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Can a Dancer Put Her Own Interpretation on a Choreographer's Work?
Last Edit: BroadwayTonyJ 01:21 pm EST 01/20/22
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 01:05 pm EST 01/20/22
In reply to: That dance was horrible on broadway - dramedy 12:37 pm EST 01/20/22

I hated the dance on Broadway also. However, what Jordan Wynn did Tuesday night was more like traditional ballet, but consistent with Fish's vision. It was not Agnes De Mille's choreography, but it was in the same spirit. I could see that Wynn was acting out Laurey's conflicting fantasies and telling us a story. I liked it and I am pretty much a critic of Fish's revisionism. I had no intention of seeing this touring production, but went because my partner won the lottery, and we haven't been on the main floor of the CIBC Theater in several years. Hamilton played there for 3 years, and The Last Ship, played there prior to Hamilton -- we saw Hamilton there 3 times and Ship once but couldn't afford main floor.

According to the Playbill, Wynn is DANCE CAPTAIN and an understudy for Gabrielle Hamilton, who I saw and intensely disliked on Broadway. I wonder if what I witnessed on Tuesday was Wynn's personal re-interpretation of Heginbotham's choreography. Is that possible?

I wasn't the only one in the audience who liked what Wynn did. She got strong applause, both after the dance and during the bows.

When I saw Gabrielle Hamilton on Broadway, some folks got up and exited the theater. Before the show I was in standing room with 23 other ticket buyers. Eventually all 24 of us were allowed to sit down. There was a noticeable number of empty seats when the show was over. I saw the Broadway Oklahoma! on Tues. evening, 4/23/2019.
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