Dancing in Two Different Worlds

Ever since the pioneering dance play "Contact" hit the Great White Way in 2000, the notion of a Broadway musical has expanded to include shows that resemble evenings of pure concert dance. With this innovation has come an influx of concert-dance performers and choreographers to Broadway, where they have been strutting their stuff in traditional musicals as well as these genre-defying dance-theater productions.Maverick modern-dance choreographer Twyla Tharp thrilled Broadway audiences with her 2002 hit dance musical "Movin' Out," in which a cast of concert dancers performed to Billy Joel songs. In her latest Broadway outing, "Come Fly Away," Tharp has concocted a full evening of dazzling choreography to the songs of Frank Sinatra. A "danced-through" musical, "Come Fly Away" is performed by distinguished terps from the concert stage, some of whom are making their first foray onto Broadway. Back Stage recently spoke with seven of the show's principal performers to find
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