After making history as the American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American female principal dancer, Misty Copeland is headed to Broadway for another career milestone.
Copeland will make her Broadway debut in “On the Town.” The ballerina will join the cast of the musical revival for two weeks, performing from August 25 to September 6 at the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening shows, and the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees.
“We are so thrilled to have Misty joining us at this momentous time in her career,” producer Howard Kagan said. “‘On the Town’ has a long history of progressive, diverse casting which began with the creative team’s casting of Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato as ‘Ivy Smith’ in the original 1944 production, in the midst of World War II, as well as featuring one of the first racially integrated ensembles. So it seems fitting that this incredible talent, who has broken through barriers in the dance world, will make her Broadway debut in this show.”
Copeland will star as beauty pageant winner Ivy Smith, one of the women who steals the hearts of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in New York City.
Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at New York City Ballet, is currently playing Ivy. The musical also stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Alysha Umphress and Elizabeth Stanley.
“On the Town” is directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, featuring book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Leonard Bernstein.
The Broadway musical is based on the Jerome Robbins ballet “Fancy Free,” which debuted in 1944 with the American Ballet Theatre. “On the Town” opened on October 16, 2014.