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  1. Sondheim thought enough of Rear Admiral to include the rank in his list of tasty potential pie fillings in "Have a Little Priest." ;-) https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=xp7xVJ28KLiasQSSjoKoAg&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DCnnVd3wgTX0&ved=0CBwQtwIwAA&usg=AFQjCNHhSU72EhdwbdPQdu4qkCg-LR7eSg&sig2=9y16V30N_5OTFpr-FIQmGA
  2. Does the Sugarplum Fairy become Bathtub Ginnie? (Quote fiction doesn't work on the phone. :-( .)
  3. It's a shame to lose this production. I kind of wish that if the Joffrey felt they needed a change that they would have rescued the Stowall-Sendak (sp?) production. My automatic snarky response generator clicked on when I read the NYT story linked above: 1. Helgi Tomasson used the World's Fair concept in San Francisco just a little while ago. Why relocate it to Chi-town? If I were on the SF Ballet legal staff I would file a cease and desist order just for the publicity value. 2. I hope that Wheeldon isn't going to use the Erik Larson bestseller, "Devil in the White City" as a source of inspiration. It would just be too revolting. http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-White-City-Madness/dp/0375725601
  4. I think your question should be directed at the house management. Ushers have no power or discretion in setting policies for audience behavior. They are on the bottom of the totem pole.
  5. It's only 2:30 pm est. The first intermission is just ending. Where you writing your predictions or about the Sat matinee?
  6. I haven't seen Dancers, but Nijinsky was painful to sit through.
  7. Brooklyn Dodgers 1955. Recommended reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir "Wait Till Next Year." Edited to add details.
  8. How much of a loss was Michele Wiles?
  9. lmspear

    Misty Copeland

    I do think McKenzie is prejudiced against short dancers. Reyes is great, but he seems to think that there is room for only one short principle female dancer.
  10. Our local PBS affilliate in Washington has so many Anglophile members that they added an all UK digital substation to replace the crafts DIY substation. It's mostly the detective shows and lots of the Brit. Antiques Roadshow and a smattering of the comedies. When they switched over they celebrated with a marathon showing of "I, Claudius." http://www.weta.org/tv/uk Edited to add link.
  11. I hope he'll continue to dance somewhere. It's criminal that he was never promoted out of the corps.
  12. This is a strictly personal best of, I got to see NYCB perform the full Jewels after a break of way too many years.
  13. lmspear

    Misty Copeland

    Guess who won a Dance Magazine Award this year. http://dancemagazine.com/issues/December-2014/Dance-magazine-awards-2014
  14. Never mind. I just repeated the info another poster gave before I got here.
  15. Gage and Tollner's is long gone,but there's the original Peter Luger's and Junior's is close by if you want real NY cheesecake. There's a zoo and ice skating and Frederick Law Olmsted's design in Prospect Park.
  16. A short preview: http://www.broadway.com/videos/155764/exclusive-sneak-a-peek-at-rehearsals-for-an-american-in-paris-with-craig-lucas-christopher-wheeldon/?page=1&sort=newest#play
  17. http://www.kennedy-center.org/email/live_archive/email_8207_viewable.html 72-hour offer: $39 orchestra seats!* The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Hear from Principal Dancers Michael Cook and Natalia Magnicaballi on why they love performing with Suzanne Farrell’s company! The Kennedy Center's own ballet company—led by George Balanchine’s greatest muse—returns to the Opera House with a program that is truly one of firsts, featuring three company premieres and a duo of returning favorites. Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine—company premiere) Monumentum Pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra (Stravinsky/Balanchine) Allegro Brillante (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine—company premiere) The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody) (Chopin/Robbins—company premiere) Nov. 28–30 | Opera House ________________________ *If ordering by phone or in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, mention offer number 190344 to receive your discount. (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 | Groups (202) 416-8400 ________________________ *$39 offer (tix reg. up to $59) valid on select orchestra sections for performances of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet 11/28-30. Offer expires Saturday, November 15 at 9 p.m. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Service fees may apply. The Kennedy Center's Ballet Season is presented with the support of Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian. General Dynamics is the proud sponsor of the 2014-2015 Ballet Season.
  18. Sorry for the delayed report I actually attended this past Saturday instead of the previous one as I thought. (Guess I really really wanted to see it.) Anyway, Natalia, I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the show. I don't have the playbill in front of me so I can't identify individuals and credits, but there is a lot of solid training and performing experience on that stage and it shows. I particularly enjoyed the the dancer playing the Opera choreographer. He graduated from Julliard and danced with both the Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris companies. Visually it is the most gorgeous thing I've seen on stage recently. The dappled colors of the scenery and the lighting made me feel as though I was looking through Degas' eyes. The deterioration of his vision is one of the major plot lines. I could easily believe that these were people living by gaslight. My one very very tiny annoyance came when Young Marie's best friend-side kick made some overly obvious comments on the action. Very short moments that just made me grimace. The play is full of well-realized characters that feel like real people execpt for these few comments by the best friend. Major themes were aging, coming of age, friendship, the desire for freedom and art, family, identity and survival. It's not fair that Tiler Peck is so talented. She is a convincing actress and singer, as well as the magnificent dancer that we know from her years on the stage. In interviews she seems very grounded and intelligent. All I can do is be impressed. The rest of the cast is very fine and convincing. In addition to the dance sequences set in the ballet studio and theater there is a short burst of waltz clog in a scene where Young Marie is busking on the street with the rehearsal violinist and a cafe scene where Marie is taken for a night out by her older sister that has the first appearance of the cancan and a polka is danced as well. I think I like the score, but I wouldn't want to pass judgment without hearing it a few more times. I can say that the score works. My recommendation is that if coming to Washington is a reasonable day trip for you, get your tickets before the reviews come out. It plays through Nov. 30th. There is a performance on Thanksgiving night as well. Washington tends to empty out at Thanksgiving because a large proportion of the population are transplants and they fly home for their turkey (I'll be back in NY). You might even be able to find a deal at an in-town hotel. If you want to really treat yourself, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet is performing 11/28-11/30 in the Opera House with this program: 1951 version of Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Monumentum & Movements and The Concert. The only thing to fear is the traffic on I-95.
  19. I wouldn't mind ABT presenting Balanchine so much if they were bringing it to audiences who didn't have the opportunity to see it danced by NYCB. If they insist on doing Balanchine, I wish it would be pieces that are not in the current repertory. I've seen Allegro Brilliante and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (both of which I love) too many times in recent years.
  20. I like both the Ashton and Balanchine versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. There's video out there of Alessandra Ferri dancing the Balanchine version with the La Scala company opposite Roberto Bolle and the Ashton version with ABT opposite Ethan Steifel.
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