Ballet Theater Will Rock to a Beatle (the Quiet One)
Kevin McKenzie, the artistic director of American Ballet Theater, said the idea for the company's coming "Tribute to George Harrison" grew out of a conversation with Wallace Chappell, a company administrator, the day Harrison died last November.
"I went to Wallace, who I knew to be an old rocker," Mr. McKenzie recalled. " `Feel a little old, do we?' I said to him. Then he asked, `Has anyone ever done ballet to Beatles music?'
I wonder what would have happened if the reply had been, "Yes, actually. Michael Smuin did one for the San Francisco Ballet, 20 years ago"?
I'm curious. How do ABT fans feel about this? Theme, music, choice of choreographers, direction of the company, "targeted" audience?