Billy Joel musical coming to PBS
Movin' Out received mixed, leaning towards favorable, reviews during its Broadway and out-of-town runs. Tharp won a Tony for her choreography, and Joel shared a Tony for its orchestration. This Joel-inspired outing hasn't been nearly as panned as Tharp's most recent take on Bob Dylan's catalog - The Times They are A-Changin'.
While the show has yet to be filmed by PBS, we can expect to see it on the air in the late winter or early spring of 2007.
Growing up, I remember seeing Tharp's Sinatra Songs and Push Comes to Show with commie defector and Sex in the City guest star Mikhail Baryshnikov on PBS. With all the TV options in the world out there, we still don't get much in the way of good concert dance, performance art or theater on television. Granted, each of these mediums was really meant to be seen live, but when you're living in the boonies, sometimes it's the only taste of the big city you get. If it weren't for short-lived PBS shows like Alive from Off Center and Egg, I'm not sure I would have discovered Buck Henry, Lou Reed, Ann Magnuson, choreographer Mark Morris and the Wooster Group while growing up in rural, pre-internet Florida. Forget me, would Joss Whedon have discovered Stephen Sondheim during his formative years without Great Performances and grown-up to give us "Once More with Feeling?" Maybe, but you get what I'm saying.
Billy Joel hardly makes for revolutionary television or theater, but at least, more folks will get to see some bodies in motion without having to tour the Big Apple.