Misty Copeland is taking her talents to Broadway. On the heels of becoming the first black ballerina to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Copeland will be playing the role of Ivy in On the Town on Broadway.
“I was contacted by them and they actually wanted me to go in pretty quickly, and it was all just ‘Oh my gosh, this is not something I ever thought I would do,’” Copeland told said. “If I’m going to be part of a Broadway show, I think this is the one.”
On the Town is a musical by Leonard Bernstein from a Jerome Robbins ballet and is about three soldiers who visit NYC for a day. The song famously featured the song “New York, New York”. Copeland will play Ivy, the female lead, who falls in love with one of the soldiers. Ivy was originally played by a Japanese-American ballerina in 1944 to make the musical diverse.
“It’s so strong and rich with the dancing, and it’s such an incredible role,” Copeland said. “Jerome Robbins was such an incredible part of ABT’s history, so it makes total sense.”
As with all of Copeland’s work, she hopes that her participation in the musical, will bring more diversity to Broadway.
“It’s kind of an eye-opener,” she said. “It’s about bringing them into the dance world and showing them that they can be part of it too, and opening up their dreams.”
Copeland will perform from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.