James," "Summer, Highland Falls," and "Angry Young Man."

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