A few days after she made history, becoming the first African American woman to be named Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland is taking her ballerina skills to Broadway this summer, making her debut, joining the cast of the musical, “On the Town” – but only for a 2-week run that will begin on August 25.
She’ll be playing a New York City Ballet principal dancer named Ivy.
“On the Town” is a musical that is actually based on an idea for a 1944 ballet titled “Fancy Free,” by Jerome Robbins, and introduced several popular classic songs, like “New York, New York,” and others. The story follows 3 American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during WWII. Each of them meets and quickly connects with a woman.
First produced on Broadway in 1944, the show has been revived several times since then.
In an interview with the New York Times, Copeland said: “It’s such a beautiful time right now, I think, for dance, and especially for ballet and bringing it to a much broader audience… I always say that it has changed my life, and it’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of – and I think people are realizing that, a new generation is realizing that. It’s so exciting.”
I’d assume that her addition to the “On the Town” cast will probably give a boost to the show’s ticket sale at the box office, even if for only those 2 weeks that she’ll be featured, as interest in, and awareness of Ms Copeland are the highest they’ve ever been since she was just an Apprentice.