Performing and co-dance captaining Swing! at Gateway Playhouse in Long Island was the experience of a lifetime. We hold this show near and dear to our hearts and have lived with it in many iterations. It began in 2015 when we were hired as cast members for its debut for Norwegian Cruise Line. We had the incredible opportunity to be featured performers, co-dance captains, Samantha was an aerialist in the bungee routine and Brian was a partnered base, and Samantha was also flight captain of that routine. After that performance contract we received the promotion to directors and have auditioned, taught, and directed the show for the following three casts alongside the original Broadway director Lynne Taylor-Corbett. At this point, we know this show like the back of our hands and we feel so blessed to continue to share the joy that is Swing! in any and all capacities!
Please enjoy the following photos, video, and press reviews of Swing!
“Samantha and Brian Lawton take center stage for the Lindy-hop in “Kitchen Mechanics’ Night Out” and “Boogie Woogie Country,” with impressive steps and tricks requiring a level of trust only a husband-and-wife team could maintain.” – Long Island Advance
“[The] Lindy Hop Couple (Co-Dance Captains Samantha Lawton and Brian Lawton) is sharp, fast, and flawlessly synchronized.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
Photos by Jeff Bellante, courtesy The Gateway