[The Broadway dance show Movin’ Out is a stunning, exceedingly rare, turnaround story: On July 12, 2002, after its premier at the Shubert Theater in Chicago, a reviewer at the Chicago Sun-Times called it “stupefyingly clichéd and embarrassingly naïve.” But just three months later, when it finally opened in New York, the New York Times called a “shimmering portrait of an American generation.” Soon after, it picked up a couple of Tony Awards.
The turnaround was engineered by the production's legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, who faced down her initial failure with remarkable insight.
Over the years we've featured our share of MacArthur Fellows in Fast Company. Choreographer Twyla Tharp. Jim Fruchterman, the founder of Benetech, which creates technology for the disadvantaged. The late Samuel Mockbee, an architecture professor at Auburn whose Rural Studio designed and built housing for the needy.