The Story
Movin' Out
Music & Lyrics
BILLY JOEL

Concept
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 Vietnam War. The show is unusual in that, unlike the traditional musical, it 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.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
The original Broadway company in a performance of 'River of Dreams', 'Keep the Faith' and 'Only the Good Die Young' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
Uptown Girl
Michael Cavanaugh
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

Movin' Out tells the turbulent story, without using any dialogue, of five friends. The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Billy 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"). Over the course of two decades their lives, and the world in which they live, change irreversibly. The five friends graduate from college in the '60s and have their lives shattered by the Vietnam War. At a time when America finds itself involved in another messy foreign conflict, it is a piece that strikes resonant topical chords.


ACT ONE

The lives of a group of close friends are forever changed over the course of two turbulent decades. Long Island in the ?60s (It's Still Rock and Roll to Me). The king and queen of prom, Brenda and Eddie, are finished (Scenes from an Italian Restaurant), while forever sweethearts James and Judy are ready for marriage (Reverie (Villa D'Este)/ Just the Way You Are). Their friend, Tony, is looking for that kind of love (Movin' Out - Anthony's Song), and finds it with Brenda, who has become her own woman (For the Longest Time/ Uptown Girl/ This Night/ Summer, Highland Falls). War takes the men away from home (Waltz #1 - Nunley's Carousel), leaving their loved ones to pick up the pieces (We Didn't Start the Fire/ She's Got a Way). James loses his life in combat, while Tony and Eddie return home broken as Judy grieves (The Stranger/ Elegy - The Great Peconic).


ACT TWO

In Act Two, The vets try to cobble their lives back together (Invention in C Minor). Tony can?t seem to find a way to reconnect with Brenda (Big Shot), while Eddie can?t connect with anyone (Angry Young Man). Spiraling into a lonely existence of drugs and self-loathing, Eddie takes a tour through a nightmare of his past, projecting Judy as his guide (Captain Jack/ Innocent Man/ Goodnight Saigon). By chance, he encounters Judy jogging in the park, and her forgiveness allows him to finally set his life back on track (James/ River of Dreams/ Keeping the Faith/ Only the Good Die Young). Brenda and Tony rediscover the love needed to heal their wounds (Shameless). The friends reunite to discover they have all found their way back home (I've Loved These Days).

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer IP LIVE PLC
Direction TWYLA THARP
Musical Staging TWYLA THARP
Scenic Design SANTO LOQUASTO
Costume Design SUZY BENZINGER
Lighting Design DONALD HOLDER
Sound Design BRIAN RUGGLES & PETER J. FITZGERALD
Cast
Lead Vocals JAMES FOX
James MATT DIBBLE
Brenda HOLLY CRUIKSHANK
Tony DAVID GOMEZ
Eddie RON TODOROWSKI
Judy LAURA COSTA CHAUD
Creative
Producer JAMES L. NEDERLANDER, HAL LUFTIG, SCOTT E. NEDERLANDER, TERRY ALLEN KRAMER, CLEAR CHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT, EMANUEL AZENBERG
Direction TWYLA THARP
Musical Staging TWYLA THARP
Orchestrations BILLY JOEL
Scenic Design SANTO LOQUASTO
Costume Design SUZY BENZINGER
Lighting Design DONALD HOLDER
Sound Design BRIAN RUGGLES
Cast
Lead Vocals MICHAEL CAVANAUGH
James BENJAMIN G. BOWMAN
Brenda ELIZABETH PARKINSON
Tony KEITH ROBERTS
Eddie JOHN SELYA
Judy ASKLEY TUTTLE
Sergeant O'Leary SCOTT WISE
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

It's Still Rock and Roll to MeThe Company
Scenes from an Italian RestaurantBrenda, Eddie, Tony, James, Judy, Sergeant O'Leary and Ensemble
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)Tony, Eddie, James and Sergeant O'Leary
Reverie (Villa D'Este)/ Just the Way You AreJames, Judy and Ensemble
For the Longest Time/ Uptown GirlBrenda, Eddie, Tony and Ensemble
This NightTony, Brenda and Ensemble
Summer, Highland FallsEddie, Brenda, Tony and Ensemble
Waltz #1 (Nunley's Carousel)Tony, Eddie, James, Drill Sergeant and Ensemble
We Didn't Start the FireJudy, Brenda, James, Tony, Eddie and Ensemble
She's Got a WayTony, Brenda and Ensemble
The StrangerJudy and Ensemble
Elegy (The Great Peconic)Judy, Brenda, Tony, Eddie, Drill Sergeant and Ensemble


ACT TWO

Invention in C MinorEddie and Ensemble
Angry Young ManEddie and Ensemble
Big ShotTony, Brenda and Ensemble
Big Man on Mulberry StreetTony, Brenda and Ensemble
Captain JackEddie and Ensemble
Innocent ManEddie and Ensemble
PressureJudy, Eddie and Ensemble
Goodnight SaigonEddie, Judy, James, Tony and Ensemble
Air (Dublinesque)Brenda
ShamelessBrenda and Tony
JamesJudy and Eddie
River of Dreams/ Keeping the Faith/ Only the Good Die YoungEddie and Ensemble
I've Loved These DaysTony, Brenda, Eddie and Ensemble
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Reprise)Full Company

In Transit
Bring It On
Dreamgirls
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

The original Broadway company in a performance of 'River of Dreams', 'Keep the Faith' and 'Only the Good Die Young' at the Tony Awards.

Uptown Girl Michael Cavanaugh Original Broadway Cast Recording

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