BROADWAY & BALLET STARS RAISE THE ROOF AT EX DANCERS’ BENEFIT

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Broadway theatres are usually dark on Monday nights. But this week all that energy just transported itself a few blocks over to New York’s CITY CENTER where some of the brightest talents in musical theatre turned out to support their own.

Fittingly, stage vet ANGELA LANSBURY was on hand to host ON BROADWAY! A GLITTERING SALUTE TO THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, a benefit for CAREER TRANSITION FOR DANCERS, which helps dancers find new lines of work when dancing is no longer an option.

It was a greatest hits style celebration of dance – not only of the type Broadway adores. But also ballet and even acrobatics.

HERMAN CORNEJO of the AMERICAN BALLET THEATER isn’t actually an acrobat. But he comes incredibly close. His soaring leaps and spins were on full display in the showy pas de deux from LE CORSAIRE and his partner XIORMARA REYES did not disappoint with her multiple fouettes.

But it was the Broadway choreographer that was really being celebrated on Monday evening – from AGNES DE MILLE to JEROME ROBBINS to GOWER CHAMPION to BOB FOSSE to SUSAN STROMAN and beyond. Among the best snippets of BROADWAY history was an energetic rendering of JEROME ROBBINS’ COOL from WEST SIDE STORY. For tap fans, there was THE AUDITION from 42ND STREET, originally choreographed by GOWER CHAMPION and adapted by RANDY SKINNER.

Best of all were three numbers from FOSSE. So instantly recognizable for that jazzy style of turned in knees, hunched shoulders, splayed fingers and tipped bowler hats. There was STEAM HEAT from THE PAJAMA GAME. There was also TWO LOST SOULS from DAMN YANKEES in an awesomely sexy rendition by JANE KRAKOWSKI and CHEYENNE JACKSON.

Plus the MANSON TRIO bit from PIPPIN, featuring the multitalented BEBE NEUWIRTH.

TOMMY TUNE, the nine time TONY winner, received the evening’s ROLEX DANCE AWARD. Other honorees included dance philanthropist BRIAN HEIDTKE and former dancer SONO OSATO.

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