Billy Joel, Twyla Tharp Musical Sensation Moves ‘In’ to Macon at The Grand
April 8, 2009
MACON – Movin’ Out, the Tony Award-winning new musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on 24 classic songs by Billy Joel, will make its Macon debut at The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, Thursday-Friday, April 23-24. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range $45-$49 and are available through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at TheGrandMacon.com.
Critics say Movin’ Out revolutionized musical theatre. “So exhilarating and soul-stirring, it practically bursts out of the theatre,” said Time Magazine. “Movin’ Out is electrifying! The union of Tharp and Joel is one made in heaven,” raved the Chicago Tribune.
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.”
The Broadway production of Movin’ Out played for over three years, closing on December 11, 2005, after 28 previews and 1,303 regular performances. It joined the pantheon of great Broadway dance musicals when it surpassed the runs of Contact, Fosse and Bring in ‘Da Noise/Bring in ‘Da Funk. Movin’ Out received two 2003 Tony Awards – one for Tharp (Best Choreography) and one for Joel (Best Orchestrations).
Movin’ Out features a scenic design by Kelly Tighe, costume design by Suzy Benzinger,
lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Duncan Robert Edwards. Musical Supervision is by Rob Cookman.
For tickets and information about the Macon engagement of Movin’ Out, call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit TheGrandMacon.com.
About The Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, is a historical 1,000-seat theatre located at 651 Mulberry Street in downtown Macon, Ga. The Grand brings the very best in live, professional performing arts and entertainment to Central Georgia. In addition to its popular Broadway Series of nationally-touring productions and its GrandKids Arts Education Series for elementary, middle and high school students, The Grand hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. It is also home to the Macon Symphony Orchestra and The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia. For a complete schedule of upcoming performances, contact Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit TheGrandMacon.com.