Dance Faculty/Alum Gets Rave Review from 'New York Times' in Broadway Debut
Lecturer Virgil Gadson CERT '07 (Dance) praised for performance in 'After Midnight'
December 5, 2013
UArts Dance alum and faculty member Virgil Gadson CERT '07 (Dance), aka Lil' O, gets raves from The New York Times for his two-man dance routine with partner Julius "iGlide" Chisolm in the hit jazz revue "After Midnight" at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theater. Reviewer Alexis Soloski lauds their performance – Gadson's Broadway debut – saying, "These men force time to slow and speed. Their bodies curve in ways that would stagger Newton." The Times story includes an extended Q&A with the duo.
"After Midnight," featuring the sounds of the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, presents the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and others, conjuring Harlem's legendary Cotton Club of the 1920s and '30s. The show stars "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino and singer/dancer/actor Dulé Hill (of the TV series "Psych" and "The West Wing"). Guest stars during the show's run are expected to include K. D. Lang, Toni Braxton and singer/producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
Since graduating from UArts in 2007, Gadson has been busy, becoming a lecturer in his alma mater's School of Dance and dancing in TV commercials, on shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew," and in a number of music videos. He has taught children and adults in settings ranging from outreach programs in South Philadelphia to classrooms in Bermuda.