Louis Johnson
(courtesy of the company)
Louis Johnson
(courtesy of the company)
Choreographers and dancers Arthur Mitchell, George Faison, and David Robertson are set to pay tribute to choreographer Louis Johnson with The Pioneer of the Arts Award, August 11 at 6:30 pm at a pre-show reception of the musical Dream Babies.

Dream Babies, playing August 9-26 at the Theatre at St. Clements, is a new musical by Van Dirk Fisher focusing on the teenagers who live in two fictional group homes across the street from each other in Brooklyn and who attend the same charter high school. Van Dirk Fisher will direct, with musical direction by Rob Keiser and choreography by David Robertson.

The cast will feature Manuel Cortes Alcazar, Dante Brattelli, Herby Richard Cela, Jarvis Chapman, Kate Elysia Hultgren, Sahra Jo, Laura Kate Johnson, Heather Ashley Kramer, Dorothy Leigh, Daejanae Lettman, Frank Matejcek, Bri Molloy, Vincent Parker, Traci Robinson, Sherman Rogers, Rodney Singleton, Skyler Watersend, Chantelle Vienneau, and Kaleigh Kay Wright.

The design team will include Jung Griffin (set design) and Zach Pizza (lighting design).

Louis Johnson studied at the Doris Jones-Clara Haywood School of Dance and the School of American Ballet. He performed with the New York City Ballet in the premiere of Jerome Robbins' Ballade and performed on Broadway throughout the 1950s in shows such as House of Flowers, Hallelujah Baby!, and Damn Yankees.

For more information and tickets to Dream Babies, click here.