Following the success of his production of Broadway Backstage at On Stage at Kingsborough, director Daniel C. Levine is now preparing to debut his next musical GOTTA DANCE! at the Brooklyn performance venue.
“It’s meant to take the audience on a journey through the evolution of dance on Broadway as performed by six of the top choreographers currently working in the industry,” Levine explained.
Through a series of biographical video clips, providing a backstage look at the historical progression of dance, performers will recreate legendary dance routines for a firsthand look at the Broadway art.
“I wanted to make it more personal and take the audience through a journey of what it means to be an actor,” he said.
In anticipation of the debut on November 22, Levine is working on the finishing touches with his seasoned cast of choreographers.
Mark Myers, from Wicked and If/Then, is the lead choreographer on the show, and Bryan Perri, from Wicked and Alter Boyz, has been tapped to be the musical director.
Levine started his Broadway career as an actor in the ‘90s in Les Miserables. Since then he has also seen significant Broadway success in his roles in Chicago, Mama Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror Show, Tommy, Little Shop of Horrors and more.
“In between the shows I would do concerts with symphonies in theaters all around world,” he said. “As I was doing these concerts, I said, people are just hungry for fantastic Broadway singers and Broadway stories.”
Anna Becker, executive director at On Stage At Kingsborough, first approached Levine about putting together the performance of GOTTA DANCE! after she saw the success of his previous production of Broadway Backstage.
“Since then, Dan and I have been in conversation a lot because he’s so talented and really puts together great shows,” Becker said.
After taking her role as the lead of On Stage at Kingsborough back in the summer of 2010, Becker has been focused on finding work, “that can’t be found anywhere else.”
“We really try to make a lot of our programming unique,” she said. “This is something that I have put forward as our mission.”
Levine said he currently has roughly 10 shows booked after their performance this November, however he added that right now, he is just looking forward to how his show is received in Brooklyn.
“I’m thrilled and honored to do it in Brooklyn because of the way the audience just responds,” Levine said. “There is that savviness and the theater appreciation of a Brooklyn audience that you just don’t get anywhere else.”
Tickets for GOTTA DANCE! are available at the On Stage at Kingsborough box office on Oriental Boulevard and Oxford Street, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone at (718) 368-5596 or online at here