New York’s Group Theatre Too (GTT) will honor noted choreographer, Tony Stevens at the fifth anniversary presentation of the Choreographer’s Canvas on May 10th at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Mr. Stevens’ choreography has been seen on Broadway and in such films as The Great Gatsby and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He also choreographed for Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, Dolly Parton, Chita Rivera and many more. Friend and associate Crystal Chapman is working with GTT on Tony’s Canvas tribute by recreating his choreography from a Mary Tyler Moore television special starring Gene Kelly.
In 2008 Justin Boccitto, Executive Producer and creator of the Canvas, was inspired by Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, in which she explains that all artists begin with a blank canvas, especially choreographers. Since its inception, Justin and GTT have given a canvas to over 200 choreographers and dancers in this annual event that features all styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, musical theater and aerial dance. In addition to the choreography of Tony Stevens, the evening will also feature the work of Michael Blevins, Bob Boross, Lou Brockman, Crystal Chapman, Ginger Cox, Karen Gayle, David Guggino, Bobby Hedglin-Taylor, Becky Moyer, Lainie Munro, Sue Samuels, Caleb Teicher, Aaron Tolson, Sidney Erik Wright, Hee Ra Yoo, Eryn Renee Young and Broadway Dance Center’s teen company, AIM.
The 2012 Choreographer’s Canvas performs Thursday, May 10th, 8:30pm at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street, between Amsterdam and West End Avenue, NYC. For more information visit www.choreographerscanvas.com.
Top photo: Broadway choreographer and performer, Tony Stevens. Photo courtesy of Choreographer’s Canvas.