Senior Hip-Hop Dancers to Bust a Move in Gotta Dance Musical Reading; Jerry Mitchell to Helm
25 Aug 2014
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell will helm a private New York reading of the new musical Gotta Dance, based on the 2009 hip-hop documentary by Emmy Award winner Dori Berinstein.
Berinstein's 2009 documentary centers on the New Jersey Net's first-ever senior citizen hip-hop dance team. The film chronicles "12 women and 1 man - all dance team newbies, from auditions through to center court stardom."
Since the film's premiere, Berinstein has been working with Mitchell to bring Gotta Dance to Broadway. Berinstein is the filmmaker of "Showbusiness," "Carole Channing: Larger Than Life" and "Marvin Hamlisch: The Way He Was," as well as the stage productions Legally Blonde and Thoroughly Modern Millie, among others.
Berinstein's Dramatic Forces is shepherding the new musical along with Dreamworks Theatricals.
Mitchell is also at work on the upcoming Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet. He directed and choreographed Legally Blonde and earned Tony Awards for his choreography to Hairspray and Kinky Boots.
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