Amar Ramasar, full of personality and charisma, was riveting with his top-flight dancing and comedic acting as Johnny in Susan Stroman's newest dance
"For the Love of Duke," set to music by the the great jazz composer.
Saturday night’s Gatsby-themed Gala at SPAC paid tribute to NYC Ballet’s Broadway links with two show-biz ballets, Peter Martins’ 2003 “Thou Swell” and Broadway choreographer Susan Stroman’s “For the Love of Duke.” If both vied for the Tony award, Martins would win hands down.
“Thou Swell” is a guilty pleasure, an unabashedly romantic ballet to 16 Richard Rodgers songs for four couples and a corps of eight. On the Art Deco nightclub set, a huge mirror tilts above them, offering multiple perspectives.