What’s next for dance on Broadway?

In 1943, Agnes de Mille started a revolution—a dance revolution, that is. As a rookie choreographer for Broadway’s new Oklahoma!, de Mille gave dance meaning. Before her, song-and-dance musicals of the early 20th century were just that: song and dance production numbers haphazardly thrown into a thematically related book. Or, as in the case of the Ziegfeld Follies, there was no plot at all. Vaudeville-style Broadway shows of the 1920s and 30s featured a montage of silly sketches, celebrity song duets and the Ziegfeld girls, a troupe of beautiful all-American chorines who pranced and paraded across the stage while dressed up as anything from birds to battleships…READ MORE

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