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Ballet dancer switches genres for Broadway debut

One of the most exciting people making her Broadway debut this season is a powerful and skilled dancer, but not used to doing it in heels. Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet, has traded in her delicate pointe shoes for more clunky T-strap pumps for a new revival of “On the Town.” “The heels are something to get used to,” she said good-naturedly backstage while wolfing down chicken teriyaki during a rare break in her 12-hour-a-day rehearsals at the Lyric Theatre, kansas.com reports. “It’s a learning curve.”
Performing on Broadway was never really on the 30-year-old’s radar, though she likes to see shows, her mom is mad about musical theater and she grew up watching Gene Kelly movies. “It fell out of the sky, I wasn’t looking for it, and I felt like I would be stupid to not take this opportunity,” said the Utah-raised dancer. “What a fun world to be a part of.” “On the Town,” which was made into a 1949 film starring Kelly and Frank Sinatra, centers on three sailors on shore leave in the city looking for love. One finds it with Fairchild’s character, a model crowned Miss Subways.
The part requires her to do things she never does at the ballet: speak lines and sing a little, which makes her laugh. “It’s scary to hear myself even talk on a microphone, so singing is like ridiculous,” she said.

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