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  • Movin Out Broadway was performed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.
  • Movin Out Musical featured music by Billy Joel and choreography by Twyla Tharp.
  • This production of the Movin Out Broadway is closed.

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Show Dates:
Oct. 24, 2002 - Dec. 11, 2005

Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
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Billy Joel's Music and Twyla Tharp's Choreography in Movin Out Broadway

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Features: Movin Out Broadway is an innovative musical conceived, directed, and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Using the classic songs of singer/songwriter Billy Joel, this acclaimed production, which ran on Broadway from October 2002 to December 2005, tells the story of several friends in 1960s New York. In 2003 it won Tony Awards for Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

Why We Go: In 2002, when it debuted, Movin Out Broadway was a pop sensation. Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Twyla Tharp, this acclaimed Broadway musical used the music of Billy Joel to tell the story of the characters that people his songs: high school sweethearts Brenda and Eddie ("Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"), James ("James"), Judy ("Why Judy Why"), and Tony ("Movin' Out").

  • Music: Unlike most musicals, Movin Out Broadway featured only one vocalist, Michael Cavanaugh, who, with his piano and a ten-piece band, performed Billy Joel's songs suspended above the stage while the actors danced below. In nearly all reviews of Movin Out Musical, Cavanaugh received praise for his energetic singing and his excellent vocal imitation of Billy Joel.
  • Dancing: In many senses, Movin Out Broadway was closer to a rock ballet than a Broadway musical. The actors spoke no lines and sang no songs; the story developed strictly through the highly expressive dancing arranged by choreographer Twyla Tharp. Because the actors were devoted entirely to the choreography, the dancing in Movin Out Musical was particularly good.
  • Unique Approach: While it was not the first musical without lines, nor the first set to the music of a particular composer, Movin Out Broadway was the first to successfully combine these approaches in a single, memorable play. The success of Movin Out Broadway might be attributed to Twyla Tharp, who conceived, directed, and choreographed the play; it might also be attributed to Billy Joel, whose timeless music could make any play enjoyable.

Inside Knowledge: Between October 2002 and December 2005, the Movin Out Musical was performed 1,303 times, with 28 previews.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Catch the Movin Out Show on Tour: While this production of Movin Out Broadway is currently closed, you can still catch the acclaimed musical as it tours the nation.
  • Do Listen to Billy: If nothing else, Movin Out Broadway is sure to inspire an appreciation for the songs of Billy Joel. We recommend picking up a copy of his Greatest Hits, if you don't already have one. Longtime fans will want to pick up a copy of the original cast recording of Movin Out Broadway, which features Michael Cavanaugh's interpretation of Billy Joel's classics.
  • Don't Wait for a Broadway Revival: Chances are, the tour of Movin Out Broadway won't conclude for some time. We recommend trying to catch a show in another town.
  • Don't Miss the Richard Rodgers Theatre: Just because Movin Out Broadway is closed doesn't mean that you won't be able to find an equally compelling production at this spacious NY theater, a production like In the Heights.

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