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  1. The availability situation can change at any minute. Tickets can be donated back for resale up until the performance if the original purchaser decides not to attend and doesn't want to go through the hassle of reselling, despite the potential profit, or tracking down some one to give them to.
  2. Ticket brokers have been known to swoop in and purchased scads of tickets and with Craig's List individuals can do the same. The worst thing is that with the advent of etickets, a dealer can resell the same seat multiple times, by sending each unsuspecting patron a PDF file for the same seats. I was at a performance a couple of years ago when the ushers brought three different couples to the same two seats a couple of rows ahead of me. I don't know how the situation was resolved except that the first couple got to keep the seats.The Eisenhower only seats 1,100. This may be the artistic equivalent of trying to get Superbowl tickets. :-)
  3. Thank you for the further information, Natalia. I agree with you that no mention of Cynthia Gregory or Ivan Nagy or Bujones is pathetic. If anyone needs a reminder, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mH1SvNoZ3gM
  4. How did they treat Lucia Chase in the footage you saw, Natalia? Lisa
  5. It would be really interesting if PBS chose to rebroadcast the documentary Ballet by Frederick Wiseman. http://www.amazon.com/Ballet-By-Frederick-Wiseman-DVD/dp/188591878X It's a snapshot in time as opposed to a history. If I remember correctly, there was some lovely footage of McKerrow.
  6. I think you also have to take into account that there may not be parental support for ballet as a career choice. "Ballet is fine as a hobby, but you need earn a living, consider job security, etc. Become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, whatever and then support the arts. You're going to college." These parents would see themselves as negligent if they didn't push their offspring towards a secure future.
  7. I wish David Koch would build theaters the way Andrew Carnegie built libraries.
  8. I think Little Dancer has the potential to be critic-proof. The woman sitting next to mentioned that this was her fourth time seeing the show. Since then I've had conversations with several people claimed to have seen it two or three times and were still gushing about it. It's not a perfect show but audiences are truly moved by it.
  9. I'm very very happy. This is the first time during this series of annual visits that I'm seeing a production that's completely new to me.
  10. 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
  11. Does the Sugarplum Fairy become Bathtub Ginnie? (Quote fiction doesn't work on the phone. :-( .)
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. It's only 2:30 pm est. The first intermission is just ending. Where you writing your predictions or about the Sat matinee?
  15. I haven't seen Dancers, but Nijinsky was painful to sit through.
  16. Brooklyn Dodgers 1955. Recommended reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir "Wait Till Next Year." Edited to add details.
  17. How much of a loss was Michele Wiles?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. I hope he'll continue to dance somewhere. It's criminal that he was never promoted out of the corps.
  21. This is a strictly personal best of, I got to see NYCB perform the full Jewels after a break of way too many years.
  22. lmspear

    Misty Copeland

    Guess who won a Dance Magazine Award this year. http://dancemagazine.com/issues/December-2014/Dance-magazine-awards-2014
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