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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Andrew Lloyd Webber

COMPANY : The Legacy Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Legacy Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 2243

SHOWING : April 13, 2007 - May 06, 2007

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What is Song & Dance?

Song & Dance is an unconventional musical whose first act is told in song and whose second act is told in dance. The first act tells the story of Emma, a young English girl who comes to New York full of ambitions to be a hat designer and who learns about America-and about herself-in encounters with four American men. Her story is told entirely in songs, and even more daring, Emma is the only character seen on stage. The others exist only in the actress' ability to make us see them. Of the four men, it is Joe, a young man from Nebraska, with whom Emma really falls in love, but, new to New York and not ready to make a "commitment," Joe abruptly ends the relationship.

Act II is the story of Joe's subsequent life in New York-a journey that leads him to his own kind of maturity, to a realization of what he has lost in giving up Emma and to a determination to win her back. In contrast to Act 1, Joe's story includes songs without dialogue-no words at all. Act II is told entirely, and eloquently in dance. This time, however, there are supporting characters, played by six superb dancers.

In a way then, Song & Dance tells a quintessential urban story: how one loses one's innocence in a city like New York and how, having lost that innocence, one sometimes has to struggle to get back to human contact, real feelings and a sense of one's self. It isn't a conventional plot; it's an emotional travelogue-one that brings tears of recognition from the audience. People who clearly are not English girls from London or boys from Nebraska can be heard to say, "That's my story up there!


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