I read in the New Yorker that Twyla Tharp recently choreographed a new compilation of dance programs to Bob Dylan’s music in a similar fashion to what she did for Billy Joel’s music with “Movin’ Out,” called a musical but IMHO false advertising.
I’m a Billy Joel fan and a performing arts lover, and I went to see “Movin’ Out” expecting something closer to “Mamma Mia”, the musical made up of Abba songs. I was disappointed to find the complete lack of dialogue and even greater lack of plot. “Movin’ Out” would’ve been fine performed as a modern dance program but I reject that it could be called a musical. With my expectations set improperly, I kept waiting for dialogue and story. Had I known it was all dance, I would’ve come into it with a much different attitude (and I probably wouldn’t have paid as much for seats.) I enjoyed it, but not in the way I would’ve enjoyed a real musical.
Now, Tharp is doing the same thing – supposedly Dylan approached her for this – called “The Times They Are A-Changin” and it’s reportedly more like Cirque du Soleil than anything else. I’d go see it, but I’m not paying Broadway prices again for something that should be performed on a dance stage.