Best Upcoming Children’s Shows In Charlotte

July 17, 2014,

Three-time Emmy Award winner, Broadway legend and “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Debbie Allen brings a modern adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm tale of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” to the Ovens stage. This hip musical follows the adventures of the Knight brothers, forbidden to dance by their strict father, who sneak out every night and return every morning with torn-up shoes. The play, created by Allen, Grammy Award winner James Ingram and NBA All-Star Norm Nixon, includes high-energy dancing from members of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy as well as 30 local dancers chosen by audition to appear in the show. Read More.

Previewing Debbie Allen's 'Brothers of the Knight'

July 17, 2014, by Kathryn Searles, WCCB Charlotte

The performance, featuring young, local talent handpicked by director and choreographer Debbie Allen, runs from Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20 at Ovens Auditorium. See video here.

Photos of rehearsals taken by T. Ortega Gaines -

Rehearsal of "Brothers of the Knight" a play created and directed by Debbie Allen which will open Thursday, July 17,2014 at Ovens Auditorium. Brothers of the Knight recounts the adventures of the youthful Knight brothers who, for reasons known only to themselves, leave torn-up shoes by their bed every morning. Their father, a strict preacher, has forbidden them to dance; however, the boys sneak out every night to dance the night away in the Big-Bad Ballroom until their housekeeper, Sunday, secretly follows them and solves the mystery of the torn up shoes. See full slide show.

Debbie Allen’s ‘Brothers of the Knight’ tour stops in Charlotte

July 17, 2014, By Samantha Sabin,

Brothers of the Knight originally opened at the Kennedy Center, where Allen was an artist in residence, and was brought on for several encore productions to a standing-room only crowd. It's a story she adapted from The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Read More. 

Norm Nixon on 'Brothers of the Knight"

July 16, 20114, AM Bounce #1, WBTV

Debbie Allen's 'Brothers of the Knight'

July 11, 2014, By Cara LaMaina, Let's Talk live of

After a five city tour, the cast of "Brothers of the Knight" has been selected. Over 50 young dancers from the DC area are starring in the local production, which opened yesterday.

Debbie Allen, renowned dancer, director, actress and writer, joined us to share her experience with the casting process, and give us a preview of her new show, "Brothers of the Knight." See Full Interview. 

Five local dancers earn spot in 'Brothers of the Knight' production

July 8, 2014, By Ed Waters Jr., Frederick News Post

Five young dancers from Frederick have been practicing seven hours a day through June and early July for their part in the Washington production of "Brothers of the Knight." Read More. 

D.C. dancers tapped for ‘Brothers of the Knight’ national tour

July 8, 2014, By Rebecca Ritzel, The Washington Post

Tap-dance instructor Mark Orsborn received a memorable text message when his student Nathan Beech was cast in the national tour of the musical “Brothers of the Knight.”

The message was in all caps, which was unusual for Nathan, and it read: “DUDE! I MADE IT! THIS IS CRAZY!” Read More.

Leesburg teen steps up for touring musical ‘Brothers of the Knight’

July 7, 2014, By Moira E. McLaughlin, The Washington Post 

As your mom and dad always say: practice, practice, practice! That’s how you get really good at something, and that’s exactly what dancer Kaeli Ware has done for most of her 14 years. The Leesburg teen is on her first tour with the musical “Brothers of the Knight,” which opens Thursday at Warner Theatre.

“I’ve been dancing since I was 2 years old,” she said, speaking on the phone from Los Angeles, where the show opened. (A show on tour means it goes to different cities.) Read More.

Debbie Allen and Norm Nixon Open Brothers of the Knight in Philly

JULY 5, 2014 By By Marsha Gilbert, BLOGGERESS10

Award-winning choreographer, Debbie Allen, and her husband, former NBA All-Star, Norm Nixon, opened the first of four high-energy performances of their new musical, Brothers of the Knight, Thursday night at the Merriam Theater, in Philadelphia.

Nixon, executive producer for Brothers of the Knight, was so confident that the audience would like the production that he said if they didn’t like the show he’d personally give their money back, but if they liked the show then they should support the financially struggling production by telling people about it and buying souvenirs. Allen promptly took the microphone away from him and playfully chided him for promising to reimburse money. Read More.

Brothers of the Knight' in Philly!

July 3, 2014, Fox 29, Philly 

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Crossroads: Bellefonte 11-year-old dancing big dreams

July 2, 2014, By Ken Mammarella,

Maggie Northey, an 11-year-old who has been studying dance since she was 3, hopes that her first professional gig this month in Philadelphia is a significant step in her journey to Broadway.

