The Theater: Dance of Life


Conceived, choreographed and directed by MICHAEL BENNETT Music by MARVIN HAMLISCH Lyrics by EDWARD KLEBAN

In the American musical, dance has sketched a profile of the U.S., both geographically and psychologically. There has been the rustic rondelay, a handholding, earth-stamping ritual testifying to the vernal purity of the prairie. There has been the subway serenade—urban jostle, excitement and speed. Always there has been the brassy audacity of a nation that flung railroads like dice across the breadth of a vast continent.

And the solitary tremolo has also been heard, the...

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