Movin' Out (Chicago)


In early 2001, Tharp began developing material that would become Movin’ Out, a jukebox dance-musical set to the songs of Billy Joel. She worked with company dancers for several months before inviting Joel to the studio to propose her idea for the show.     

The five main characters are derived from Joel’s songs: Brenda and Eddie from “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant;” James and Judy from “James” and “Why, Judy, Why;” and Tony from “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song).” Additional songs were selected to support the plot that follows these five friends through high school romances, bust-ups, the Vietnam War, living the high life and hitting bottom. 

In June 2002, previews of Movin’ Out opened in Chicago, which Tharp used to evaluate and reinvent the production. 


  • Movin' Out
    Poster design. ©Twyla Tharp


Brief excerpts from promotional footage.
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Music Program:

Musical Numbers (in alphabetical order)

2000 Years
Air (Dublinesque)
Big Man on Mulberry Street
Big Shot
Captain Jack
For the Longest Time
Goodnight Saigon
Innocent Man
Invention in C Minor
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
I'd Loved These Days
Just the Way You Are
Keeping the Faith
Miami 2017 (The Night the Lights Went Out on Broadway)
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
New York State of Mind
Only the Good Die Young
Reverie (Villa D'Este)
River of Dreams
Running on Ice
She's Got a Way
Summer, Highland Falls
The Stranger
Uptown Girl
Waltz #1 (Nunley's Carousel)
We Didn't Start the Fire


Performance History

Chicago, IL
June 25, 2002

Movin' Out (Chicago) opened on June 25, 2002 and ran until September 1, 2002.