"I dream about Broadway," she said after one of her seven-hour rehearsals for "Brothers of the Knight," a new adaptation of "The 12 Dancing Princesses," the brothers Grimm fairytale. Read More.

Brothers of the Knight rehearsals Shine Bright at the Merriam Theater

July 2, 2014, By Adria Diane Hughes,

After a five‐city audition tour across the country, celebrated director Debbie Allen started the hard work of rehearsals for Brothers of the Knight, that began at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA. Check out rehearsal pictures here

Debbie Allen Brings Musical to Philadelphia

July 1, 2014, Marsha Gilbert, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Philadelphia - Award-winning dancer, choreographer, actress and director, Debbie Allen, is bringing her latest production, Brothers of the Knight, to the Merriam Theater, July 3, 5 and 6.

Allen held auditions in Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. Approximately 2,000 would-be entertainers (about 300 to 400 per city) between the ages of 9 and 22, came out with the hopes of winning a role in Brothers of the Knight, a musical based on Allen's children's book of the same name. Read More.

In ‘Brothers of the Knight,’ Dance is the Thing

June 29, 214, By Karen Campbell, Boston Globe

Debbie Allen is a force to be reckoned with — director, choreographer, Broadway veteran, Emmy winner. But one of the projects closest to her heart is a mission to get more children involved in the arts, especially dance. Read More.

Hip Adaptation of Brother's 'Grimm' Play Coming to Boston

June 27, 2014,

The hip adaptation of the classic Brother's Grimm tale, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” “Brothers of the Knight" is playing this weekend in Boston. Watch on

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Dedicated Pawtucket Dancer — age 12 — Lands National Role

June 26, 2014, By Channing Gray, Journal Arts Writer

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Even though she’s just 12 years old, Dakota Marabello is one hard-working dancer. Almost every day after school, Dakota heads over to Dancin’ Spirit Performing Arts in Pawtucket where she practices until 9 in the evening or later. Read More.

Randolph youngster to tour with Debbie Allen show

June 24, 2014, by

Randolph's own Mason Cardwell, a Randolph Community Middle School student, was picked by choreographer Debbie Allen to be part of the Boston cast of "Brothers of the Knight," which runs Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. Read More.

Howard Alumna Debbie Allen Brings Brothers of the Knight Home to Washington DC

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2014) – Award-winning dancer, choreographer and producer Debbie Allen is bringing her latest stage project, Brothers of the Knighthome to Washington, DC.  The stage play is running July 10th-13th at the Warner Theatre and will feature DC-Metro talent. Read More.

Metro School of the Arts Students to Perform at Debbie Allen's "Brothers of the Knight" at Warner Theatre.

June 13, 2014, By Asha Bruot,

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ students, Anya Jones and Danielle Jones, both 10 years old,  were selected by Debbie Allen Dance Academy to perform in their Washington DC Company of Brothers of the Knight, playing Thurs., July 10 through Sun., July 13 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Read More.

Dance Legend Debbie Allen On Her “Brothers Of The Knight”

June 13, 2014, BY Grace Mendoza,

You can catch “Brothers Of The Knight” Thursday June 19th-22nd at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Go to for more info and tickets. This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News Show on June 13th, 2014.

5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Debbie Allen Fairy Tale

June 12, 2014, By Ann Haskins, LAWeekly Blog

Not so Grimm fairy tale. In the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses were locked in their rooms at night and forbidden to dance, but each morning their dancing shoes were inexplicably worn out. Read More.

Greemon living out dream, heading to L.A.

June 3, 2014, By John Marks, Fort Mills Times

Bailey Greemon won’t make either of the family beach trips this summer, but she’ll still get in plenty of sibling revelry.

Greemon, 11, will tour five cities this summer in a Debbie Allen production, “Brothers of the Knight.” Greemon’s grandmother drove her to Charlotte for an April audition as an ensemble member, where the now finished fifth-grader at Fort Mill Elementary School hoped for a background role. Read More.

Davenport School of the Arts’ Dance Student Chosen to Participate in Debbie Allen Production After Beating Out Hundreds of Teens in Nationwide Search

May 22, 2014, Polk County Public Schools

Brianna Navarro, a student at Davenport School of the Arts, will join legendary dance choreographer, dancer, actress, and television director and producer Debbie Allen when the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Association with BOTK presents “Brothers of the Knight,” a musical production. Read More.

