Although Misty Copeland was earned her keep as the first black principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre last week, just for a spell, the prima ballerina will be taking a B-tour down [to] Broadway at the Lyric Theatre where is set to star as “Ivy Smith” in the classic musical called “On The Town.”
Replacing actress Morgan Fairchild, Misty joins the cast come end August in a two week run of the critically acclaimed show (August 25 through September 6).
Copeland has sincere hopes that doing Broadway will expose her (as a ballerina) to a wider audience with target audience: pop culture which has turned its attention to “@MistyPoint” and the world of ballet since she was made principal ballerina at ABT.
“People are recognizing that it’s not about me as an individual but about what I stand for,” Copeland told Time.
The producers of “On The Town” welcome Misty and are proud of its [quote] “long history of diverse casting,” with the role Misty’s playing having been played by Japanese-America dancer Sono Osata in its original 1944 production.
Especially considering the fact that alongside dancing, Misty will sing and act, the producers are hoping the addition of Copeland is going to give its box office sales a boost as, despite the show being critically acclaimed-over the years, box office sales have staggered.
Here’s a ballet scene from the musical and [we can expect that] @MistyOnPointe will certainly be-on point when she steps to the role:
Tap in below to check out Misty’s interview with ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo she did this week where she talks about her dream come true as principal dancer, her childhood, her obstacles and triumphs–as well as her guilty junk food pleasure (yes, she has those too!).