So who's got an opinion on the state of dance in musical theater? This is not my forte, but that doesn't stop me from having an opinion. There's a reason I ate Susan Stroman once upon a time--I was pretty goddamned sick of seeing people flipping around in Oklahoma!. I wanted them to just stay on the floor for a few bars and maybe do some nice footwork. Jerry Mitchell rocked my world in The Full Monty, "Michael Jordan's Ball" was one of the smartest dance numbers I'd ever seen--but in Hairspray, honestly, yawn. (Although most of that is derivative of 1960s-era dances, all of which were idiotic to begin with.) The most aggressively obnoxious chorography I've seen of late was the line-dance-ballet melange Melinda Roy turned out for Urban Cowboy--thrusting, thrusting, and then girls got tossed around. (Although! All right, I hate line dancing. So.)
What I don't want out of my dancing is hip thrusts for the sake of hip thrusts. I want grace. I want innovation that doesn't necessarily require acrobatics. Movin' Out showed flashes of greatness but ultimately was just a lot of sweat and muscle--there were a few combatitive numbers that stood out ("Big Shot," "Summer, Highland Falls") but, well...towards the end I saw John Selya do a combination that was astonishing not because he was balancing on his head or whatever but beause his gigantic body was relaxed, soft, graceful--it was a gentle combination and it was about the most astonishing thing I'd seen all night. I didn't know he could do THAT.
So, again, I don't really have the proper tools to talk about this, but OH WELL. I still see it.