An original Broadway-bound musical, LITTLE DANCER is set in the colorful and dangerous backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet. The story is inspired by the life of the young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas’ groundbreaking sculpture—an unknown dancer who inadvertently becomes the most famous dancer in the world.
The show enjoyed a sold-out World Premiere at the Kennedy Center and sold-out West Coast Premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater (as Marie, Dancing Still.) It is directed and choreographed by 5-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, with an original book by Lynn Ahrens and score by Ahrens + Flaherty.
World Premiere at the Kennedy Center, Eisenhauer Theatre, October 20, 2014.
West Coast Premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, April 5, 2019.
“With melodies you can’t get out of your head, stirring performances… and a book that will intrigue and ultimately move you…this highly original musical will enchant theatergoers if it moves to New York.”
“This new tuner abounds with conviction, scintillating elements and issues to discuss.”
“…perfectly melds the worlds of musical theatre and ballet and uses those two art forms in the best way possible to tell a charming story.”
“In the age of Disney and Spiderman, this is a musical that’s about something…a radically and beautifully imaginative example of the form. It sweeps you up, carries you along and brings you to where we are today …”
Sheer perfection for ballet and musical theater fans alike – enchanting dancing, a glorious score, and a haunting and memorable original book.”
-DC Metro Theater Arts
“The subject matter opens the piece to an unusual breadth of artistic mediums, many of which the creative team capitalizes on to stunning effect.”
“Soars big time in every way. Bar none, the best musical I have seen all year.”
“A Dazzling Work of Art.”
Photos by Paul Kolnik
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