The American Ballet Theater lead announced that she will join the fledgling musical for two weeks.
It has been a huge week for dancer Misty Copeland! She was just announced as the first African American ballerina to be named a principle dancer for the American Ballet Theater, and now she has another huge announcement to make: she is joining the cast of the Tony nominated Broadway show On the Town!
The ballerina will step into the toe shoes of Megan Fairchild, who is leaving the production, to play one of the only female characters, Ivy for a limited two week run.
According to the New York Times, On the Town has been lauded by dance professionals as it, along with other musical of the seasons, An American in Paris, brings ballet and precision dance back into the spotlight. This revival of the musical is directed by Christopher Wheeldon, a dancer, and stars other members of the American Ballet Theater, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. The musical also stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley.
“We are so thrilled to have Misty joining us at this momentous time in her career,” producer Howard Kagan said. “‘On the Town’ has a long history of progressive, diverse casting which began with the creative team’s casting of Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato as ‘Ivy Smith’ in the original 1944 production, in the midst of World War II, as well as featuring one of the first racially integrated ensembles. So it seems fitting that this incredible talent, who has broken through barriers in the dance world, will make her Broadway debut in this show.”
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The Broadway musical is based on the Jerome Robbins ballet “Fancy Free,” which debuted in 1944 with the American Ballet Theatre. “On the Town” opened on October 16, 2014. The musical follows three men as they have 24 hours off from their Navy service in New York City. The trio gets into trouble when they fall for three very distinctive women who make leaving after 24 hours difficult.