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Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler discusses Gene Kelly

February 26, 2009

This Saturday, Gene Kelly’s 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain airs on Reel 13. We thought it would be interesting to sit down with a contemporary choreographer and pick his brain about Gene Kelly’s influence on American dance. So we caught up with Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed In the Heights, last year’s Tony Award-winner for Best Musical and Best Choreography. Andy is currently choreographing 9 to 5, which opens April 7th at the Marriott Marquis Theater.

Turns out Gene Kelly is one of Andy’s heroes. But is Kelly’s work relevant to the rest of us?

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