II. Jazz Man

About

Jazz Man

 

Choreographer

Mary Ann Lamb

Assistant Choreographer

Marissa Palley

Music

I. Comes Love Performed by Billie Holiday

II. Jazz Man Performed by Beth Hart

Composer

I. Sam H. Stept, with lyrics by Lew Brown, Charles Tobias

II. Beth Hart

 

Lauren Aureus she/her    Erin Barnes she/her

Abby Rose Boldy she/her    Hailey Cooke she/her

Jenna Dike she/her    Briana Doran she/her   

Lexi Gray she/her    Lacey Greathouse she/her

Evelyn Johnson she/her    Monet Jones she/her

Bella Mittenthal she/her    Chloe ‘Buggy’ Wells she/her

Carlie Wenzel she/her    Sadie Wheeless she/her

Mari Witwer she/her

 

 

Mary Ann Lamb was honored to choreography for Marymount College a jazz ballet called JazzMan (2022) She has also was the assistant choreographer for Susan Misner and assistant choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler on the hit television series FX Fosse/Verdon. She also coached dance for the stars Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. She just also was working on Netflix series Halston doing preproduction with Choreographer Susan Misner. She is part of the Fose/Verdon Legacy and teaches master classes for Steps, Peridance and also Broadway dance in New York City.. She choreographed Mamma Mia directed by Terrence Mann at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Last season she choreographed the show Disaster for Connecticut Repertory Theater with Broadway director Jack Plotnick and star Seth Rudetsky. And danced on the VMA Awards 2019 with Taylor Swift opening number. Prior to that she choreographed the award winning production Evita at Western Connecticut State University receiving the Distinguished Choreography Award from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Awards. In that same season she choreographed Violet for WCSU. Mary Ann also choreographed the concert Tales of Love for the not-for profit arts organization Love/Art /Play. She teaches musical theater/modern as an adjunct professor for WCSU. NYU and Hart University as an adjunct. Mary Ann choreographed (with Lisa Gadja) Gypsy with Harbor Lights Productions and A Nightingale Sang at Westport Playhouse. She was Associate Choreographer for Susan Misner and Jonathon Bernstein’s, The Shape She Makes at ART Theater in Cambridge, and for JoAnn Hunter on Barry Manilow’s Harmony and Oliver at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. She’s also a mentor at Wilson University for the graduate master program for young choreographers. As a performer Mary Ann has performed in 11 Broadway shows.
She just danced for Taylor Swift in the VMA Awards.She’s played Young Claire in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera. She danced in the films Rock of Ages and the Oscar award winning movie Chicago. On Broadway she played Mona Page in Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce and in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Curtains, choreographed by JoAnn Hunter. Other Broadway credits include: Contact; Seussical; Fosse; Chicago; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Song and Dance; Goodbye Girl; Starlight Express; and Carrie. In addition to Broadway, Mary Ann has danced in eight productions at New York’s City Center in the prestigious ‘Encore series. She has played the lead role of Anna in the York Theater’s off-Broadway presentation of New Girl in Town; Lola in Sacramento Music Circus’s production of Damn Yankees; and Cerraine at Boston’s Huntington Theater in Lady From Maxims. She has danced in a variety of television roles, commercials, and films: Among these are the Oscar Award-winning film, Chicago; also Rock of Ages; The In Crowd; Portrait of a Showgirl; As the World Turns; and this fall she was honored to dance with The Muppets in their latest adventure film, Letters to Santa. Mary Ann’s extensive dance career is on display in a PBS documentary titled, Working Dancers II. Her vision of dance is shaped from working with the following choreographers and directors: Jerome Robbins, Graciella Daniel, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Kathleen Marshal, Susan Stroman, and Rob Marshal. These luminaries of the theater in addition to many others have inspired Mary Ann to pass on her artistic passion to others where she has taught dance all over the world in universities and master classes, and she is on the faculty of Showstopper Conventions. Mary Ann has taught at several of the top universities including NYU, Penn State, and Julliard. She also teaches and choreographs for FineLine Theater Arts with Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson. In the summer, Mary Ann is part of the dance faculty for three prestigious summer theater camps: The Performing Arts Project at Wake Forest University, Triple Arts, and the Marthas Vineyard Musical Theater Summer Workshop and NCSA Summer Intensive.

 

Marissa Palley  Since graduating with high honors in English and Dance from Barnard College, Marissa has been a New York City-based performing artist and teaching artist.

Musical theater highlights include Quantum of the Seas’s original cast of Mamma Mia! (Ali) and ensemble in James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed). Favorite dance performance credits include That’s Life (Mary Ann Lamb and Lisa Gajda for BC Beat 11), 8 Jelly Rolls (Twyla Tharp, restaging by Katie Glasner), Sonic Odyssey (Sherry Zunker and Jeremy Plummer for RCCL), KIMBRA at the Park Avenue Armory (Larry Keigwin), lead roles in immersive works by Nick Kepley and Vanessa Walters, ongoing performance, immersive and film work that comprises the ever-evolving Ripening (Vanessa Walters and Taxiplasm), and featured dance roles in film, Une Danse des Bouffons (Marcel Dzama) and TV, At Home with Amy Sedaris. Marissa has danced with and served as rehearsal director for Dance Lab New York, an incubator for choreographers.

With a desire to inspire and empower youth through arts education, Marissa worked closely with the Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), now Arts Ignite, community as a teaching artist and facilitator for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) and other NYC programs.