I was so excited to see the Broadway revival of “Evita,” not only because of the amazing cast (Elena Rogers as Eva Perone and Ricky Martin as Che) or the renowned score (Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice), but because with Rob Ashford as choreographer, I knew I was in to see some amazing dancing.
Ashford’s choreography has received countless nominations and awards (both as director and/or choreographer) for shows such as “How To Succeed…,” “Cry Baby,” “Promises, Promises,” The Wedding Singer,” “Curtains,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” His style is very grounded and EXTREMELY athletic. I was curious, therefore, to see how Ashford’s choreography would “fit” on a more traditional and thematic musical.
Be sure to check out Chris Bailey‘s “Evita” rep. class at Broadway Dance Center on Thursday, December 6th from 11-12:30pm as part of BDC’s Broadway Choreographer Series.
Broadway Dance Center was thrilled to host two master classes taught by the lovely and lively Samantha Sturm. Samantha is currently performing in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway, and taught repertoire from the show as part of BDC’s Broadway Choreographer Series.
Two-time Tony Award® winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers) and three-time Tony® nominee Kelli O’Hara (South Pacific) star in a madcap tale of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys and politicians set loose in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920s. The cast features 2012 Tony® winners Judy Kaye (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Michael McGrath (Best Featured Actor in a Musical).
This brand-new musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular with a book by Tony® winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), directed and choreographed by three-time Tony® winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).
Overflowing with 15 great songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” this sparkling musical comedy combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic.
Samantha Sturm is currently in the ensemble of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Before Nice Work, she was an original cast member of The Addams Family musical on Broadway. Samantha has worked at several regional theaters including the Paper Mill Playhouse, The Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Casa Manana Theatre. You might also have seen her as the tango dancer in the national tour of Evita, and as a swing on the 25th Anniversary national tour of Cats. Before becoming involved in musical theatre, Samantha was a soloist with The Asaph Dance Ensemble.
^ Check out Samantha in this video clip! (1:50, yellow dress!)