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Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris

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I read that he is scheduled to open in Paris in winter and then bring the role to Broadway in spring. Does that mean he will not dance with NYCBALLET in fall, winter and spring seasons? If so, do you think he will return to ballet?

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He's taking a leave of absence from NYCB for this show; I think for a year. There was a recent article in the NY Times about it which I can't link here since I'm pecking this out on my iPhone. I can't imagine he'd leave ballet. I'm sure he'll be back after the show ends or after his contract is up.

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And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway. A public service in deed.

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And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway. A public service in deed.

I hope you are right, but I have decidedly mixed feelings about two of the best American ballet dancers--which is to say, two of the best ballet dancers in the world--taking off a year (or even a little less) to do Broadway. Peck and Fairchild are a big part of NYCB's current "renaissance" with fans and critics (I say "renaissance" because even Martins' naysayers have been taking note of how well the company is dancing) and ballet careers are short and unpredictable. Nor am I persuaded Broadway is the best way for them to develop as ballet dancers, even though they will presumably learn a lot from these projects.

Obviously, they want to do the shows and I wish them all success etc.. I may even try to see at least one (though with limited budget for ballet trips to NY, I usually prioritize...well, ballet), but I have very mixed feelings about seeing Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck depart for Broadway even temporarily.

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And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway. A public service in deed.

I hope you are right, but I have decidedly mixed feelings about two of the best American ballet dancers--which is to say, two of the best ballet dancers in the world--taking off a year (or even a little less) to do Broadway. Peck and Fairchild are a big part of NYCB's current "renaissance" with fans and critics (I say "renaissance" because even Martins' naysayers have been taking note of how well the company is dancing) and ballet careers are short and unpredictable. Nor am I persuaded Broadway is the best way for them to develop as ballet dancers, even though they will presumably learn a lot from these projects.

Obviously, they want to do the shows and I wish them all success etc.. I may even try to see at least one (though with limited budget for ballet trips to NY, I usually prioritize...well, ballet), but I have very mixed feelings about seeing Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck depart for Broadway even temporarily.

I don't think Tyler Peck is taking anywhere near a year off from NYCB. Who knows what will happen, but so far the production she's in is slated for Kennedy Center at the moment, and she'll just be missing Nutcrackers. As I said, who knows. Megan Fairchild is taking more time than that off for On The Town. I know she's not as popular as T. Peck, but she does a lot of difficult ballets. Maybe it all will translate to a lot of opportunities for up and coming dancers.

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And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway. A public service in deed.

I hope you are right, but I have decidedly mixed feelings about two of the best American ballet dancers--which is to say, two of the best ballet dancers in the world--taking off a year (or even a little less) to do Broadway. Peck and Fairchild are a big part of NYCB's current "renaissance" with fans and critics (I say "renaissance" because even Martins' naysayers have been taking note of how well the company is dancing) and ballet careers are short and unpredictable. Nor am I persuaded Broadway is the best way for them to develop as ballet dancers, even though they will presumably learn a lot from these projects.

Obviously, they want to do the shows and I wish them all success etc.. I may even try to see at least one (though with limited budget for ballet trips to NY, I usually prioritize...well, ballet), but I have very mixed feelings about seeing Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck depart for Broadway even temporarily.

I don't think Tyler Peck is taking anywhere near a year off from NYCB. Who knows what will happen, but so far the production she's in is slated for Kennedy Center at the moment, and she'll just be missing Nutcrackers. As I said, who knows. Megan Fairchild is taking more time than that off for On The Town. I know she's not as popular as T. Peck, but she does a lot of difficult ballets. Maybe it all will translate to a lot of opportunities for up and coming dancers.

With Stroman involved I have been assuming the producers of Little Dancer have their eye on more than a short run at Kennedy Center--though who knows, and who knows what it means for Peck...?

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Robbie Fairchild will probably miss the entire season. As noted above, whether Tiler Peck misses the entire 2014-15 season will depend on the reviews for her show. As of right now, no other theater is putting on Little Dancer after the KC. A future life for the show, if any, will depend on the reviews. There are plenty of shows that die out after the KC initial run, but I'm sure they are hoping for a Broadway run if the critics are kind.

As for who might be the beneficiary of Tiler's absence and Megan's absence, I have a feeling we will see Lauren Lovette debut in some important roles. Also, if Scheller is back, she will probably get some of these roles.

Most interesting, with Robbie apparently out of the picture, who besides Chase Finlay will dance Apollo? Will Martins give it to a newbie like Russell Janzen, or will he use a principal?

On a tangent, will we see a Mearns debut in Mozartiana or T&V?

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As a huge fan of musicals, I commend these classical dancers for stepping out of their comfort zones. Apparently they feel that the time lost in their short classical dance careers is worth it in order to experience another type of artistic fulfillment.

Broadway gypsies probably don't see their field of dance as a waste of anyone's time, even a classical dancer's. Not all Broadway dancers are frustrated classical dancers. Some folks actually prefer show dancing.

