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  1. Not sure if anyone else noticed this, but NYCB is now posting Children Casting info. https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB_2019-Nutcracker-Childrens-Casting-120619.pdf
  2. https://www.showbiz411.com/2019/12/09/www-showbiz411-com-west-side-story-adds-tony-winning-choreographer-serge-trujillo The show is bringing in choreographer Sergio Trujillo as a "consultant".
  3. I think Ball is probably the next male dancer that will be promoted to principal if he can do a good job in SL. Added: Don't forget this SL is a Martins production, and he will have his say in casting and possibly coaching. This makes me wonder whether Bouder will be cast again in SL at NYCB.
  4. I was surprised that only one of the three casts of T&V from the Fall is coming back in the Spring. I understand that Teuscher is doing Lilac Garden on the same program, but she was so good I'm disappointed she's not reprising her role in T&V. I'm surprised about Lane being shut out, but not surprised that we won't see Gorak again in T&V. He did a poor job, in my opinion. I am thrilled that Shevchenko will debut in T&V.
  5. I would love to see a debut by Mira Nadon as either Sugarplum or Dewdrop. I have no Nutcracker tickets, but a debut by Nadon just might motivate me to buy.
  6. I can't imagine Ahn as Albrecht. He is strong technically, but from what I've seen he is not much of an actor. I guess that will improve over time.
  7. This is certainly Forster's big chance at a promotion, with all of these new important roles. Fingers and toes crossed that he stays healthy and does well in all of these assignments. The amount of new material he will be learning for the spring season seems overwhelming.
  8. Interesting economics dynamic. Did ticket sales fall so much that McKenzie knew he hadt to bring in the big guns like Osipova, Smirnova and Kim to boost sales? I'm looking forward to seeing Osipova more than Hallberg, but they arrive as a package deal apparently. Also, since every performance of SL is usually a sell out regardless of who is performing, they finally bit the bullet and added more shows to improve overall sales. No Don Q or Corsaire is a surprise. I'm adopting a wait and see attitude on the new Ratmansky. Fortunately it will be reviewed out of town before it comes to NYC, so we can at least get some idea of its quality. I hope it is not a one hour 15 minute ballet that they are stretching out to be two acts, as they have often done. Sad to see that Herman is no longer dancing Desire. His performance of the difficult solo in the wedding act was impeccable, and nobody else who did the role at ABT came close to Herman's breathtaking performance.
  9. And Hallberg is now down to two shows in an 8 week season. That's half the number of shows he is doing at the Royal Ballet.
  10. Sadly, Cornejo is again cast in SL with Copeland. I would like to see him again in this role, but..... Ahn got one lead. I already closed out of the calendar so I have already forgotten what role. Senior moment.
  11. Not a problem. Good news should be repeated often! Calvin got two Romeos and an Albrecht!! Gorak got back his Romeo role for one show, and also got two Deisire performances. Hoven and Hammoudi got zip. added: Shevchenko is getting one Giselle (plus a Myrta).
  12. If you click on the names of individual dancers on the company website, you can see what roles they have scheduled for spring. Example, Hurlin is getting Aurora in the spring. Forster gets two SL!! and Albrecht and Romeo!! Trenary got a Juliet And Lane Finally gets a Juliet!
  13. Smirnova, Osipova and Kim - OH MY! I'm there. I can't get that grid attachment to open.
  14. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/arts/dance/review-abt-american-ballet-theater-swan-lake-isabella-boylston-alban-lendorf.html Maybe, but the issues with her torso and neck have been noticed, at least by the NY Times, as a negative limitation on her success in certain roles.
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