Deptford 10-year-old cast in Debbie Allen's new musical 'Brothers of the Knight'

May 24, 2014, By Kristie Rearick/South Jersey Times 

Eugene Lutz, 10, dances on the deck of his home in Deptford, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. He was recently cast in a principle role in Debbie Allen's new musical, "Brothers of the Knight," and will be flying out to Los Angeles for rehearsals late this month. (Staff Photo by Calista Condo/South Jersey Times) Read More

Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage and Men In Tights

April 24, 2014 by Michel Martin, Radio Interview 

Transcript from the Radio Interview:

(Michel Martin) Now it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we hear from those who've made a difference through their lives and their work. Today, we hear from a woman who is a legend in the world of dance, theater, television and film. Debbie Allen played the iconic dance teacher Lydia Grant both in the movie and in the 1980s television series "Fame." Listen to Full Interview. 

'Fame' Choreograpaher Taps Local Girls For Show

April 18, 2014 By Lynn Felder, Winston-Salem Journal

Debbie Allen, a theatrical producer, has selected two Winston-Salem dance students to appear in July in the Charlotte production of “Brothers of the Knight,” a musical play based on the fairy tale “The Dancing Princesses.” Read More. 

Debbie Allen Honored at D.C. Tap Festival Gala

April 13, 2014 By Rebecca Ritzel

Debbie Allen has received many honors in her career as an actress and dancer — multiple Emmys, a Golden Globe and two Tony nominations among them. But Saturday night at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Allen was brought to tears when she collected an award before an audience of mostly kids and young adults. Read More

Debbie Allen Discusses "Brothers of the Knight"

April 11, 2014 By Lani Furbank, WJLA

A dance legend is in town for a casting call, and we sat down with her to find out more about it!

Debbie Allen, Emmy-award winning choreographer, actress, producer, director, and "So You Think You Can Dance" judge, joined us to talk about the auditions she is holding for her upcoming show, "Brothers of the Knight." See Interview. 

Debbie Allen Holding Auditions For Local Dancers

April 11, 2014 By WUSA

If you can dance, even a little bit, Debbie Allen wants to see your moves. The choreographer, director and actress is holding dance auditions for her production of "Brothers of the Knight." Read More.

Debbie Allen Visits Fox 5

April 11, 2014 By FOX 5's Good Day DC

A show-business legend and "Brothers of the Knight." Former "Fame" star Debbie Allen in D.C. to give a break to some local dancers. 

Debbie Allen's Casting Call

Apr 11, 2014 By Barbara Harrison, NBC4 Washington

Famed choreographer Debbie Allen discusses her casting call for "Brothers of the Knight," happening now in D.C.

Debbie Allen Holding Auditions In Philly For Her New Musical

April 10, 2014 By Fox 29

Debbie Allen has turned her children's book "Brothers of the Knight" into a musical. See Full Interview Here.

Philly Can You Dance? Debbie Allen Wants You

Apr 10, 2014 By

Emmy award-winning choreographer, Debbie Allen is looking for talented-young men in the Philadelphia area to star in her newest production, "Brothers of the Knight"

Debbie Allen Talks About "Brothers Of The Knight"

April 10, 2014 By CSB Philly

Watch Ms. Debbie Allen's Interview here. 

Choreographer Debbie Allen

April 4, 2014 By Charlotte Today

Debbie interviews with WCNC's Charlotte Today's hosts Colleen Odegaard and Ramona Holloway about the Brothers of the Knight auditions. Click to see interview. 

Legend Debbie Allen Talent Scouts on Rising

April 4, 2014 By WCCB Charlotte

Entertainment legend Debbie Allen is in Charlotte looking for the best and brightest talent. Read More.

Under the Radar: All Things Art

April 1, 2014 By WGBH News

Triple threat Debbie Allen was already a success when one role made her a household name-- Fame... Read More

Debbie Allen Looking for Local Talent

March 27, 2014 By 

Debbie Allen is looking for local talent who can sing and dance. Auditions will be held March 29 at the Paramount Center. Click to see interview. 

Dancers Wanted! Musical Audtions for 'Brothers of the Knight'

March 26, 204 By NECN Boston

Debbie Allen joined us to discuss auctions for 'Brothers of the Knight'. Click to see Interview

Fuse Dance News: "FAME" and the Fairytale

March 26, 2014 By Debra Cash

The Fuse doesn’t usually publicize auditions, but it’s news that Debbie Allen is swinging through Boston this week seeking young dancers between the ages of seven and 22. Read More

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