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Archive for Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Burn the Floor Starts Previews Tomorrow

The highly anticipated dance musical, Burn the Floor, starts previews tomorrow night at the Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St) and officially opens on August 2.

Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will only appear in the show through August 16, so if you want to catch them, get there early in the run. The rest of the cast includes Sharna Burgess, Anya Garnis, Sarah Hives, Peta Murgatroyd, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, as well as many other award-winning international dancers from from around the world, performing until the the show closes on October 18.

And students rejoice! The show is offering cheap student rush tickets throughout the run ($26.50), available the day of staring at 10 am (Mon-Sat) and 12 pm (Sun). For those of us who no longer possess a student ID, tickets are available now via telecharge and range from $39.50 to $111.50.

Check out the promo video for the show:

I don’t know about you, but I think this show looks hot.

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Pop Singers and TV Dancing Stars are Taking Broadway by Storm

Opening night for The Wiz, starring Ashanti

The Wiz, directed by Thomas Kail, alongside his In the Heights collaborators, Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer) and Alex Lacamoire (musical director) opens tonight at City Center.

The production stars Ashanti as Dorothy, Orlando Jones at The Wiz, LaChanze as Glinda, Tichina Arnold as Evillene, Dawnn Lewis as Addaperle, Joshua Henry as the Tinman, James Monroe Iglehart as the Lion and Christian White as the Scarecrow.

The ensemble includes Raymond Bennett, Tanya Birl, Darlesia Cearcy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Angela Grovey, Ebony Haswell, Lauren Lim Jackson, Carl Lation, Maurice Lauchner, Jennifer Locke, Amy McClendon, Kenna Morris, John Eric Parker, Herman Payne, Ryan Rankine, Levensky Smith, Ephraim Sykes, Adrienne Warren, Daniel J. Watts, Juson Williams and Will Wingfield.

The show runs through July 5 (with Passing Strange‘s Colman Domingo stepping in for Orlando Jones for the final 6 performances so Jones can start shooting his new series Crash Course for ABC.)

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Dancing Cast for Burn the Floor Announced

Dancers from some of your favorite TV shows will be headed to Broadway for the new musical Burn the Floor, directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison.

Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Sarah Hives, Peta Murgatroyd and Trent Widdo, as well as So You Think You Can Dance‘s Sharna Burgess and Anya Garnis, and Superstars of Dance‘s Henry Bayalikov, join Kevin Clifton, Sasha Farber, Jeremy Garner, Gordana Grandosek, Patrick Helm, Melanie Hooper, Giselle Peacock, Sarah Soriano, Damon & Rebecca Sugden, Damian Whitewood and Robin Windsor in what looks to be a fantastic show.

Previews begin at the Longacre Theatre on July 25 and opening night is set for August 2.


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