Baryshnikov danced other forms of dance during his prime years and seems to have no regrets.

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Robbie Fairchild will probably miss the entire season. As noted above, whether Tiler Peck misses the entire 2014-15 season will depend on the reviews for her show. As of right now, no other theater is putting on Little Dancer after the KC. A future life for the show, if any, will depend on the reviews. There are plenty of shows that die out after the KC initial run, but I'm sure they are hoping for a Broadway run if the critics are kind.

As for who might be the beneficiary of Tiler's absence and Megan's absence, I have a feeling we will see Lauren Lovette debut in some important roles. Also, if Scheller is back, she will probably get some of these roles.

Most interesting, with Robbie apparently out of the picture, who besides Chase Finlay will dance Apollo? Will Martins give it to a newbie like Russell Janzen, or will he use a principal?

On a tangent, will we see a Mearns debut in Mozartiana or T&V?

I am sure we will see a lot of Lauren Lovette this season. Her promotion to principal seems imminent.

I think that Adrian Danchig-Waring may have danced Apollo on the Japan tour. It might also be interesting to see Amar Ramsar or Taylor Stanley in the role.

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Drew wrote, above, about Little Dancer and Tiler Peck at the Kennedy Center.

The show opened last Saturday, October 25. Has anyone gone? Is it good?

It has yet to be reviewed by the legit press -- 'press night' not until Nov 20th - but surely BalletAlertniks are ahead of the game and can begin to chime in with reports? Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

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I just saw some publicity for the Broadway show stating that Robert Fairchild will star in the Broadway run. Previews start in March with the opening in April. So I assume he is taking leave from NYCBALLET for the spring season. Is this right? Too bad for me-- now I'll have to see the show if I want to see him dance.

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I just saw some publicity for the Broadway show stating that Robert Fairchild will star in the Broadway run. Previews start in March with the opening in April. So I assume he is taking leave from NYCBALLET for the spring season. Is this right? Too bad for me-- now I'll have to see the show if I want to see him dance.

One should be so lucky .... You get to see a lot of him in the show ... and I think he has been most generous with his NYCB castings in the Winter season thus far (Leanne Cope did not return to the RB fold AT ALL) - at least while obviously being - or at least starting to be back in AiP rehearsals. One thing I can promise you - having seen the show a few times in Paris - you won't be disappointed.

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The show started rehearsals in New York City this past Monday. I believe that this weekend's performances of R&J at NYCB may be his final performances at NYCB for the season.

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In fairness to Leanne Cope, unlike Robbie Fairchild, who already has an apartment and an established life in New York City, Ms Cope probably needed the "off time" from the show to find housing in New York City, move her things to New York and get settled in an entirely new city. So she had a lot more on her plate to do than R. Fairchild to prep for the broadway engagement.

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In fairness to Leanne Cope, unlike Robbie Fairchild, who already has an apartment and an established life in New York City, Ms Cope probably needed the "off time" from the show to find housing in New York City, move her things to New York and get settled in an entirely new city. So she had a lot more on her plate to do than R. Fairchild to prep for the broadway engagement.

Indeed - plus she probably wanted to understandably spend time with her family and VERY NEW husband (also with the RB) since she will be away for quite a time thereafter. I didn't mean any slight against the lovely Ms. Cope - not at all. I just wanted to pay my respectful admiration to the glorious Mr. Fairchild.

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I've become aware that Robbie Fairchild is starting to take days off from AiP here and there. There is no set schedule of the shows he does not perform, but the AiP website now indicates that someone else is doing Robbie's role at some performances. (Sorry, don't recalll the person's name.) Given that the show performs 8 times per week, I'm glad Robbie is finally getting some well deserved rest, but I know that people who arrive at the theater are quite disappointed to learn of his absence. I think it would be beneficial to all if the website provided more specific info to consumers about which shows he will miss. Have not heard any info about whether Cope is also skipping some shows.

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I've become aware that Robbie Fairchild is starting to take days off from AiP here and there. There is no set schedule of the shows he does not perform, but the AiP website now indicates that someone else is doing Robbie's role at some performances. (Sorry, don't recalll the person's name.) Given that the show performs 8 times per week, I'm glad Robbie is finally getting some well deserved rest, but I know that people who arrive at the theater are quite disappointed to learn of his absence. I think it would be beneficial to all if the website provided more specific info to consumers about which shows he will miss. Have not heard any info about whether Cope is also skipping some shows.

I agree. I have an opportunity to go in from CT with a group to see the July 22 matinee but for me the main reason to see the show is Robbie and if they would announce well in advance which shows he'll miss, that would be helpful.

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Based on what I know of this week and last week he missed his Wednesday evening performances. I don't know what happened for the matinees, though.

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Based on what I know of this week and last week he missed his Wednesday evening performances. I don't know what happened for the matinees, though.

It has been my experience that when Tony season passes sometimes the load lightens for some leads.

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I know from reading Broadway boards that Wednesday nights are his night off. Before the Tony's he had never missed a single performance.

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