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March 30, 2009
The 2008-'09 Encore performing arts season at Northwest comes to a close Monday, April 13, with the national touring company production of "Movin' Out," a Tony Award-winning musical featuring hit songs by rock legend Billy Joel and dance numbers by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Orchestra seats cost $22, and balcony seats cost $20. Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building. To make telephone purchases, call the center at 660.562.1212 (ext 1212 on campus).
Ticket discounts for groups of ten or more are also available. For details, call the Office of Campus activities at 660.562.1226 (ext. 1226 on campus).
Conceived by Tharp, "Movin' Out" tells the story of a group of young people coming of age on Long Island during the turbulent 1960s. The principal characters are drawn from various Joel-composed songs, such as high school sweethearts Brenda and Eddie ("Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"), James ("James"), Judy ("Why Judy Why"), and Tony ("Movin' Out").
Other Joel hits incorporated into the score include "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," "Uptown Girl" and "We Didn't Start the Fire."
The show differs from a traditional musical in that it is essentially a rock ballet consisting of a series of dances with music and vocals performed by a pianist and band.
"Movin' Out" opened on Broadway in fall 2002 and ran for more than 1,300 performances. Subsequent national tours played to enthusiastic audiences across the United States as well as in London and Tokyo.
During her distinguished career, Tharp has created more than 125 dances and choreographed five Hollywood movies. She won two Emmy Awards for her television work and has received many other accolades, including a MacArthur Fellowship.
She founded Twyla Tharp Dance in 1965 and continues to choreograph for her own company as well as such organizations as the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre.
Among her better known works are "Deuce Coupe," to music by the Beach Boys; "Push Comes to Shove," for Mikhail Baryshnikov; "Nine Sinatra Songs"; and "In the Upper Room," collaboration with Philip Glass.
Since his breakthrough 1972 single, "Piano Man," Joel has charted more than 30 Top 40 hits and collected five Grammys. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Having sold more than 100 million records over the past quarter century, he ranks as one of most successful recording artists and entertainers in the world.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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