Look out, Broadway. “So You Think You Can Dance” judge and choreographer extraordinaire Mia Michaels has started taking her first few steps toward formation of the show she’ll be bringing to New York next year, including, she reveals, talking to Sting about doing the music. She also has had discussions with a couple of noteworthy actors, and we might see some of our favorite faces from “SYTYCD” in her stage production.
“Absolutely I would use them,” she says.
Up ‘til now, Michaels’ has had the current season of the hit Fox show at the forefront of her mind. With tonight’s (8/12) final episode of summer 2010 – and either Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman or Robert Roldan being named the winner – she’s psyched up to “make it all about celebrating the kids and their journey, how far they’ve come from day one. It should be fun-filled. There’s going to be recaps. There’s going to be surprises. I’m so looking forward to it.”
Viewers already got a preview of sorts of Michaels’ upcoming stage extravaganza. “The last group number I did was kind of like a little bit of a seed of exploration of what my Broadway show is going to be,” she reveals. Mounting of the yet-untitled theatrical production, which she’ll direct as well as choreograph, is being followed for a Bravo series about the ultra-hot dance talent.
“Yes it is a doc series – a ‘making of’ – but it’s going to have my Mia twist in there, so it’s not going to be typical. It’s going to have some other elements,” she says.
Everything will pop in 2011, if all goes according to plan. Potentially, she’ll be doing both new projects and “SYTYCD” simultaneously.
Michaels is definite that she wants to continue as a judge on the competition show, and says the criticism she and fellow judges Adam Shankman and Nigel Lithgoe have taken this season has not dampened her enthusiasm.
“I love being back on ‘So You Think.’ I love being a part of it. I feel like my title has become so Mama Mia, and I love that. I think that next season, if they ask me back, people will start getting used to me and knowing where my heart is and where my words come from,” she adds, referring to knocks she’s been getting for her harshness toward certain dancers. “I think now people are a little like little taken aback, but I think in time they’ll see I’m coming from a good place.”