What We’re Excited About In 2018

by Michael Mahany | 1/2/2018 7:19 PM


It’s officially 2018! With the new year comes so many new works making their way straight to the stages of the Big Apple. Dance Network has got a look forward at some of what we’re excited about in 2018.


Check out our list below:


American Ballet Theatre

Stella Abrera and David Hallberg in Whipped Cream. Photo Credit: Andrea Mohin/NYT


ABT has a very exciting season— which holds a ton of thrilling works like a production of Giselle, a Wayne McGregor world premiere called Afteright, and a whole host of Artist In Residence Alexei Ratmansky ballets— but what we’re most excited about is the revival of Whipped Cream. After a successful premiere in 2017, Mr. Ratmansky restages his sugar-lover’s fantasy world. His choreography will appear alongside respected artist and designer Mark Ryden’s sets and wardrobe, and be carried by Strauss’ legendary music. ABT describes the piece as, “a second helping of this dollop of delightful whimsy. In this fantastical confection, a young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To escape his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee, and the marching Marzipan.”


Sounds progressive and sweet! We’re in.


MORE: See Michael Mahany’s Interview with ABT’s James Whiteside from NYCB’s 2017 Fall Fashion Gala


MORE: See Kristyn Burtt’s Interview with ABT’s James Whiteside from ABT’s 2016 Holiday Benefit


New York City Ballet

West Side Story. Photo Credit: NYCB


The early part of City Ballet’s 2018 season will be a continuing tribute to the great George Balanchine. In May, however, a large part of the programme will begin focus on the 100 year anniversary of co-founder Jerome Robbins’ birth. A celebration called Robbins 100 will kick off with the Spring Gala, and in it, NYCB will honor the great dancer and choreographer by presenting a three week festival including “twenty-one ballets, six programs, and two world premieres”. “To mark the centennial of Jerome Robbins' birth, New York City Ballet has assembled a collection of some of his most celebrated works,” The Ballet stated. “The Robbins 100 is a tribute to our Co-Founding Choreographer's remarkable contributions to classical dance at large and his indelible impact on the NYCB repertory.”


The Spring Gala itself, “will pay homage to Jerome Robbins as part of the Robbins 100 — a tribute marking the centennial of NYCB's co-founding choreographer's birth. Following a cocktail reception… the onstage program will include two world premieres. The first, a medley created by Tony Award®-winning Broadway director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, dedicated to Robbins’ musical theater legacy. The second will be a tribute by NYCB Resident Choreographer Justin Peck set to a score in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The evening will conclude with a seated supper ball, where guests will dine and dance late into the night with members of the Company.”


It’s gonna be fancy! Get into it.


MORE: See Michael Mahany’s interview with NYCB’s Board Vice-Chair Sarah Jessica Parker from the 2017 Fall Fashion Gala






The cast of the stage version of Frozen. Photo credit: Playbill.com


TONY® winning choreographer Rob Ashford brings the hit Disney animated film Frozen to life this spring on the Broadway stage. The show played a triumphant out-of-town run last Fall in Denver, Colorado and begins Broadway performances at the St. James Theatre in March.


March in New York City in January is traditionally already frozen, so the musical will feel right at home!


Mean Girls

Kate Rockwell, Taylor Louderman, and Ashley Park lead the cast of Mean Girls. Photo Credit: playbill.com


TONY® winning choreographer and director Casey Nicholaw brings the iconic film to the Great White Way after a successful out-of-town tryout in Washington DC in the Fall of 2017. Previews begin in March.


March is gonna be so fetch, you guys.



Carousel Broadway. Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld.com


New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck makes his Broadway choreography debut setting the dance for this production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s epic Carousel. Theatre greats like TONY® nominee Joshua Henry,  TONY® winner Jessie Mueller and Opera legend Renee Fleming lead a huge cast of dancers, (including NYCB’s Amar Ramasar as Jigger and Brittany Pollack as Louise), in the revival. Performances are set to begin in February at the Imperial Theatre.



Escape To Margaritaville

The cast of Escape To Margaritaville. Photo Credit: Broadway In Chicago


This Dance Network correspondent is probably the MOST excited about this one— (full disclosure, my wife Sara Andreas is dancing again on Broadway in this piece!). Choreographed by TONY® nominee Kelly Devine and directed by TONY® winner Christopher Ashley— the team fresh off the TONY® winning musical Come From Away— brings the music of legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet to Broadway. Get ready to get lost in Margaritaville and have a ton of fun! Previews begin in February at the Marriott Marquee Theatre.


MORE: Read Dance Network’s blog post ‘Opening Night! Michael Mahany Attends the Opening of 'Escape to Margaritaville' at La Jolla Playhouse’


MORE: Read Dance Network’s blog post ‘Catching Up With Broadway Bound Escape To Margaritaville; The Out-Of-Town Tryout'


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