Following in Fred and Ginger's Stepsmore
By VALERIE GLADSTONE
The New York Times
Don't let your skirt fly up too high," the choreographer Jerry Mitchell called out to a cast member during a recent rehearsal of "Never Gonna Dance," a new Broadway musical based on the 1936 film "Swing Time," starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. "No panties on view. This is all about romantic elegance. I want to bring back that beautiful choreography and that way of telling a story in dance."
The tall and boyish-looking Mr. Mitchell, 43, who played varsity football in his hometown of Paw Paw, Mich., began the project by immersing himself in the period and style, familiar to him from his stints dancing in "On Your Toes" on Broadway and choreographing "Follies" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J.