Written and Directed by Rueben Echoles
From Black Ensemble Theater’s Associate Director Rueben Echoles comes a world premiere musical that speaks to audiences of all ages. Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip Hop) gives us a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes world of the newest (fictional) reality dance competition. Ten of the finest dancers from all across the country—and all different walks of life—battle it out for a chance to win $10,000 and an opportunity to tour with R&B singing sensation Justin Paul. Like most reality shows “Last Dancer Standing” has its full share of humor, tension, drama and conflict. It’s reality TV live on the stage. At the core of the show are ten dancer/actors challenged with all types of routines from hip hop to ballet and everything in between. Who will survive and win? That’s up to our live studio audience. Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip Hop) is a journey where we learn that no matter what our circumstances are in life, we have much more in common than we think we do.
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Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended "...The show, which features 20 multitalented performers, also suggests the sort of personal dramas played out backstage in such shows. It serves as a terrific showcase of dance in a wide variety of styles, from hip-hop and break moves to modern and even a bit of ballet. And it features a wide-ranging songbook, from hip-hop to hits by Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Michael Jackson and more, all played in bravura style by music director Robert Reddricd's four-piece onstage band." more...
Around The Town Chicago - Recommended "...In the current production, “Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip-Hop)”, Rueben has written, directed and choreographed this amazing story into the behind-the-scenes of a fictional “reality television show”. There are many talent shows on TV at present, some dance related, others musical and even others that are any type of talent. Each week, we the viewers get to watch the talented people, from all walks of life, do their thing in hopes of getting their chance at stardom. This show takes this a step further." more...
ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended "...Smartly, the songs were catchy but relatively unknown but were danceable. There is a reasonable mystery as who will be the last dancer standing. But, that went to the strongest dancer (in my view). There is a touch of politics, some TV racism issues that give the show credulity. But it is all about dance and these dances deliver." more...
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