It all came about because of a party for Elton John. At the 50th birthday party for the gay rocker, a special dance performance was held – and now 14 years later that performance has morphed into the ballroom/Latin dance musical “Burn the Floor,” an international hit that debuts in Atlanta next week.
Besides several dancers from TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and Vonzell Solomon from “American Idol’s” fourth season as one of the vocalists, gay dancer Gary Wright is in the cast. A dancer since he was 10, the Liverpool native says that society is pretty dance-crazed these days and “Burn the Floor” has plenty to offer. “It’s got incredible dancing, great vocals and it’s very sexy – the guys are hot and the women are too,” Wright says.
A typical crowd, he says, is split between younger and older audiences, straight and gay.
Light on plot, the musical weaves through various dance forms set to Latin and American pop music.
‘Burn the Floor’ March 22-27 at Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308 www.foxtheatre.org