Alpine Theatre Project Celebrates ‘Broadway’s Best’ with Top Dancers

By Beacon Staff

Alpine Theatre Project add to its four-week celebration of “Broadway’s Best Week by Week” with a salute to Broadway’s best song and dance routines performed by some of Broadway’s best dancers.

The performance, titled “5, 6, 7, 8!: Broadway’s Style & Rhythm,” celebrates the style, rhythms, and moves that have defined the American Musical. It runs July 26-27 at 8 p.m. at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center in Whitefish.

“As long as there has been Broadway,” says ATP Artistic Director, Betsi Morrison. “There has been dance. The two have always gone hand in hand. We’re showcasing Broadway’s best dancers in some of the most memorable routines of all time.”

The show, directed and choreographed by six-time Broadway veteran, Brian J. Marcum, will feature classic routines from such Broadway shows as A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain, and 42nd Street. Marcum has performed in the Broadway productions of Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman, 42nd Street, Saturday Night Fever, and The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm.

ATP has brought in numerous Broadway dancers — or “gypsies” as they’re called in the business — to recreate these classic routines. Gabrielle Ruiz has danced in the Broadway productions of In the Heights and Evita. Kristin Piro performed in the Broadway production of Catch Me if You Can, Kimberly Faure performed in the Broadway productions of Nice Work if You Can Get It and Anything Goes. Rommy Sandhu has danced in 7 Broadway productions and was the main dance assistant in Mary Poppins on Broadway.

In addition to performing, these Broadway actors will be teaching several master classes earlier in the week at the Noble Dance Studio for local students.

Alpine Theatre Project presents “5, 6, 7, 8!: Broadway’s Style & Rhythm” July 26-27 at 8 p.m. at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center on the corner of Second Street and Spokane Avenue in Whitefish. Tickets are $29-$39 with student and day-of rush discounts available. They can be ordered online or calling the ATP office at 406-862-SHOW (7469).

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