I went Friday night, perfromance seemed rushed. Only one intermission. Music felt a little too quick. Where was the variation where the Fairies hold hands and develope front and then develope back?
The bass in the State Theater is subdued, while the treble notes are sharp and brilliant.
Carabosse acted but did not dance, Why didn't the soldiers come forward to protect the Newborn Princess?
Act I courtiers and royal costumes looked awful. Bland colors.
Pastel drawings between acts were OK, Finale reminded me of St.Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Sets were good, easily understood. ABTs "spider web" did not make any sense, even now.
Nobody did a triple pirouette or really wow'ed me.
The discount booth across the street, behind the Hotel Empire is really nice.
I like the ABT version much better, better sets and costumes.
House was close to full, in these difficult times Classical pieces always do well.
There is always only one intermission in Beauty (NYCB's version). Also Carabosse never dances (in this version). I actually really liked the costumes and colors of the costume. I'm not a fan (at all) of ABT's (athough I do like ABT) version However, I loved the Kirov's (I saw it last year in London).
NYCB's is a streamline version of Beauty. I didn't see one child (and there were many! How great!)who was antsy. Even I -- who is not a fan of story ballets -- went to 4 different Beaties (I love to see the cast changes). I think this run was an unqualified success. Still, I'm looking forward to the reg. rep tonight. But then it's Swan Lake -- I'm seeing 4 casts of that too (it's fun to compare).
I find it surprising that no one "wowed" you. There was so much great dancing in Beauty. Then again, a triple pirouette (did you see Danny Ulbricht? He can do that and more. Ditto Antonio Carmena and a couple of others) isn't "it" for me.
Thank you for your viewpoint! I love reading what other people think of various productions and ballets.