Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler interviews choreographer Josh Rhodes about his latest project, The Landing, currently running off Broadway at The Vineyard Theatre.
It’s been a breakout year for choreographer Josh Rhodes. But make no mistake: this veteran dancer of seven Broadway shoes has been hoofin’ it for quite some time. Even, so, it’s not often that even the most renowned choreographers find themselves with two Broadway shows in one season… along with the critically acclaimed off Broadway musical, The Landing, recently extended at Vineyard Theatre.
“I had a good year this year,” Rhodes says humbly during a recent phone conversation. “Two Broadway shows! I’m very proud of Cinderella and First Date—they were a really great time. The two productions couldn’t be more different and sometimes it’s whatever projects gets the go.”
The progression has been natural for Rhodes, who describes himself as a gypsy. “I was a Broadway dancer for many years. I had a fabulous career and loved it. I was a dance captain many times and asked by great people to assist, then associate, then choreograph on my own.”
Recently Rhodes choreographed Company starring Neil Patrick Harris and Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Concert with the NY Philharmonic for PBS. As a director, he’s also responsible for the titillating Broadway Bares (XX and XXI), a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. But Rhodes’ most recent choreography project, The Landing, is a much more intimate piece—a collection of three musicals by John Kander (music) and Greg Pierce (lyrics and book) with direction by Walter Bobbie.