Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BroadwayWorld is reporting that Misty Copeland is gearing up for her Broadway debut next month in the production of On the Town. The ballet dancer, who made history last week becoming the first African-American female principal dancer for ABT, will play the character “Ivy” beginning August 25-September 6.

On the Town tells the story of three wide-eyed sailors on a whirlwind musical tour of the city that never sleeps. With just 24 hours of shore leave, they’re eager to experience all that New York City has to offer… including a chance to discover love with the girl of their dreams.

“We are so thrilled to have Misty joining us at this momentous time in her career,” said producer Howard Kagan. “On the Town has a long history of progressive, diverse casting which began with the creative team’s casting of Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato as ‘Ivy Smith’ in the original 1944 production, in the midst of World War II, as well as featuring one of the first racially-integrated ensembles. So it seems fitting that this incredible talent, who has broken through barriers in the dance world, will make her Broadway debut in this show.”

Check out a sneak peek of the show below:

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