Movin' Out

Movin' Out
World premiere date
Premiere location place
New York, NY
Dance sections

Act I

Long Island in the ‘60s, the King and Queen of the prom, Brenda and Eddie, are finished, while forever sweethearts James and Judy are ready for marriage. Their friend, Tony is looking for  that kind of love, and he finds it with Brenda, who has become her own woman. War takes the men away from home, leaving their loved ones to pick up the pieces. James loses his life in combat, while Tony and Eddie return home broken as Judy grieves.

Overture: “It's Still Rock and Roll to Me”….The Company
Scene 1: Brenda and Eddie Split
          “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” ….Brenda, Eddie, Tony, James, Judy, Sergeant O’Leary and Ensemble
Scene 2: Tony Moves Out
          “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” …. Tony, Eddie, James, and Sergeant O’Leary
Scene 3: James and Judy Are Forever
          “Reverie (Villa D’Este)/Just The Way you Are” …. James, Judy and Ensemble
Scene 4: Brenda Is Back
          “For The Longest Time/Uptown Girl” …. Brenda, Eddie, Tony and Ensemble
Scene 5: Tony and Brenda Get Together
          “This Night” … Tony, Brenda and Ensemble
Scene 6: Eddie Knows
          “Summer, Highland Falls”…. Eddie, Brenda, Tony and Ensemble
Scene 7: Off To War
          “Waltz #1 (Nunley’s Carousel)” …. Tony, Eddie, James, Drill Sergeant and Ensemble
Scene 8: The Sky Falls
          “We Didn't Start The Fire”…. Judy, Brenda, James, Tony, Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 9: Two Bars: Hicksville/Saigon
          “She’s Got a Way”….Tony, Brenda and Ensemble
Scene 10: Coming Home
          “The Stranger”…. Judy and Ensemble
          “Elegy (The Great Peconic)” …. Judy, Brenda, Tony, Eddie, Drill Sergeant and Ensemble

 

Act II

The vets try to cobble their lives back together. Tony can’t seem to find a way to reconnect with Brenda, while Eddie can’t connect with anyone. Spiraling into a lonely existence of drugs and self-loathing, Eddie takes a tour through a nightmare of his past, projecting Judy as his guide. By chance, he encounters Judy jogging in the park, and her forgiveness allows him to finally set his life back on track. Brenda and Tony rediscover the love needed to heal their wounds. The friends reunite to discover they have all found their way back home.

Scene 1: Vets Cast Out
          “Invention In C Minor”….Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 2: Eddie Rages
          “Angry Young Man”…. Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 3: Tony Disconnects
          “Big Shot”…. Tony, Brenda and Ensemble
Scene 4: A Contest of Pain
          “Big Man on Mulberry Street”…. Tony, Brenda an Ensemble
Scene 5: Eddie Gets High
          “Captain Jack”…. Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 6: Eddie Reaches Out
          “Innocent Man”…. Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 7: Eddie’s Nightmares
          “Pressure”…. Judy, Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 8: Eddie’s Journey Back
          “Goodnight Siagon”…. Eddie, Judy, James, Tony and Ensemble
Scene 9: Brenda’s Lost Dreams
          “Air (Dublinesque)”…. Brenda
Scene 10: Tony and Brenda Reconcile
          “Shameless”…. Brenda and Tony
Scene 11: Judy Releases Eddie
          “James”…. Judy and Eddie
Scene 12: Eddie Attains Grace
           “River of Dreams/Keeping the Faith/Only the Good Die Young”… Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 13: The Reunion Begins
          “I’ve Loved These Days” …. Tony, Brenda, Eddie and Ensemble
Scene 14: Reunion/Finale
          “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant (Reprise)…. The Company

Principals

Eddie......John Selya
Brenda....Elizabeth Parkinson
Tony.......Keith Roberts
Judy.......Ashley Tuttle
James.....Benjamin G. Bowman
Sergeant O'Leary/Drill Sergeant.....Scott Wise

Ensemble

Mark Arvin, Karine Bageot, Alexander Brady, Holly Cruikshank, Ron DeJesus, Melissa Downey, Pascale Faye, Scott Fowler, David Gomez, Rod McCune, Jill Nicklaus, Rika Okamoto

 

Swings:
Andrew Allagree, Aliane Baquerot, Laurie Kanyok, William Marrié, Meg Paul, Lawrence Rabson, Dana Stackpole, John J. Todd

 

Understudies: 
Tony.......Ron DeJesus, David Gomez
Brenda....Karine Bageot, Holly Cruikshank
Eddie......Andrew Allagree, William Marrié, Lawrence Rabson
Judy........Meg Paul, Dana Stackpole
James.....Scott Fowler, Alexander Brady
Sergeant O'Leary....John J. Todd

Total number of dancers
18
Runtime
01:30:00
Other program information

Conceived by Twyla Tharp
Hair Design: Paul Huntley
Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Director: Scott Wise
Production Associate: Jesse Huot
Technical Supervision: Brian Lynch
Casting: Jay Binder Casting, Sarah Prosser

Musical Continuity and Supervision: Stuart Malina
Sound Design: Brian Ruggles, Peter J. Fitzgerald
Additional Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations: Stuart Malina
Synthesizer Programmer: David Rosenthal
Music Coordinator: John Miller
Musical Consultant: Tommy Byrnes

The Movin' Out Band:

Piano/Lead Vocals: Michael Cavanaugh
(Understudies: Darren Holden, Wade Preston)

