If you’re a fan of the show So You Think You Can Dance, then you know that there is something special that happens when the right choreographer is paired with the right couple, under just the right lighting and in just the right costumes, to just the right song with the right storyline . . .it’s MAGIC.
This coming Sunday night, at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, that same combination of right is coming together for a brand new rock musical called The Last Goodbye, and the result is sure to be nothing short of magic. Not only is this show an adaptation of the best love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, but it also features the haunting, emotional music of Jeff Buckley (including Halleluja) and the eclectic, passionate choreography of Emmy nominated Sonya Tayeh, one of the best choreographers to hit the So You Think You Can Dance stage. The star-crossed lovers will be played by Jay Armstrong Johnson and Talisa Friedman, two young budding Broadway stars, under the direction of Tony Award nominated director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher).
So much “right” happening all in one place I can barely contain myself. Right?
I have been busting out of my skin ever since learning about this show because I myself am a freakishly fanatical lover of So You Think You Can Dance, and in particular of Sonya Tayeh’s work. If you’re not familiar with Ms. Tayeh’s work, take a peek at this quirky, lusty routine from a few years back, starring two of my favorite SYTYCD dancers, Mark Kanemura and Courtney Galiano. You will fall in love with her too (or at least be fascinated by her unconventionality.
And to catch a sneak peek at The Last Goodbye, check out this clip from their rehearsal process. I have the chills already.
Preview performances for the The Last Goodbye begin this coming Sunday, September 22nd, Opening Night is October 6th and the show closes on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Don’t miss this show!
Note: I was provided with free tickets to The Last Goodbye. All opinions are always my own.
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