Boyd Gaines, Rebecca Luker and Tiler Peck Cast in World Premiere of New Musical Little Dancer
By Andrew Gans
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced initial casting for its world-premiere musical production of Little Dancer, which will play the Eisenhower Theater in October 2014.
The cast will be headed by four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines as Edgar Degas, three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker as Adult Marie von Goethem and New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck as Young Marie von Goethem.
The musical features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.
Additional casting and details will be announced at a later date.
"Part fact, part fiction, and set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet," Little Dancer, according to the Kennedy Center, "is inspired by the young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Torn by her family’s poverty, her debt to the artist and the lure of wealthy men, Marie struggles to keep her place in the ballet corps—a girl on the verge of womanhood, caught between the conflicting demands of life and art."
The production will have set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Kai Harada, with music supervision by David Loud and conducted by James Moore.
During the current 2013-2014 season, the Kennedy Center will produce a revival of Side Show in association with La Jolla Playhouse, June 14-July 15, 2014. With direction by Academy Award winner Bill Condon, the musical features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, who are making revisions to the show before its debut in La Jolla this fall.
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