After making history last week as the first black woman to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland is ready to conquer the Great White Way.
Copeland will join the cast of the critically-acclaimed revival of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s “On the Town," now playing at the Lyric Theater.
She’ll replace New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild in the role of Ivy Smith, for two weeks -- and only 12 performances -- beginning on Aug. 25.
A permanent replacement for Fairchild, who leaves the production next month, has yet to be announced.
As the New York Times first reported, Copeland's jeté into “On the Town” is the latest move in a history-making year for the 32-year-old. In addition to dancing leads in productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Swan Lake,” she’s also been featured on TV’s “60 Minutes” and on the cover of Time Magazine as one of their “100 Most Influential People in 2015.”
“It’s such a beautiful time right now...for dance, and especially for ballet and bringing it to a much broader audience,” Copeland told the Times.
"On the Town" stars Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as three sailors on 24-hour leave in New York City. The musical features such classic songs as "Lucky to Be Me," "Lonely Town," "I Can Cook Too" and the energetic opener "New York, New York"
For tickets and more information, visit onthetownbroadway.com