Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Play trailers: Twist at the Alliance Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

The Alliance Theatre opens its 42nd season with the musical Twist, but don't get out your old Chubby Checkers records. This new musical offers a fresh spin on the tale of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and Oliver! was obviously taken. With a book by The Wiz author William F. Brown and music and lyrics from Grammy-winner Tena Clark, Twist relocates the hapless orphan to 1928 New Orleans. Twist will be directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, renowned for Fame and collaborations with the Alliance Theatre. A clip with Allen follows, and you can also see her introducing Twist at the Alliance's "Taste of the Season" preview earlier this year, and hear audiofiles of such songs as "One Day," "On My Knee" and "Reach for the Sky."

Twist plays Sep. 1 - Oct. 3 at the Alliance Main Stage.

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