Leader/Guitar: Tommy Byrnes
Keyboard: Wade Preston
Lead Guitar: Dennis DelGaudio
Bass: Greg Smith
Drums: Chuck Burgi
Lead Sax/Percussion: John Scarpulla
Sax: Scott Kreitzer
Trumpet: Barry Danielian
Trombone, Whistler, Vocals: Kevin Osborne

Awards

Tony Awards 
Won:
   Best Choreography: Twyla Tharp
   Best Orchestrations: Billy Joel and Stuart Malina

Nominated:
   Best Musical
   Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: John Selya
   Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Elizabeth Parkinson
   Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Michael Cavanaugh, Keith Roberts
   Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Ashley Tuttle
   Best Direction of a Musical: Twyla Tharp
   Best Lighting Design: Donald Holder

Drama Desk Awards
Won:
   Outstanding Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Nominated:
   Outstanding Musical
   Outstanding Actor in a Musical: John Selya
   Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Elizabeth Parkinson
   Outstanding Director of a Musical: Twyla Tharp
   Outstanding Lighting Design: Donald Holder

Theatre World Awards
Won:
   John Selya

Astaire Awards
Won:
   Best Choreographer: Twyla Tharp
   Best Male Dancer: John Selya
   Best Female Dancer: Elizabeth Parkinson

After nearly two years of rehearsals, workshops and previews in Chicago and New York, Movin’ Out opened on Broadway in 2002. Throughout the process, Tharp continued to restructure the show and add new material to draw out details in the plot.    

This jukebox dance-musical, set to the music of Billy Joel, follows five friends from Long Island through the 1960s, the Vietnam War and into the 1980s. The choreography and lyric text work in tandem to tell their story of loss, love and forgiveness.

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    Original Broadway cast in the opening number. ©Joan Marcus
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    Selya in "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." ©Joan Marcus  
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    Tuttle, Bowman and ensemble dancers in the opening number. ©Joan Marcus
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    Roberts, Selya, Parkinson and ensemble dancers in "Uptown Girl." ©Joan Marcus
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    Ensemble dancers perform "We Didn't Start the Fire." ©Joan Marcus
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    Selya performs "Angry Young Man." ©Joan Marcus
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    Roberts and Parkinson in "Shameless." ©Joan Marcus
Video Description

An excerpt from "Goodnight Saigon."

Full music program

All words and music by Billy Joel

Songs in order of appearance:

1. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me
From the album “Glass Houses”
Released by Columbia Records – 1980

2. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
From the album “The Stranger”
Released by Columbia Records – 1977

3. Movin' Out (Anthony’s Song)
From the album “The Stranger”
Released by Columbia Records – 1977 

4. Reverie (Villa D'Este)
From the album “Fantasies and Delusions”
Released by Sony Classical/Columbia – 2001 

5. Just the Way You Are
From the album “The Stranger”
Released by Columbia Records – 1977

6. The Longest Time
From the album “An Innocent Man”
Released by Columbia Records – 1983 

7. Uptown Girl
From the album “An Innocent Man”
Released by Columbia Records – 1983 

8. This Night
From the album “An Innocent Man”
Released by Columbia Records – 1983 

9. Summer, Highland Falls
From the album “Turnstiles”
Released by Columbia Records – 1976

10. Waltz #1 (Nunley's Carousel)
From the album “Fantasies and Delusions”
Released by Sony Classical/Columbia – 2001 

11. We Didn't Start the Fire
From the album “Storm Front”
Released by Columbia Records – 1989 

12. She's Got a Way
From the album “Cold Spring Harbor”
Released by Columbia Records – 1971   

13. The Stranger
From the album “The Stranger”
Released by Columbia Records – 1977 

14. Elegy (The Great Peconic)
From the album “My Lives”
Released by Sony BMG – 2005 

15. Invention in C Minor
From the album “Fantasies and Delusions”
Released by Sony Classical/Columbia – 2001 

14. Angry Young Man
From the album “Turnstiles”
Released by Columbia Records – 1976

15. Big Shot
From the album “52nd Street”
Released by Columbia – 1978 

16. Big Man on Mulberry Street
From the album “The Bridge”
Released by Columbia – 1986 

17. Captain Jack
From the album “Piano Man”
Released by Columbia Records – 1973 

18. An Innocent Man
From the album “An Innocent Man”
Released by Columbia Records – 1983 

19. Pressure
From the album “The Nylon Curtain”
Released by Columbia Records – 1982 

20. Goodnight Saigon
From the album “The Nylon Curtain”
Released by Columbia Records – 1982 

21. Air (Dublinesque)
From the album “Fantasies and Delusions”
Released by Columbia Records – 1999 

22. Shameless
From the album “Storm Front”
Released by Columbia Records – 1989 

23. James
From the album “Turnstiles”
Released by Columbia Records – 1976

24. The River of Dreams
From the album “River of Dreams”
Released by Columbia Records – 1993 

25. Keeping the Faith
From the album “An Innocent Man”
Released by Columbia Records – 1983 

26. Only the Good Die Young
From the album “The Stranger”
Released by Columbia Records – 1977 

27. I've Loved These Days
From the album “Turnstiles”
Released by Columbia Records – 1976

Billy Joel Gershwin Prize | Library Of Congress
Constitution Hall
Washington, D.C.
Movin' Out - Broadway (premiere)
New York, NY