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 Post subject: "Movin' Out" in London
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Movin' Out is about to cross the Atlantic it seems. A full-page advertisement in tonight's Evening Standard announces a 17-week London season for this musical from 28th March 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.


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West End braced for Billy Joel hits show
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Billy Joel’s hits will be coming to the London stage in March, in a Tony award-winning musical that has grossed more than $100 million in its three years on Broadway.

Movin’ Out is directed and choreographed by the double Emmy award-winning Twyla Tharp.

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Will we dance to Billy's tunes?
by ADAM SWEETING for the Daily Telegraph

Not that Joel needed to soak himself too thoroughly in the disciplines of Broadway, since it was Twyla Tharp who did most of the heavy lifting.

She approached Joel with the idea for Movin' Out, envisaging a show without dialogue, where the narrative would be enacted entirely through dance while a band played 24 of Joel's songs.

"I'd been asked to consider other Broadway presentations of my music, but they'd always been too predictable. I liked the way the dance would be interpretive rather than literal.

published: March 29, 2006
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Saigon the springboard for dances with drama
by DEBRA CRAINE for the Australian

Tharp, who conceived, choreographed and directed Movin' Out, is bullish on the subject of its identity.

"It has a narrative, it has characters and it has a theme, but it's not a book musical and it doesn't have scenes that segue into production numbers," she says. "Was I tempted to have dialogue? No, I didn't think it was necessary. Billy Joel has such a great sense of character in his music and he's a good storyteller. The challenge was to adapt his gift for narrative for the stage. If I can accomplish that in a different format, does it matter if it's a musical or not?"

published: April 10, 2006
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Movin' Out
by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian

As plots go this is hardly novel, but Tharp not only tells it with model clarity but with ensembles that range from fluent classical ballet to savagely, visceral evocations of war. Her choreography is light years beyond the Broadway average. The dancing too is spectacular, especially from Rod Todorowski who dances Eddie with such self-flagellating virtuosity you barely notice that no dialogue has been spoken.

published: April 11, 2006
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SOPHIE HEAWOOD interviewed Ricky Dale, Billy Joel impersonator, on the West End dance musical Movin' Out.
"Another view" in the Guardian (April 12, 2006)


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Moving’ Out, Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
by ALASTAIR MACAULAY for the Financial Times

Nonetheless, Movin’ Out passes as a sensation. The plot is a thinner excuse for dancing than the feeblest 19th-century ballet (I speak as one who has seen Nathalie, or the Swiss Milkmaid) and there are as many examples of virtuoso spinning and jumping and acrobatics as are to be found in entire ballet galas. But here this bravura is also repellent.

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Movin' Out, Apollo Victoria, London
by ZOE ANDERSON for the Independent

The plot leads Tharp into some very silly scenes. Chorus-boy soldiers find that war is hell in the Vietnam sequence. One dies in combat, prompting his loyal girlfriend to make an unexpected appearance on the battlefield, still wearing her neat white gloves.

published: April 12, 2006
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Movin’ Out
By Lisa Martland for The Stage

It is likely many a theatregoer will assume this Broadway export follows the Mamma Mia! formula - a string of hits made famous by the same artist, all tied together by a flimsy libretto. In this case, though, they would be wrong. Movin’ Out should not even be billed as a musical, instead it is an electrifying dance show, inspired by the substantial songwriting talent of Billy Joel.

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by LUKE JENNINGS for the Observer

Tharp is first and foremost a choreographer of optimism and as long as the action is on the sunny side of the street, her routines sing. But she's no Bob Fosse.

published: April 16, 2006
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by KATE BASSETT for the Independent

Now, it has to be said the scaffolding set is pretty crummy, relying heavily on banks of brash whirling lights which are meant to make you think the whole thing is blinding.

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"Movin' Out" is ....movin' out:

The battle of the Billy's: Elliot vs Joel....
By Paul Shenton for The stage

I was in Victoria twice over the weekend: first, on Friday, to join the celebrations for Billy Elliot’s first birthday (at a performance that saw a remarkable reunion for the three boys who originally shared the title role between them on different performances, now sharing the role between them in the same one!), and then again on Saturday to see Movin’ Out again across the street, before it departs early next week

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