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Ballet breakthrough Misty Copeland to Star in On the Town on Broadway

Copeland is due to join a revival of On the Town from 24 August to 6 September, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest of a sailor on shore leave in 1940s New York.

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Ballerina Misty Copeland

After becoming the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, Ballerina Misty Copeland is about to grab another first with a debut on Broadway.

Copeland is due to join a revival of On the Town from 24 August to 6 September, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest of a sailor on shore leave in 1940s New York.

"I don't know if I know what I'm in for. It's going to be a huge challenge for me. It's quite a departure from what I'm used to. But I love a challenge and I think it's going to help me grow as an artist,'' Copeland said.

Adding: "I can carry a tune. We'll see what happens. I'm excited. I'm a Virgo and we're a little bit anal and we're definitely hard workers, so I'm going to put my all into this."

On the Town is a 1944 musical by Leonard Bernstein that grew out of a Jerome Robbins ballet that originally premiered at the American Ballet Theatre. It’s about three sailors who get to visit New York City for a single day, and features the famous song “New York, New York.”

She hopes that her role in On the Town will help her reach a wider audience than the crowd that comes to American Ballet Theatre performances at the Metropolitan Opera.

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