Behind the Curtain: Patrick McDonnell on The Gift of Nothing
Go behind the curtain of the Kennedy Center's production of The Gift of Nothing with author and cartoonist Patrick McDonnell, creator of MUTTS.
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Play video Behind the Curtain: Choreographer Warren Carlyle of Follies
Behind the Curtain: Choreographer Warren Carlyle of Follies
Choreographer Warren Carlyle discusses his role in the Kennedy Center production of "Follies", and the legacy of original choreographer Michael Bennett.
Play video Behind the Curtain: Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman on Little Dancer
Behind the Curtain: Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman on Little Dancer
Part fact, part fiction, and set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of Marie van Goethem, a young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Torn by her family's poverty, her debt to the artist, and the lure of wealthy men, she struggles to keep her place in the corps de ballet--a girl on the verge of womanhood, caught between the conflicting demands of life and art. Starring four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines (Gypsy, The Heidi Chronicles) as Edgar Degas, three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins, The Music Man) as adult Marie, and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck as young Marie, the musical is penned by the Tony Award–winning team of book and lyrics writer Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Rocky), with direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!). Additional casting includes Polly Baird, Wendi Bergamini, Lauren Blackman, Sophia Anne Caruso, Janet Dickinson, Juliet Doherty, Nina Goldman, Kyle Harris, Seán Martin Hingston, Jolina Javier, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, James A. Pierce III, Jenny Powers, Katelyn Prominski, Michele Ragusa, John Riddle, Amy Ruggiero, Joseph J. Simeone, Justin Urso, Lyrica Woodruff, and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba.
Play video Behind the Curtain: Little Dancer Photoshoot with Tiler Peck
Behind the Curtain: Little Dancer Photoshoot with Tiler Peck
New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck stars as Young Marie in the Kennedy Center's world premiere musical "Little Dancer." Inspired by Edgar Degas's world-famous sculpture "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," the musical also stars Rebecca Luker (Adult Marie) and Boyd Gaines (Edgar Degas), with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, and direction by Susan Stroman. "Little Dancer" played at the Kennedy Center in October of 2014.
Play video Behind the Curtain: Disney's The Lion King
Behind the Curtain: Disney's The Lion King
Go behind the curtain of Disney's The Lion King with Head Carpenter Billy Kimbley and learn about Pride Rock, the centerpiece of the show.
Play video Behind the Curtain: War Horse - Joey the Horse
Behind the Curtain: War Horse - Joey the Horse
A member of Handspring Puppet Company demonstrates the abilities of Joey the horse.
Play video Behind the Curtain: Side Show - Costumes and Makeup
Behind the Curtain: Side Show - Costumes and Makeup
Go behind the curtain of the Kennedy Center's new production of "Side Show" and learn about the Side Show Attractions and the actors that portray them as well as the costumes (Paul Tazewell), makeup (Cookie Jordan), and prosthetics (Dave and Lou Elsey). Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon ("Chicago," "Dreamgirls"), this reimagining of the hit musical follows the story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, as they grow from circus attraction to famous stage performers.