Yes, I know: all the cool kids do the iPod shuffle. I, being uncool, lack an iPod. Instead, I break out the DVDs and watch people dance. New dance numbers in the rotation:
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: Michael Kidd's brilliant barn-raising challenge dance, which must be the most testosterone-heavy choreography ever created. Dangerous, too. The men are super: Jacques d'Amboise, Matt Mattox, Marc Platt (the original Dream Curly from Oklahoma!), Tommy Rall (who ought to have had a far more high-profile career), and Russ Tamblyn.
- The Band Wagon: The "Girl Hunt Ballet," featuring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in a dead-to-rights parody of film noir. Once again, choreography by Michael Kidd.
- Broadway's Lost Treasures II: This compendium of performances from the Tony Awards includes the late Michael Jeter's almost unearthly Charleston from Grand Hotel (choreographed by Tommy Tune).
- Oklahoma!: Back to the classic movie musicals and Agnes de Mille's "Out of My Dreams" ballet, with James Mitchell, Bambi Linn, and (doing his best) Rod Steiger. The Freudianism dates it, I think, but it's still powerful. Incidentally, Mr. Mitchell (who is still working) has aged astonishingly well...
- Deep in My Heart: Cyd Charisse (again) and James Mitchell (again)
have sextango in Eugene Loring's staging of "One Alone" from The Desert Song. Er. Um. Yeooowwwza. How did that get by the censor?!