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From SWEENEY TODD to BANDSTAND to GREAT COMET, the Ins and Outs of Actor/MusiciansFrom SWEENEY TODD to BANDSTAND to GREAT COMET, the Ins and Outs of Actor/Musicians
by Matt Tamanini - Jun 11, 2017

Music has been a part of theatre since the dawn of the genre; from the origins of the Greek chorus to opera to Vaudeville to and to musical theatre. However, in recent years the line between the music and the theatre on Broadway has become more blurred as in unique and creative ways, we have seen performers serving as both actors and musicians. (more...)

BWW Review: THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET at The Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - Jun 9, 2017

The New York City Ballet's technique, grace, and variety of programming is impeccable. The night feels like a quick tour through the dance and music of the past 100 years, starting with the jazz of George Gershwin and ending with the frenetic electronica of Dan Deacon. There's something for everyone here, whether you prefer your ballet classical or contemporary. (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET PROGRAM A at Kennedy CenterBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET PROGRAM A at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 8, 2017

One of the finest ballet companies in the country is in town this week at the Kennedy Center for two programs that feature the work of some of the world's most famous choreographers. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Taylor StanleyBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Taylor Stanley
by Elliot Lanes - Jun 2, 2017

Today's subject Taylor Stanley is living his theatre life as a company member of  New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the most famous and prestigious ballet companies in the country. With repertoire works that feature choreography by such greats as George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, it's easy to understand why the company has that status. NYCB begins a one week engagement at the Kennedy Center's Opera House on June 6. The two programs will feature the works of George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, and the DC premiere of a work by Alexei Ratmansky. (more...)

BWW Review: New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMBWW Review: New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Barnett Serchuk - May 31, 2017

Reviewing George Balanchine 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on Wednesday, May 24 was like visiting an old friend. My father took me to see it as a child soon after it opened in 1962, and while the memory fades as we grow older, Gloria Govrin in the role of Hippolyta bounding around the stage remains steadfast, never diminishing. Thank you, New York City Ballet, for the recollection and for a wonderful theatrical evening. (more...)

 New York City Ballet Presents its Here and Now Festival New York City Ballet Presents its Here and Now Festival
by Rose Marija - May 19, 2017

New York City Ballet continues to include new choreographies in its repertoire, billed this season as the Here and Now Festival. On May 12, 2017 NYCB performed four newer works created in 1994, 1998, 2006, and a world premiere. (more...)

Robert Binet's THE BLUE OF DISTANCE Returns to New York City BalletRobert Binet's THE BLUE OF DISTANCE Returns to New York City Ballet
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Blue of Distance by Robert Binet, Choreographic Associate with The National Ballet of Canada, returns to the David H. Koch Theater at New York's Lincoln Center for two performances on May 10 and 13, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Expanding the Range of Ballet with NEW YORK CITY BALLETBWW Review: Expanding the Range of Ballet with NEW YORK CITY BALLET
by Caryn Cooper - May 9, 2017

As part of their spring NYC season, New York City Ballet (NYCB) presents the Here/Now Festival featuring ten specially curated programs. This is an opportunity for audiences to see the breadth, quality, and range of works that have been developed over the past three decades. On the evening of May 3, 2017, I had the opportunity to see program number 3- dedicated to the repertory of Resident Choreographer, Justin Peck. (more...)

BWW Review: NYCB ALL ROBBINS Shines with Playful ExuberanceBWW Review: NYCB ALL ROBBINS Shines with Playful Exuberance
by Christina Pandolfi - Apr 24, 2017

The New York City Ballet kicked off day two of the company's 2017 Spring Season on Wednesday, April 19 at the opulent David H. Koch Theater. A performance dedicated to the iconic playfulness of Jerome Robbin's choreography, the evening started on a high note with the orchestra's charming “See the Music” section, treating the audience to teaser selections of the coming score. The bluesy, sultry notes of Bernstein's music set the scene beautifully; as the orchestra descended back into the pit, the curtain rose on “Fancy Free,” the legendary collaboration between Robbins and Bernstein, which later inspired Broadway's sensation “On The Town.” (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Offers a Winning Jerome Robbins Triple BillBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Offers a Winning Jerome Robbins Triple Bill
by Sondra Forsyth - Feb 27, 2017

On the evening of Saturday, February 25th 2017 at the Koch Theater, a triple bill showed off the versatility and genius of Jerome Robbins, who with George Balanchine was a Founding Choreographer of NYCB. (more...)

