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Little Dancer (uncredited)

The Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer

With a powerhouse creative team featuring Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty, this world premiere Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture.

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A WORLD PREMIERE KENNEDY CENTER PRODUCTION!
 
"You know it as the sculptural quintessence of grit, grace, and love of ballet.
NOW SEE IT AS A MUSICAL!"
--The Washington Post
 
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.
 
Degas's sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen continues to captivate as one of the National Gallery of Art's most popular sculptures--and now the Kennedy Center brings its fascinating story to life in what is unquestionably the landmark event of the new D.C. theater season. 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 being 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.
 
Recommended for age 9 and up.

Performance Timing: Act I - 78 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 56 min. Total: 2-1/2 hours. 

RELATED EVENT:
Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art (6th and Constitution Ave., NW)
Degas's Little Dancer
October 5, 2014–January 11, 2015
The sculpture "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" will be presented with 13 additional objects from the Gallery's collection, including the monumental pastel Ballet Scene (c. 1907), monotypes, and smaller original statuettes by Degas that explore the theme of ballet. The exhibition also includes the oil painting The Dance Class (c. 1873) and the pastel The Ballet (c. 1880), both from the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Resources

Watch and Listen

Little Dancer Look-in: Playing Degas

Four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines talks about playing the famous artist Edgar Degas.
Little Dancer Look-in: Playing Marie

NYC Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck and three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker talk about playing the dancer Marie van Goethem.
Little Dancer Look-in: The Origin Story

Director/choreographer Susan Stroman, book and lyrics writer Lynn Ahrens, and composer Stephen Flaherty talk about how the production of Little Dancer came to be.
Little Dancer: "C'est le Ballet"

This world premiere Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture.
Little Dancer: Montage

This world premiere Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture.

Theater Look-in: Little Dancer

Join cast and creative team members from Little Dancer for an insider's look into the production.
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."
Behind the Curtain: Little Dancer Meet and Greet

The cast and creative team come together on the first day of rehearsal for the Kennedy Center's world premeire new musical.
Behind the Curtain: Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman on Little Dancer

Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere 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.

Behind the Curtain: Book Writer/Lyricist Lynn Ahrens and Composer Stephen Flaherty on their collaboration for Little Dancer

Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere 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.

Behind the Curtain: Composer Stephen Flaherty on the music of Little Dancer

Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere 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.

Behind the Curtain: Book Writer/Lyricist Lynn Ahrens on the story of Little Dancer

Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere 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.

Behind the Curtain: Costume Designer William Ivey Long on the costumes in Little Dancer

Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere 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.

Behind the Curtain: Set Designer Beowulf Boritt on his designs for Little Dancer

Set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, this world premiere 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.

Related Events

Theater Look-in: <i>Little Dancer</i> Theater Look-in: Little Dancer Join Boyd Gaines, Rebecca Luker, Tiler Peck, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Susan Stroman from Little Dancer for an insider's look, complete with lively discussion and the opportunity to ask questions of the artists.

<i>Little Dancer</i> Discussion Series: <i>Degas and His Dancers</i> Little Dancer Discussion Series: Degas and His Dancers Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator, department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, delves into Degas's rich body of work depicting dancers and his lifelong fascination with the art form that inspired him. No tickets required.

<i>Little Dancer</i> Discussion Series: <i>The Most Famous Obscure Dancer in the World: Marie van Goethem</i> Little Dancer Discussion Series: The Most Famous Obscure Dancer in the World: Marie van Goethem Art historian Richard Kendall introduces us to Degas's famous sculpture and dance historian Jill De Vonyar explores what we know about the real "Little Dancer," a story of mystery and obscurity. No tickets required.

<i>Little Dancer</i> Discussion Series: <i>The Life of a 19th Century Dancer: Paris Opera Ballet & Les Petits Rats</i> Little Dancer Discussion Series: The Life of a 19th Century Dancer: Paris Opera Ballet & Les Petits Rats The lives of the dancers in the Paris Opera Ballet are very different today than they were 120 years ago. Dance critic, author, and historian Alexandra Tomalonis looks at the progression of ballet from then to now. No tickets required.

National Gallery of Art: Inside Look: Degas's National Gallery of Art: Inside Look: Degas's "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" In a discussion at the National Gallery of Art, senior NGA staff take audiences inside the extraordinary life of Degas's sculpture through the story of its creation and its reception in the art world. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

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