Step By Step is a new production being developed by ARK Enterprises International LLC, to showcase a collection of some of the historical dance numbers written for classic Broadway musicals over the decades.
There have been several compilations over the years, usually centering on the work of a particular major Broadway choreographer. We have had re-creations of the work of Jerome Robbins in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, which focused on his work with extended musical sequences from several major musicals. Similarly, the work of legendary choreographer Bob Fosse has been remembered with his dance creations in Fosse. This highly successful production again re-created routines from various Fosse musicals. And of course there was tireless work of the late Lee Becker Theodore and her American Dance Machine company, which precisely reconstructed every great Broadway dance number that ever was without concentrating on any one choreographer in particular.
Step by Step, however, is designed to bring you some of the greatest dance numbers written for Broadway shows in new versions, specially created by the new generation of great Broadway choreographers. Some of the musicals and numbers may be familiar, such as “I’ve Got Rhythm” from the Gershwins’ Girl Crazy. The song is familiar but not necessarily the musical, and many have never realized that in the context of the show, this is a magnificent eight-minute dance routine. Similarly, one of the most spectacular dance routines from a musical that lasted only sixteen performances, the “Clog Dance” from A Joyful Noise as originally developed by Michael Bennett in 1968, w
ill change anyone’s mind about forgotten musicals and their merit.
All in all, Step By Step will give audiences a new vision of the rich history of Broadway choreography.