BWW Review: New York City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTYBWW Review: New York City Ballet's SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Barnett Serchuk - Feb 22, 2017

When Aurora makes her first appearance in SLEEPING BEAUTY, the audience usually sits up-there's a murmur, an anticipation. THE STAR is here, and she's in charge for the next two hours. And THE STAR had better be ready. The audience is watching her every move, not to mention her every mishap. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Daniel HarderBWW Interview: Theatre Life with Daniel Harder
by Elliot Lanes - Feb 6, 2017

Today's subject is living his theatre life as a company member of one of the most prestigious dance companies in the country. Daniel Harder is currently on tour with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The company will be performing at The Kennedy Center starting tomorrow evening (Feb 7th) through 12th in the Opera House. (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET's New Combinations 2017BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET's New Combinations 2017
by Wesley Doucette - Feb 6, 2017

A review of three works presented at the New York City Ballet's 'New Works' program. (more...)

BWW Review: NYCB Creates Colorful Nuance with Stravinsky x FiveBWW Review: NYCB Creates Colorful Nuance with Stravinsky x Five
by Christina Pandolfi - Jan 30, 2017

Dampened from the chilly rain falling outside, I stepped into the majestic David H. Koch Theater on January 24, 2017 in desperate need of comfort. But I got so much more than that at New York City Ballet's Stravinsky x Five program. As I took my seat, the heavenly timbres of Stravinsky's bluesy score from "Scenes de Ballet" flooded my ears and spirit. In that moment, all was right in the world, and it stayed that way for the entire evening. (more...)

BWW Review: New York City Ballet's ALL BALANCHINE PROGRAM, Winter 2017BWW Review: New York City Ballet's ALL BALANCHINE PROGRAM, Winter 2017
by Barnett Serchuk - Jan 24, 2017

George Balanchine said that 'Allegro Brillante' contained everything he knew about classical ballet in 13 minutes. I would say a bit more, depending on the tempo the conductor is taking for the evening. But putting tempos aside, 'Allegro Brilliante' offers a ballet so rich in form and steps that it's hard to take it all in. I've been watching the ballet for over 30 years, and I still marvel and its invention and the sheer stamina it takes to perform the work. (more...)

Dark, Graceful, Whimsical and Enduring - Looking Back at Shows That Closed in 2016Dark, Graceful, Whimsical and Enduring - Looking Back at Shows That Closed in 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 30, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2017, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Presents Contemporary WorksBWW Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Presents Contemporary Works
by Rose Marija - Dec 27, 2016

On Wednesday evening, December 21, 2016, I was fortunate to be present as the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater performed three pieces created in the 21st century by three choreographers, two European, Johan Inger and Mauro Bigonzetti, and one home grown, a veteran dancer of the Ailey company, Hope Boykin. Each piece is a world unto itself, different from the other two. (more...)

BWW Review: Celebrating Ailey's Legacy with Vibrant Productions by ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATERBWW Review: Celebrating Ailey's Legacy with Vibrant Productions by ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
by Caryn Cooper - Dec 16, 2016

December 13, 2016 continued the favorite return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their joyous annual five-week holiday engagement at the New York City Center. Under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to reach audiences of all ages, while using dance as a platform to unify and educate. This evening's program did just that! (more...)

Susan Stroman to Helm New Musical Featuring Music of Alan Jay LernerSusan Stroman to Helm New Musical Featuring Music of Alan Jay Lerner
by TV News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (THE PRODUCERS) is joining forces with writer John Lahr to develop a new musical featuring the music of Broadway and Hollywood lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (more...)

BWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's ClassicsBWW Dance Review: City Ballet Miscasts the Founder's Classics
by Juan Michael Porter II - Oct 17, 2016

The state of any company's dancing can be gauged by looking at how it performs its founder's work. Of course that is no easy feat to assess with City Ballet, what with its glorious repertoire. All the same, Wednesday October 12th's program found the company disconcertingly off the mark. In politics, we follow the money; in ballet, we follow the casting. (more...)

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