An American in Paris Q & A~
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No matter the genre, choreographers with strong points of view leave lasting impressions. “I think of myself as a writer,” Lewis says. “I’m working off my own inspiration and experience to create a world. When it comes to really linking together steps, I have to have a reason. It has to be a story or an idea that is personal to me and very vibrant.”
FOSSE NYTIMES REVIEW
"There are only a few instances in which an infectious rush in the joy of performing gets past the footlights.
You feel it in the athletic pride generated by Desmond Richardson's gymnastic ''Percussion 4'' solo in the first act; in Scott Wise's satisfaction in turning tap steps into a personal stairway to heaven in ''Sing, Sing, Sing,'' and in, of all things, the salacious, watch-me delight that a young woman named Shannon Lewis draws from a 1970's artifact called ''I Gotcha,'' choreographed for Liza Minnelli's 1973 television special."
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS REVIEW
There's a new queen of dance in town and her name is Shannon Lewis.
Lewis, who serves as choreographer and co-director, beautifully recreates Christopher Wheeldon's vision.
The dancing is absolutely gorgeous. At times, the dancers defy gravity and literally look like they are floating. You really do enter a dream-like state; Bravo Miss Lewis!"
WHERE YOU ARE REVIEW
" Marroquín IS the power of perpetual motion under control. Her discipline as a dancer meant that her abundant movement throughout the performance was essential, nay, even needed, as her body told the story she wove just as much as her voice in spoken word and song - each element a piece of the puzzle without which that tale could not be told.
The joy the lady has in the performing truly surpasses anyone of her generation and her skillful director, the equally talented triple threat+choreographer+director Shannon Lewis, has guided her beautifully, harnessing all of that ebullient Marroquín energy in perfect partnership with her star and Music Director Sean Forte at the piano..."
Joseph and the...dreamcoat review
" Shannon Lewis, who serves as associate director also choreographs. Her choreography for "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and particularly "Those Canaan Days" is nirvana, with the rhythmical ensemble in literally nonstop motion.
."..with a totally contemporary and fresh perspective, this Joseph literally leaps off the stage and jolts you to the heavens!"
"Choreographer Lewis turns virtually every one of Joseph’s songs into a a great-big uber-imaginative production number, with special snaps for the Elvis-walks-like-an-Egyptian moves of “Song Of The King (Seven Fat Cows),” the country hoedown kicks of “One More Angel In Heaven,” and a “Those Canaan Days” that has Joseph’s brothers in Violon Sur Le Toit mode. (That’s Fiddler On The Roof in French.)"
MAMMA MIA REVIEW
"In the first iteration of “Mamma Mia,” faces come out of doors and around corners, tick-tocking, “my-my,” better than the movie. And no words could do justice to the wondrous, thunderous fun of a male chorus line with scuba flippers in “Lay All Your Love on Me.”
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST REVIEW
"...clearly the audience has lucked out in Tartaglia choosing to work again with Shannon Lewis as a choreographer.
"Lewis’ energetic and ebullient terpsichorean design is solidly entertaining..."
"Lewis’ staging of the big production numbers has the verve, pizzazz and sheer ebullience that earned the extended applause from the audience opening night"