‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’: The Story Behind That Sexy Season 3 Dance Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the brain-child of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The author/producer/director is a former dancer — which could clarify why the Amazon sequence typically makes use of dance — or at the very least balletic actions — in its episodes. 2 scenes particularly from Mrs. Maisel Season 3 — together with that “sultry” dance Midge has with Lenny Bruce — stand out as memorable dance moments.

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’: how Amy-Sherman Palladino makes use of dance to inform Midge’s story

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Rachel Brosnahan and Luke Kirby on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3| Amazon Prime Video

Recently, Mrs. Maisel creator Amy Sherman-Palladino spoke to The New York Times about all of the dancing that goes on in her Amazon Prime present.

Sherman-Palladino and her “husband and creative partner Daniel Palladino” have labored with choreographer Marguerite Derricks for years now; she additionally set the dance routines on Bunheads. Derricks’ work will also be discovered within the movie Little Miss Sunshine in addition to the Netflix sequence Glow.

“We call Marguerite our secret weapon because it’s as if we have another almost a director onstage,” Sherman-Palladino defined. “She understands how to do dance for camera, because it’s actually a different animal. …It’s everything the world envelops.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has employed dance in a number of episodes, in many various methods. As The Times argues, the sequence “breathes dance in many directions.” In the season Three opener, for instance, U.S.O. dancers pulled off an “over-the-top [number] with the fervor and splendor of an MGM spectacle.”

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season Three scene between Midge and Lenny Bruce that left followers swooning

But the sequence additionally rests on softer, subtler routines to inform its story. In Mrs. Maisel Season 2, followers will keep in mind “dancers floating along the Seine.”

However, one particularly memorable duet from the present: “the sultry dance between Midge Maisel and Lenny Bruce in season 3.”

The sparks flying between Lenny and Midge — starting in season 1 — got here to a head within the season Three episode, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage.”

Maisel‘s choreographer, Derricks, informed the publication about how she works with Sherman-Palladino to create such intimate dance scenes.

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“The most fun for me is that I get there and Amy tells me where the pas de deux of the camera’s going to happen,” the choreographer defined. When Sherman-Palladino tells her how the digicam will observe the totally different characters, “she kind of dances around and shows me,” Derricks stated.

“Then I get to fill in the background dancers musically and choreograph them,” she continued. “Even if it’s simply them spinning over their shoulder and strolling throughout, it turns into this lovely Swan Lake on the ground.”

For Derricks, dance is not only her job — it’s the way in which she and Sherman-Palladino strategy the work itself.

“With Amy, it’s always like she and I are dancing together,” the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel choreographer shared.

Derricks and Sherman-Palladino replicate on the ‘sexy’ season Three finale scene

However, that Lenny and Midge scene wasn’t the one attractive dance scene in Mrs. Maisel Season 3.

The Times reporter additionally requested Derricks concerning the season Three finale scene on the Apollo. In addition to Shy Baldwin’s act, a dancer (performed by Ra’Jahnae Patterson) performs a “striking, sexy solo.” How did that sultry efficiency come to be?

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“Amy wrote that she starts onstage with her leg up over her head and it just hangs there,” Derricks stated. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel choreographer stated she knew instantly what Sherman-Palladino was going for. She dug into analysis on “Black women doing jazz from that time period,” then turned up the amount, so to talk.

“I took it to a level that I knew that she could handle,” Derricks defined of Patterson. “She makes everything look so easy, and she’s incredibly sexy without trying too hard.”

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