Gurr News : Christopher Gurr Joins 5th Avenue's Marie


MarieA New Musical, from Tony winners Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty, has announced casting for its Seattle debut, which will begin performances March 22 at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

New York City Principal Ballet Dancer Tiler Peck, who starred in the musical’s 2014 Kennedy Center engagement under the title Little Dancer, will return to the role of Marie, opposite Tony nominee Terrence Mann as Degas.

Tiler Peck, Terrence Mann, Dee Hoty, Karen Ziemba, Christopher Gurr, Jenny Powers, Louise Pitre, Kyle Harris

Tiler Peck, Terrence Mann, Dee Hoty, Karen Ziemba, Christopher Gurr, Jenny Powers, Louise Pitre, Kyle Harris

The cast will also feature Louise Pitre as Adult Marie, Dee Hoty as Mary Cassat, Tony winner Karen Ziemba as Martine Van Goethem, Jenny Powers as Antoinette Van Goethem, Kyle Harris as Christian, Christopher Gurr as Corbeil and Degas Understudy, with Noelle Hogan as Charlotte Van Goethem.

Marie, inspired by Edgar Degas’ iconic sculpture of a young ballerina, will officially open at the 5th Avenue Theatre April 5 for a run through April 14.

The creative team has done significant work on the material since its 2014 world premiere at the Kennedy Center, focusing on the relationship between Degas and Marie Van Goethem, the real-life dancer in the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera who posed for the sculpture. The new title reflects the decision to focus on the once “unknown” woman at the heart of the story.

“It feels right to honor Marie, this unknown young dancer who's actually now the most famous dancer in the world,” Ahrens told Playbill. “It’s time the world knew her name and her struggle and her triumph.”

Five-time Tony winner Stroman (Crazy for You, The Scottsboro Boys, Contact) directs and choreographs the production that weaves classical ballet into its dramatic narrative—including the use of a “dream ballet” sequence, which was praised by critics in its 2014 premiere. Book and lyrics are by Ahrens, with music by Flaherty—the Tony-winning writers of RagtimeAnastasia, and Once On This Island.

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Tiler Peck in the Kennedy Center production

Tiler Peck in the Kennedy Center production

Since its 1881 unveiling, Edgar Degas' sublime sculpture 'Little Dancer of Fourteen Years' has been a source of inspiration, intrigue, and speculation. In addition to his exquisite renderings of the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, the work has long pressed viewers to wonder just who those subjects were, and what kind of lives that they led.

Now, the team behind Ragtime, Once on This Island and more set out to answer some of those questions in this rich new musical that blends fact and fiction to bring us the tale of one young ballerina, and her connection to the famed artist.

The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years

Confounding critics on its debut, the sculpture of Marie van Goethem, one of the 'little rats' of the Paris Opera Ballet, (a name given to the youngest member of the company) offered an insight into the relationship between sitter and artist, one that Lynn Ahrens' Book describes as complicated. Courted by older, wealthy patrons of the ballet, the Little Rats and other dancers were torn between poverty and the privileges afforded by these men. We meet Marie as she stands on the cusp of adulthood, unaware she is about to become the most famous (and infamous) dancer in the world. Don't miss what is sure to be a fascinating and memorable production from 5th Avenue, one that like its own subject, is sure to conquer stages all over the globe.

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“The 5th Avenue Theatre is a national treasure.” — Helen Hayes

“The 5th Avenue Theatre is a national treasure.” — Helen Hayes

Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.

Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.

For more information on Christopher’s coaching practice and some client testimonials, click here.