Thursday, October 05, 2006

The "dansical" is back!

Odds are if you are a fan of Billy Joel and dance (especially the creative vision of Twyla Tharp) you loved the Broadway show Movin' Out. For those who haven't seen the show, basically it's Billy Joel's music (played by a live, on-stage band) pieced together to tell the story of Brenda and Eddie and their other high school friends. But the difference from other Broadway shows is that the music and the choreography tell the story. There's no dialogue. In my opinion, one of the best Broadway shows that I've seen!

Now it seems another musical icon has partnered up with Twyla Tharp ... Bob Dylan. As of Sept. 25, The Times They Are A-Changin' started previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City, after a several month engagement in San Diego, and is set to open this month on Oct. 26. The basic plot for this show is a young man who attempts to break away from his father and his traveling circus. This show promises lots of Dylan songs including "Don't Think Twice," "Not Dark Yet," "Highway 61" and "Masters of War." In addition to dance, the show promises an added acrobatic element especially in the circus scenes.

I'm not a big Dylan fan but if this show is anything like Movin' Out then I could be convinced to change my mind!

- Angela L.

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