The Huffington Post:
The New York City Ballet's Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins, is well-aware that nobody is going to the ballet tonight to see the ballet.
"Every single person in that theater... is there for one reason -- not for the ballet, because of Paul," Martins said of the Paul McCartney-scored ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom," which premieres at the New York City Ballet tonight. In a new interview, McCartney and Martins explain how it all coalesced.
There are dozens more crossover examples. None of those that come to mind, though, feel quite the same as this pop megastar stepping quite so far out of his established comfort zone, to deliver quite such a daunting slab of music, for quite so grand a ballet company.
McCartney made headlines with a romantic tale of his own earlier this month when it emerged he is preparing to get married for a third time, to New Yorker fiancee Nancy Shevell.
"I met Peter at a reception for the NYC Ballet that Nancy and I attended and in conversation with him he asked if I had ever considered writing anything for ballet," McCartney said. "I said that I hadn't but would be excited to think about it because I am always interested in new directions that I haven't worked in before. I have done a few orchestral pieces and really enjoyed working with an orchestra.