Rasta Thomas and the Bad Boys of Dance are pushing the dance world off its pointed toes, so expect big things when the troupe hits Delaware in “Rock the Ballet” at DuPont Theatre April 3-5. “Audiences may not get Rasta the first time,” says Marsha Borin, president of Rasta Thomas LLC, “but they’ll love him.” “Rock the Ballet” fuses ballet, Broadway jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop and tap in what may be uncharted dance territory that has earned stellar reviews around the world. Critics in Zurich called the show “as anarchic as it is technically perfect.” The Bad Boys are great dancers, but the star is Thomas, a heartthrob “Entertainment Tonight” called “a mix between Baryshnikov, Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson.” Thomas got attention on Broadway for his starring role in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out,” then formed the Bad Boys in 2007. The name is intentionally provocative. Thomas hoped to embrace younger crowds while not discouraging traditional ballet lovers. “I want there to be a future for dance,” he says. “Kids with expendable income are going to the movies. They’re not going to the ballet.” Thomas may be a superstar in the making, but he’s no diva. “Don’t believe the hype,” he says. “My success comes from blood, sweat and tears.” For more, call 656-4401 or visit duponttheatre.com. —Maria Hess
Page 2: Good Eats
If there’s one weekend every foodie anticipates, it’s Meals from the Masters April 17-19. The event includes the Evening with the Masters and the Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction, but the gig to dig is the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch April 19. Sample foods prepared by the world’s best chefs, including locals Dan Butler of Deep Blue and Jay Caputo of Espuma. Enjoy fine wines and bid on luxury items during a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware, and that’s a good thing. “Given the escalating economic crisis and rapidly aging population, we need the community now more than ever,” says executive director Mari Considine. This is decadence that is good for the belly and soul. For more, call 656-3257, or visit mealsonwheelsde.org.
Page 3: Stairway to–Wilmington
If you listen very hard, the tunes will come to you—a minimum of 18 Zeppelin faves, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.” In “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” at The Grand April 8-9, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, backed by an amplified rock band, will create a symphonic hybrid that pays homage to Zep. Lead singer Randy Jackson does a respectable Robert Plant, and guest conductor Brent Havens leads with a whole lotta love. For more, visit desymphony.org, or call 652-5577.
Page 4: Explorer
What do women want? Actor Robert Dubac thinks he knows. In “The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?” Dubac explores the differences between the sexes with hilarious consequences. The actor channels several naïve male characters and travels to a place few men dare: the depths of the female psyche. Humor him, ladies. The one-man show plays at the Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts April 25. For more, call 227-9310, or visit rehobothbeachtheatre.com.