Leonard Lopate interviews Mr. Ewing and Kevin ("Johnny") McKenzie on his April 28
show about Ewing's book and McKenzie's relationship with Ms. Chase.
Has anyone read the book yet?
WNYC's blurb for the show:
Alex C. Ewing,
chancellor emeritus of the North Carolina School of the Arts and former general director of the Joffrey Ballet-- and Lucia Chase's son--and Kevin McKenzie,
art director of the America Ballet Theater, discuss the legacy of ballet great Lucia Chase. She brought Nureyev, Bujones, Kirkland, and eventually Baryshnikov to ABT, and, under her leadership, the company worked with such legends as Agnes de Mille, Anthony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. Alex C. Ewing's book Bravura! Lucia Chase and the American Ballet Theatre
combines unique personal insights and his own professional dance and administrative career to tell her story.
Other than getting the chronology a little off (Kirkland joined ABT after Baryshnikov), it misses a detail McKenzie supplied in the program -- that he was her last promotion to principal dancer. He also, somewhat undiplomatically, gives anecdotes that support the rumors circulating near the end of Ms. Chase's term as AD.