Told through the choreography of Twyla Tharp and more than two dozen of Billy Joel's songs, Movin' Out is the story of lifelong friends through two turbulent decades that change them and the world around them forever. Songs like "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "We Didn't Start the Fire," and "Pressure" all come together to weave a musical backdrop which beautifully complements Tharp's innovative choreography. The songs and dance take audiences through a poignant narrative comprised of three main elements: post-World War II idealism, the Vietnam War and its subsequent unrest, and finally, survival.
Many will recognize Movin' Out's main characters, as they come straight from Joel's lyrics. There's Brenda and Eddie from "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," Tony and Sergeant O'Leary from "Movin' Out," Judy from "Why, Judy, Why," and James from "James"--and their story is told completely through dance, with no dialogue whatsoever. Movin' Out is "a story told without language," Tharp says. "The movement and the action tell the story--the experience, the emotional resonance, comes from action rather than language."