Musical Shares: David Rousseve/REALITY

David Rousseve/REALITY

Stardust photo by Valerie Oliveiro

David Rousseve/REALITY wlil be presenting the world premiere performances of Stardust here on January 31 and February 1. Choreographed, written and directed by David Rousseve, Stardust follows a gay African American teen as he navigates a difficult adolescence. Never seen onstage, he is present only by the unanswered, emotion-laden text messages he sends to a random number.

Stardust's sound score juxtaposes the intimate romanticism of Nat King Cole standards with the rough-edged, hip-hop inflected original music of d. Sabela Grimes. Because they have such great taste in music, we've asked David, REALITY and their collaborators to put together a playlist of their current musical obsessions. (You're welcome!)

Click here to listen to it, and keep reading to see who picked what.

David Rousseve

  • "Royals" by Lorde
  • "When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole
  • "Casta Diva" by Maria Callas


Charisse Skye Aguirre

Emily Beattie

  • "Limpop" by John Wizards
  • "Cupid" by Amy Winehouse
  • "Come Over" by Estelle

Leanne Iacovetta

Jasmine Jawato

  • "Alive" by The Green
  • "Palea" by Dobet Gnahore

Nehara Kalev

  • "Play" by Goapele D by Coco Mbassi
  • "Yumjei’s Theme" by Theme from ‘In the Mood For Love’ (Original Soundtrack)

Kevin Le

Nguyen Nguyen

  • "Honeybee" by Steam Powered Giraffe
  • "Wolf" by First Aid Kit

Taisha Paggett

  • "War" by Bob Marley
  • "An Island" by Devendra Banhart
  • "Only Shallow" by My Bloody Valentine

Kevin Williamson

  • "Sun Blindness Music" by John Cale
  • "I Want You" by Luke James


Lucy Burns, dramaturg

  • "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole
  • "Royals" by Lorde
  • "Dance Apocalyptic" by Janelle Monae

Leah Piehl, costumes

  • "Eyes Be Closed" by Washed Out
  • "Will Calls" by Grizzly Bear Diplo Remix
  • "Do I Wanna Know?" by Arctic Monkeys

Cari Ann Shim Sham, video

* song is not available on Spotify; link to its purchase page on Amazon or iTunes or a YouTube video has been provided

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