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McGee Maddox in An American in Paris

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NBoC principal McGee Maddox will be taking over the role of Jerry Mulligan for the North American tour of An American in Paris, beginning in mid-April. 

 

He will be with the show in Toronto on March 27 through April 29, 2018.  

 

Congratulations, McGee! 

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Just to clarify, Josette--beginning this April? Wondering if he will be at SCFTA? It comes through April 2017. I believe I saw him in Romeo & Juliet last time (maybe he played Tybalt?) and thought he was compelling.

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Thanks, volcanohunter. I guess I am catching the show at just the right time to see the switch!

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Yes, he will definitely be on stage at Segerstrom Hall.  Have my tickets in hand for two shows. 

 

ksk04: Yes, he was most certainly a memorable and compelling Tybalt in Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet on opening night a few years ago at the Music Center (for me, he stole the show), and then became an ardent Romeo for a weekend matinee with Chelsy Meiss, and performed Tybalt later that evening. 

 

 

 

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The Playbill article says "Maddox, a former Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada" but I don't think he has left the company, I thought he had taken sabbatical. 

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2 hours ago, naomikage said:

The Playbill article says "Maddox, a former Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada" but I don't think he has left the company, I thought he had taken sabbatical. 

 

It is my understanding that he has left, but I may be wrong

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12 hours ago, Josette said:

He is not listed on the NBoC roster when I last checked. 

 

Thank you Josette and Katherine, so the male principal roster is rather thin now. 

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9 minutes ago, naomikage said:

Thank you Josette and Katherine, so the male principal roster is rather thin now. 

 

There are now 5 male principals. In terms of numbers, 6 male principals has been fairly typical at NBOC, and I expect Gabriele Frola or Skylar Campbell will be promoted to principal in June to take it back there.

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So it turns out I saw Maddox's last performance with the company in Ottawa in January. I'll say this: it was a good one.

 

Neither Campbell nor Frola is anywhere near as tall as Maddox, so their potential promotions would still leave a significant partnering gap. Also, the male principals are an injury-prone bunch, so I am inclined to think that six is too few, even if there have been as few as four in recent years, following the retirement of Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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This is a very interesting development indeed.  All the best to Mr. Maddox, though I admit that he was never my favourite to watch.

 

So who to replace him?  I agree about Campell's height.  Partnering was something I felt he struggled with early on - this has most assuredly improved, however is it strong enough?

 

All of the first soloist men seem to be shorter... I enjoy all of them, don't get me wrong.  I probably enjoy watching these dancers more than I ever did Maddox... but if we are looking for a tall male principal it wouldn't be one of them.  As a side note I've always felt it curious that KK tended to hire tall women (e.g. Fischer), but short men (e.g. Tedaldi).

 

Should we consider second soloist potential?  I would look at Brendan Saye and Brent Parolin.  Perhaps not quite ready for principal, but these men are tall and with beautiful lines.

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19 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

So it turns out I saw Maddox's last performance with the company in Ottawa in January. I'll say this: it was a good one.

 

Neither Campbell nor Frola is anywhere near as tall as Maddox, so their potential promotions would still leave a significant partnering gap. Also, the male principals are an injury-prone bunch, so I am inclined to think that six is too few, even if there have been as few as four in recent years, following the retirement of Aleksandar Antonijevic.

 

I agree, but I guess it's what they can afford. Karen Kain often casts lower-than-principal-rank males in principal roles. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Saye as Siegfried in Swan Lake in June, for example. I guess if you can get them to do the principal work without the principal price tag...

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Somehow it wouldn't seem fair to ask Saye to partner the company's bigger and taller women, but then give the promotion to Campbell or Frola.

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