“Blackstone is a choreographic novelist; he creates character, illustrates intention and synthesizes subtext as organically as a poet might scribe a sonnet.”

— Dance Informa

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“Al Blackstone juxtaposes ‘70s groove and 2017 posing in hilarious ways. The movement underscores and imaginatively illustrates the premise.”

— Dance Enthusiast

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“He’s done something really remarkable, I think, because after all, this is a compendium of the development of Broadway choreography. And what Al has been able to do without actually stealing is to really give you a taste of the difference between Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse and Gower Champion and Jerry Mitchell and so on, and then also show you his extraordinary choreographic skill.”

— Stephen Schwartz

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“Choreographer Al Blackstone got the best out of the ensemble, and never made it easy on them. Stunning acrobatics, stellar flips, interesting moves, and a rousing tap-dance number in the Act II opener King of New York gave the regional production a professional polish through and through.”

— Florida Theater Onstage

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“Directed by Marcos Santana, the production is tightly delivered and punctuated by Al Blackstone’s choreography and acrobatics – worth the price of admission on their own…”

— South Florida Gay News

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“This iteration of Pippin, masterfully directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone, has one foot in the original 1972 Bob Fosse version and the other foot in the 2013 Diane Paulus “Cirque” Revival... In this show he uses his narratives well, using a combination of both ballet and Fosse vocabulary to take us on a journey so many of us have taken and will continue to take. Pippin, seeking to live an extraordinary life, finally finds fulfillment in life’s unextraordinary, everyday moments.”

— BroadwayWorld

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“Entrusting directorial duties to an intensely dance-minded person lends this show a unique dynamic. I couldn’t help but notice the actors and actresses are moving semiconstantly, and large portions of the story are told through dance.”

— The Wichita Eagle

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“How would I describe Blackstone’s choreography? Old school soul with a new age twist. Think Gene Kelly meets quirky college freshman. No, really. You’ve got a strong foundation of ballet technique performed in weathered Converse sneakers, jukebox classics set in today’s coolest clubs, and that innately sensual jazz style juxtaposed with everyone’s inner goof ball.”

— Dance Informa

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