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Another SYTYCD Alumni heads to (Off-)Broadway as Choreographer

With all the talk of various dancers from the seasons of So You Think You Can Dance being in Disney’s the Newsies or other musical productions in the past… not one has made a splash as choreographer…

Until now.

Season 2’s Runner Up, Travis Wall has been tapped to choreograph the Off-Broadway production of Bare, according to Broadway.com.

“Bare: A Pop Opera” is a rock musical about two gay high school students and their struggle while growing up at their private Catholic school. The musical had its regional opening in 2000 at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, California before popping up again on Off-Broadway in 2004 for a one-month run. Bare then resurfaced at Houston in The Country Playhouse Black Box Productions in 2008 and has had steady productions throughout the United States and Canada. It made its overseas debut in 2010 with a production in Sydney, Australia and in 2012 has additional overseas productions in the Philippines (Manila) and Great Britain (York and Liverpool).

This new Off-Broadway revival is expected to open on November 19th, 2012 for previews with an official opening a month later in December 2012.

You can hear clips from Bare at the Bare the Album website.

The new production team will also include:
– Director: Stafford Arima
– Producers: Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment and Gregory Rae
Scenic Designer: Donyale Werle (Tony Award winner of Peter and the Starcatcher)

Ever since his time on SYTYCD, Travis has made a name for himself has choreographer for various pieces on the show as well as during the results show on ABCs Dancing with the Stars. His choreography has earned him an Emmy nod in 2011 for the following pieces:
Collide” – SYTYCD Season 7: Lauren Froderman and Kent Boyd
How It Ends” – SYTYCD Season 7: Kent Boyd and Neil Haskell
Fix You” – SYTYCD Season 7: Robert Roldan and Allison Holker

***Many thanks to reader, Leann Hoffrogge for the heads up.

June 19, 2012 I Written By

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Newsies the Musical – Broadway Opening Night 2012

Newsies the Musical opened on Broadway on March 29, 2012, and Just Dance was there to catch up with the cast and creative team behind the new Disney musical including SYTYCD veterans Alex Wong, Thayne Jasperson and Evan Kasprzak. Video Below ๐Ÿ™‚

April 2, 2012 I Written By

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SYTYCD Veterans in Newsies the Musical on Broadway

Newsies the Musical is heading to Broadway, and veterans from the FOX competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (SYTYCD) are taking over! Watch Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak and Jess LeProtto talk about their road to Broadway in Newsies (Alex Wong is also in the show), which opens on March 15, 2012 for a limited run. Video Below ๐Ÿ™‚

February 23, 2012 I Written By

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BIG NEWS(ies) scoop!

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a wonderful President’s Day, and to those of you who got the day off ๐Ÿ˜› …only kidding!!

As our resident Broadway queen here at PureSYTYCD, I like to stay up on the latest goings-on in the land of the Great White Way. News pops up every so often that gets me excited about the latest shows opening, but one bit of news nearly gave me a heart attack I was so excited, and it involves some dancers very close to all of our hearts.

Disney’s Newsies the Musical is opening next month, jam packed with amazing choreography & tons of talent, and I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw 4 of the names in the ensemble: THAYNE JASPERSON, EVAN KASPRZAK, JESS LEPROTTO & ALEX (FREAKIN’) WONG!!! That’s right, Broadway is being invaded by SYTYCD!!!

Marianya & I were kidding around…how fun would it be to go to NYC & go see the show? The kidding around turned into…well, we COULD go see the show…so we’re going! We’ll be in NYC April 5-8 & we’re going to see Newsies!! I’m in the process of getting in contact with some people at Disney to see about getting an interview with one (or some of the guys) so if there are any questions you want us to ask them, post them here!! We’re so excited to see the amazing choreography of Newsies & especially to see how Thayne, Jess, Evan & Alex have grown as dancers since their time on SYTYCD.

Also, you guys should check out SMASH on NBC every Monday at 10pm, it’s about the makings of a Broadway show & Spencer Liff, Alex, Ellenore & Thayne have all been featured as dancers! Check it out!

(Spencer is lifting up the bench in the pic below)

February 20, 2012 I Written By