|I used to give an annual shout out to this|
guy. Larry Dalke invented the Dance Party
and promptly gave up on it.
He probably saw the monster it would
become in these pages.
I used to celebrate various holidays with DP clips, but I'm surprise to see that, looking over the past two years, I did that only four times.
|Rita Moreno's turn as a waitress in the musical Working|
reminded me of the many Thanksgivings I worked as a waiter. Confession: I actually considered using her song as an audition piece.
|Independence Day was celebrated with a very revolutionary|
outfit, courtesy of Christine Ebersole.
Speaking of Broadway, the Tony Awards inspired two entries a year ago.
|Tony winning Jessie Mueller as|
|Terrence McNally wrote a play specifically for Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons, for which they each received a Tony nomination. They both lost, and the show closed a week later. The least I could do was give them a Dance Party.|
|Is there anything more frightening than a nun with a guitar? The masses didn't care, as the ratings went through the roof for The Sound of Music Live!. Go here for my report, which included my wish for a future live presentation (complete with Perfect Casting Suggestions)|
|NBC followed up their Sound of Music Live with a truly|
dreadful Peter Pan, starring a somnambulent Christopher
Walken but co-starring current Broadway Stud Christian
Borle, who appeared in last week's Dance Party.
|Karen Morrow is one of my very favorite belters, so when she|
had a birthday, we had to take note.
As I mentioned, Deathdays also inspire entries. Being dead does not disqualify anyone from the Dance Party.
|Sammy Davis, Jr., as Mr. Bojangles|
|Moms Mabley provided the most unlikely Dance Party of the past two years, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.|
|When director Gene Saks went to his maker, I|
enjoyed reviewing his illustrious career, but
could no resist capping it with his most
notorious bomb: Lucy as Mame.
"You can't have New York City without Queens," some wag once said, and it's equally true that you can't have the Dance Party without them either.
|Manilow's gay marriage was met|
with shrugs. Show biz types rarely
get much press for coming out
There were a handful of Dance Parties which were inspired by nothing much. Angela Lansbury has made frequent appearances here over the years, so when she was Damed by the Queen, we took a peek at one of her very early film musicals. When I saw a local production of The Threepenny Opera, Pearl Bailey and Dinah Shore dropped by for a duet.
|Jane Lynch channeled Madonna when I|
wrote a bit about Glee's finale.
When the Dance Party first appeared in these pages, it was envisioned as a way to enjoy pure dance. That concept fell by the wayside pretty quickly, and the majority of entries over the years (a whopping 276 of them!) have featured musical performances which did not necessarily feature dance. But in keeping with tradition, the Annual Review Dance Party presents a clip starring amateur youngsters displaying enthusiastic talent. Here are a couple of teens who love to boogie.