Music in Motion is presenting its new show next month at Savannah Center.
Opening Tuesday, Feb. 12, the production is titled “Broadway Meets Hollywood” and it runs through Feb. 14. Ticket prices are $25 for Villages residents and $30 for all others and can be purchased at The Villages Box Office and online at www.thevillagesentertainment.com.
The show features lavishly costumed showgirls in sequins and feathers who will parade onto the stage and dance in the style of Ziegfeld Follies.
“Then, the hits from Broadway musicals and memorable Hollywood movie scenes just keep coming, brought to life in song and dance,” said scriptwriter and music arranger Dianne Bolton.
Energetic stage hits “Jersey Boys,” “Grease,” “42nd Street,” “Chicago” and “Ragtime” mix readily with popular movies, such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Forrest Gump,” “Sister Act” and “Aladdin.”
Music in Motion boasts three professional choreographers: Jim Caisse, Karen Bouffard and Melissa Caisse, each with lifelong careers in dance.
“It was a huge undertaking choreographing “Something Rotten,” said lead choreographer Jim Caisse. “The stage is overflowing with the full cast of 50. It’s eight minutes of very complex dancing, singing and comedy.”
The cast of 50 includes many vocalists – and they don’t just stand there. They are woven into the production and interact with the dancers, just like in a Broadway show.
Melody Gardner belts out “This is Me” while moving among the circus freaks from “The Greatest Showman.” Gerry Sherman and Paul Young sing and cavort throughout the production number “Something Rotten.” David Leshay, David Vece, Jeri Lynne Fraser and Sally Spieth also are featured singers, and the dancers frequently burst into song.
Memorable lyrics include “Dream Girls,” “How to Burlesque,” “Hair,” “Cell Block Tango” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Costuming such a big cast is quite a challenge, from showgirls to circus performers to “Grease” teenagers to dancing nuns.
“The audience will be delighted and surprised with all the color and creativity,” said Bolton, who co-directs with Jim Caisse.
“This year’s show is the most amazing, outside-the-box musical that Music in Motion has ever undertaken,” Jim Caisse said. “The music, the choreography, the costumes are outstanding. It’s not to be missed!”