Come Fly Away
A musical conceived and directed by Twyla Tharp
Starring Matthew Dibble, Holley Farmer, Hilary Gardner, Laura Mead, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Rika Okamoto, Karine Plantadit, Keith Roberts, John Selya, Todd Burnsed, Carolyn Doherty, Heather Hamilton, Meredith Miles, Eric Otto, Justin Peck
Performances began March 1, 2010
The dazzling dancing of Come Fly Away is Twyla Tharp’s latest dialogue-less and story-less Broadway show’s raison d’etre. Her last hit, Movin’ Out, had a narrative thread courtesy of Billy Joel’s sturdy songs. (Let’s forget about her stillborn Bob Dylan disaster, The Times They Are A-Changin’, entirely.)
But her dancers are wondrous. John Selye, a Tharp veteran from Movin’ Out, leads the gifted men with sheer athleticism and grace. His muscular solo turn, “September of My Years,” is the show’s highlight. Karine Plantadit might be too hammy and self-satisfied (unaccountably, she’s the lone cast member to speak onstage), but she has a pair of lithe legs that go on forever: when her male partners toss her like a rag doll during the intricately choreographed “Fly Me to the Moon.” Laura Mead and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges have the most combustible chemistry, helped by his ability to combine dazzlingly athletic moves with split-second comic timing.
Even if Come Fly Away repeats its signature moves once too often, Tharp’s celebration of Sinatra and dance is well nigh irresistible.
originally posted on timessquare.com