Gotta Dance Gala to Honor Hollywood Hoofers
Directed by Randy Skinner, the show will pay tribute to dancing film stars. Among the scheduled hosts and performers are Leslie Browne, George Chakiris, Marge Champion, Cyd Charisse, Arlene Dahl, Jacques d'Amboise, David Elder, Karen Lynn Gorney, Cynthia Gregory, Maurice Hines, Mary Tyler Moore, Bebe Neuwirth, Fayard Nicholas, Marni Nixon, Robert Osborne, Elizabeth Parkinson, Rosie Perez, Jane Powell, Lynn Redgrave, Ann Reinking, Donald Saddler, Russ Tamblyn, Esther Williams, and the Williams Brothers.
The evening's entertainment will include Keith Roberts and Sandra Brown in a sequence from The Red Shoes and Les Ballets Grandiva in their version of "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat." Maurice Hines will present "The Cotton Club: A Tribute to the Nicholas Brothers," to be performed by Floyd and Faruma Williams in memory of the piece's choreographer, Gregory Hines (Maurice's brother), who died earlier this year.
Among the numbers being created especially for the gala are a Saturday Night Fever sequence that will showcase Movin' Out's John Selya, choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuhler; a tribute to dancing couples choreographed by Artie Phillips, starring David Elder; and the evening's finale, choreographed by Skinner and featuring Marni Nixon, Kate Levering, and two dozen Broadway dancers. As part of the event, awards will be presented to Fayard Nicholas, Turner Entertainment Co., and (posthumously) to Donald O'Connor. Also, Cyd Charisse will receive the Movado Dance Award for recognition of her contributions to dance.