Michigan State’s Tom Izzo Doesn’t Want To Coach, He Wants To Dance!
And dance he did, along with some singing and accordion playing during his magnetic performance in the musical revue, “Tom Izzo Goes To Broadway,” which is a song-and-dance retrospective of Izzo’s impressive career, which me to thinking, why wouldn’t someone have come up with this brilliant idea years ago? It was right there for the taking. But that’s the theater for you – for every stroke of genius, there are dozens of concepts never properly cultivated – like a seven-foot behemoth that camps out behind the arc and launches ill-advised three-pointers. Sooner or later, you are going to catch lightning in a bottle – just have to take the risk is all.
From mlive (via The Dagger):
The show, which raised money for arts education programming in West Michigan and MSU student scholarships, was put on by Broadway Grand Rapids. It took Izzo back in time to his hometown in Iron Mountain, wearing his No. 24 jersey at a high school basketball game with three seconds to play and a free throw needed to win. Izzo missed the shot — but it was the perfect time for those in the show to start belting out “Memory” from the musical “Cats.”
As Izzo tried to make it on Broadway, more moments led to more Broadway songs, including “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha” and “Getcha Head in the Game” from “High School Musical.”
Sounds fascinatingly awful, but it was for a good cause so it’s all good. And the 1,800 people who packed DeVos Performance Hall for Tuesday night’s performance were left enthralled. Said one attendee: “I loved it. It was much better than Cats. I am going to see it again and again.”
Damn, that Tom Izzo must be one hypnotic performer. Screw the Spartans, I hope Izzo takes this bad boy out on tour and dazzles the nation with his toe-tapping talent and love of the bright lights of a different stage. Chase your dreams, Coach Izzo! Dance! Dance! Dance!
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo unveils a new song and dance [The Dagger]
‘Izzo Goes to Broadway’ gets extra laughs with unscripted event [mlive]