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Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp (2002).
Photo by Pete Souza (?).
In 2002, Billy Joel's songs were featured in a Broadway musical, Movin' Out. As stated in Wikipedia: "Conceived by Twyla Tharp, the musical tells the story of a generation of American youth growing up on Long Island during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vientam War. The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Joel tunes: high school sweethearts Brenda and Eddie ("Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"), James ("James"), Judy ("Why Judy Why"), and Tony (Anthony in "Movin' Out"). The show is unusual in that, unlike the traditional musical essentially is a series of dances linked by a thin plot, and none of the dancers sing. All the vocals are performed by a pianist and band suspended on a platform above the stage while the dancers act out the narrative sans dialogue, making the show, in essence, a rock ballet."
Tommy Byrnes, lead guitarist for the Billy Joel band, was the musical consultant for Movin' Out and put together the band for the Broadway musical which included drummer Chuck Burgi. Burgi would eventually join Billy's band. The songs were sung by Michael Cavanagh for most performances as well as by Wade Preston.
The first national tour of Movin' Out ran for three years, opening on January 27, 2004 and ending on January 21, 2007 after 1,111 performances. The tour also played to generally excellent reviews and full houses in 82 U.S. cities. (Click here for review).
1. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
2. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
3. Reverie (Villa D'Este)
4. Just the Way You Are
5. The Longest Time
6. Uptown Girl
7. This Night
8. Summer, Highland Falls
9. Waltz #1 (Nunley's Carousel)
10. We Didn't Start the Fire
11. She's Got a Way
12. The Stranger
13. Elegy for the Fisherman
14. Invention in C Minor
15. Angry Young Man
16. Big Shot
17. Big Man on Mulberry Street
18. Captain Jack
19. An Innocent Man
21. Goodnight Saigon
22. Air (Dublinesque)
25. The River of Dreams/Keeping The Faith/ Only the Good Die Young
29. I've Loved These Days
30. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Reprise)
This is a YouTube playlist of "Movin' Out," the original Broadway cast recording (2002), and other tracks. Click on the icon in the upper left corner for a track list.
Performance from the 2003 Tony Awards (River of Dreams/Keeping the Faith/Only the Good Die Young)
Full musical (audience shot)
Michael Cavanagh performs at a Billy Joel concert.
Billy Joel went onstage for the final Broadway performance of "Movin' Out."
Performance from Gershwin Award Ceremony (2015)
Photo: Billy Joel, Twyla Tharp and others celebrate.
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