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 Post subject: Adam Cooper - On Your Toes
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2002 11:58 pm 
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Preview Article in The Telegraph<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Adam Cooper, erstwhile star of the Royal Ballet, is adding an all-singing, all-acting, all-musical string to his bow<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>When it comes to sexy male dancers on the British stage we tend to like them foreign. Which is why Adam Cooper is such a phenomenon, a homegrown English ballet star with more pop to his cork than most men in tights. <BR> <BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,585-275002,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>I saw an ad for this in Dancing Times. It certainly looks like an interesting project.


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The prices are really decent too - I think there's some special day for seniors at only £1. I'm still deciding on going - Leicester is pretty far. I hope that it's successful enough to open in London or tour the UK.


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 Post subject: Re: Adam Cooper - On Your Toes
PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2002 10:11 pm 
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Short article from The Independent.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>From today, Leicester marks the 100th anniversary of Richard Rodgers' birth with a production of Rodgers and Hart's classic musical comedy, On Your Toes. Paul Kerryson directs, while Adam Cooper's choreography includes the celebrated "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" sequence.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020504001166&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B> MORE </B></A><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited May 05, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2002 11:15 pm 
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Interview with Adam Cooper in The Guardian.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Thirty-year-old Cooper has done more than most to help male dance lose its saggy-tights image, with his performance as the astonishingly sexy leather-clad main swan in Adventures in Motion Pictures' (AMP) radical all-male reworking of Swan Lake. It was no surprise that Stephen Daldry selected Cooper to play the grown-up Billy Elliot in the movie. When Cooper returned to the Royal Ballet as a guest artist late last year, giving an electrifying performance in the title role of John Cranko's Onegin, he brought with him a whole new young audience who ordinarily would not have been seen dead in the stuffy Royal Opera House. Cooper is not at all surprised that the young tend to be in short supply in Royal Ballet audiences. "Those seat prices. They are extortionate. Even I am not prepared to pay that sort of money to go to the ballet."<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020507008841&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2002 10:57 pm 
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Review in The Guardian.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Even a computer glitch that called a halt to the performance for over half an hour couldn't put the dampers on Paul Kerryson's exuberant revival of Rodgers and Hart's 1936 musical comedy, which sashays along very nicely as an unusual and teasing mix of the sexy, sassy and satirical. There are not many musical love songs that begin: "It's got to be love/ It couldn't be tonsillitis/ It feels like neuritis."<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020510001547&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And in the Telegraph.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>"IT'S got to be love / It couldn't be tonsillitis . . ." Sometimes a crazy lyric and a twiddly tune fit together with such inspired rhythm that you can't get it out of your head. There are a wonderful number of those in On Your Toes, a nutty 1936 Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hart that is rarely performed now, for various compelling reasons.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/05/10/btib10.xml&sSheet=/arts/2002/05/10/ixartleft.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And in The Times.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>THERE is great music from Richard Rodgers in this 1936 show, and dashing lines from Lorenz Hart, but neither is at his best. The most famous song is There’s a Small Hotel, which sketches a charming picture of a couple happily lost in each other’s arms, but it doesn’t convince when used to represent the feelings of a music professor who wants to get back to dancing and his songwriting pupil. <BR>But the fame of this show rests on its dance, and particularly on the final jazz-ballet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Here, for probably the first time, creating dance is the essence of the story. In subsequent musicals dance may express metaphorically the feelings emerging from the story, but sometimes it fails even to do that. In Kiss Me, Kate the frenetic leaping in Too Darn Hot is exciting yet pointless. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,685-292195,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><p>[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited May 10, 2002).]


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 Post subject: Re: Adam Cooper - On Your Toes
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2002 11:56 pm 
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Review in The Observer.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>For his contribution to Rodgers and Hart's On Your Toes in 1936, George Balanchine requested the billing 'Choreography by', introducing a brave new word to showbusiness. On Your Toes was the first ballet-musical, set in the exotic backstage world of a Russian ballet company on tour in the States. It's about the clash of cultures: pure-hearted Americans versus temperamental foreigners; democracy versus autocracy; tap versus ballet. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,713912,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2002 11:09 pm 
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Review from The Independent.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Feeling depressed, demoralised or otherwise fed up? On Your Toes, the 1936 Rodgers & Hart classic, will raise your spirits right from the start and keep them there long after curtain-down. The story - about a nerdish music professor, Junior Dolan, who becomes entangled in the tantrums of a Russian ballet company - is about as realistic as our government's plans for the health service. But Rodgers's music lodges in your brain (especially the "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" melody), the sentiments approach human truths and the dialogue crackles. "Can a good man love two women at the same time?'' asks Junior worriedly, torn between the predatory ballerina Vera Baronova and the sweet music student Frankie Frayne. "Only if he's very good,'' answers his confidante, Peggy Porterfield.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020513001022&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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<B>On Your Toes</B><BR>By Pat Ashworth for The Stage<P><BR>This is a night at the theatre and a night at the ballet all rolled into one - an electric production by Paul Kerryson that shows just how good Rodgers and Hart can be, sending the Haymarket audience out on a real high.<P>Actors and dancers are brilliant splashes of colour in the vastness of Paul Farnsworth's midnight-blue set, spectacularly lit by Chris Ellis. All the pieces flown in are huge and impressive - including neon-edged barres for the dancers and three giant towers displaying hundreds of pairs of dancing shoes - but nothing dwarfs the performances.<P><A HREF="http://www.thestage.co.uk/paper/0220/0204.shtml" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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Review in The Sunday Times.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Adam Cooper’s new show is worth making a song and dance about, says David Dougill<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre has a hit running that, at the moment, isn’t going anywhere else, though it deserves to. It is a revival of Rodgers & Hart’s 1936 ballet-musical On Your Toes, to mark Richard Rodgers’s centenary. It also marks a new phase in the already luminous career of Adam Cooper as star dancer and choreographer <BR> <BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-297469,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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Not the Adam Cooper production, but a review of an ambitious school staging:

School taps into ambitious project
By THOM DIBDIN for The Evening News (Edinburgh)

HIGH-FLYING school George Heriot's are definitely reaching for the skies by taking on the difficult task of presenting this ballet-orientated musical by Rodgers and Hart.

On Your Toes, originally written with Fred Astaire in mind, keeps any company attempting to stage it exactly there: on their toes. It contains not one, but two ballets - together with a jazz tap versus ballet confrontation - and all are integral to the plot.

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In His Stride
Adam Cooper stars in On Your Toes, combining his phenomenal skills in
ballet, tap and voice. He’s also re-choreographed George Balanchine’s
original dances. Ruth Leon for South Bank Magazine sets the scene for this groundbreaking classic.

Being good at being bad is an art,’ says Paul
Kerryson, Director of On Your Toes which
leaps on to the Royal Festival Hall stage
this summer. He’s talking about
the phenomenal Adam Cooper, Britain’s
leading classical male ballet dancer turned
two-left-feet clumsy for his starring role as
Junior, a former vaudeville hoofer who finds himself
enrolled in the corps de ballet. Cooper, known to many as
the ‘grown up’ Billy Elliot, relishes the opportunity.

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