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BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Offers a Win-Win with a Balanchine and Robbins Double BillBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Offers a Win-Win with a Balanchine and Robbins Double Bill
by Sondra Forsyth - Feb 1, 2016

As part of New York City Ballet's Winter Season 2016 at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater, the program appropriately entitled "Masters at Work" was a perfect pairing of two disparate yet in one way similar creations by the troupe's founding choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Mr. B's Liebeslieder Walzer, which premiered in November of 1960, is a lush and romantic evocation of 19th century Vienna to the music of Johannes Brahms set to poems by Friedrich Daumer and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In contrast, Robbins's Glass Pieces dating from 1984 is a pulsing portrayal of urban urgency in the 20th century with Philip Glass's minimalist score as the accompaniment. (more...)

BWW Review: NYCB Lauds Balanchine and Creates Beautiful HarmonyBWW Review: NYCB Lauds Balanchine and Creates Beautiful Harmony
by Christina Pandolfi - Jan 25, 2016

Magic happened this past Thursday night at the gorgeous David H. Koch theatre as New York City Ballet lit the stage in the premiere week of their much-anticipated winter season. Getting back to their roots and showcasing what they do so well, the company's three-piece All Balanchine I program celebrated their master choreographer, dancing with undeniable effervescence as they attacked the movement to light up the music's striking affectations; it is an intrinsic quality, and one which makes the company so unique. (more...)

BWW Interview: Nick Cordero Talks A BRONX TALE; Previews Broadway's WAITRESSBWW Interview: Nick Cordero Talks A BRONX TALE; Previews Broadway's WAITRESS
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 22, 2016

Today Cordero chats†exclusively with†BWW about portraying the powerful Capo di Tutti†in the 'quintessential New York story' of A BRONX TALE. (more...)

BWW Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings New Work to New York City CenterBWW Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings New Work to New York City Center
by Rose Marija - Dec 29, 2015

There was an explosion of talented dancers on stage at City Center on December 22, 2015. The energy was high. The dancers lit up the audience so that at the end of each piece, the outburst of applause and yells came from them. It was thrilling for everyone in the theater. (more...)

Lincoln Center to Screen NYC Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER for U.S. Military & Families OverseasLincoln Center to Screen NYC Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER for U.S. Military & Families Overseas
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

On Christmas Day, Lincoln Center will share the warmth of the holiday season when it brings New York City Ballet's exquisite production of George Balanchine's THE NUTCRACKER to approximately 400,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families serving abroad in 175 countries and U.S. territories, via AFN, the American Forces Network. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Tis the Season for George Balanchine's THE NUTCRACKERBWW Review: 'Tis the Season for George Balanchine's THE NUTCRACKER
by Rose Marija - Dec 15, 2015

'Twas 17 nights before Christmas and there I was at the David H. Koch Theater, viewing Balanchine's 62 year old The Nutcracker, performed by the New York City Ballet, which had premiered it on February 2, 1954. Magic was in the air. Although it was a school night, there were a number of excited children in the audience dressed up in their finest party attire, a modern version of the children's party clothes in the first act. This ballet is, of course, geared towards the children, both in the audience and on the stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Alvin Ailey's BLUES SUITE, Starting 12/16 at New York City CenterPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Alvin Ailey's BLUES SUITE, Starting 12/16 at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's holiday season at New York City Center continues this week with the return of Alvin Ailey's original masterpiece†BLUES SUITE†on†Wednesday, December 16th. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the piece! (more...)

Kelli O'Hara to Take THE KING AND I from Broadway to Britain?Kelli O'Hara to Take THE KING AND I from Broadway to Britain?
by Jessica Khan - Dec 10, 2015

The King could soon be traveling from Siam to Anna's world in Britain! The Daily Mail writes that Tony winner Kelli O'Hara might be†leading Broadway's THE KING AND I across the pond late next year or in early 2017, with the Drury Lane Theatre rumored as the musical's new home. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Alvin Ailey's Premiere of Robert Battle's AWAKENINGPhoto Flash: First Look at Alvin Ailey's Premiere of Robert Battle's AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

On Friday, December 4th, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater unveiled Robert Battle's Awakening, his first world premiere since becoming Artistic Director. Grammy-award winning singer Lauryn Hill was in attendance for the debut of the powerful work in which a dozen Ailey dancers lead the audience on a cathartic journey of dissonance and harmony, chaos and resolution. There are seven more opportunities to see Awakening during Ailey's New York City Center holiday season: Dec 12 mat, 17, 19 eve, 22, 24, 26 eve, Jan 2 eve. Scroll down for a first look at the piece! (more...)

THE KING AND I's Hoon Lee Came Late To Acting But Is Catching Up FastTHE KING AND I's Hoon Lee Came Late To Acting But Is Catching Up Fast
by Michael Dale - Nov 6, 2015

Broadway's current King was a graphic designer before a friend asked him to help record a demo for a musical. (more...)

BWW Review: New York City Ballet Spans Hundreds of Years in 1 PerformanceBWW Review: New York City Ballet Spans Hundreds of Years in 1 Performance
by Rose Marija - Oct 21, 2015

On Thursday evening, October 15, 2015, the curtain rose at the David Koch Theater to reveal a colorful stage in the style of commedia dell'arte, vibrant scenery and costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, and lighting by Mark Stanley. The occasion was George Balanchine's Harlequinade, created for the New York City Ballet for the 65th anniversary of Marius Petipa's Les Millions de Harlequin. While this Balanchine ballet premiered on February 4, 1965, its original roots, particularly from commedia dell'arte, were popular in Italy and France from the 16th to the 18th centuries. These comedies were filled with humor, slapstick, and mimicry. Actors wore masks, as did some of the dancers, which became so familiar that they evolved into stock characters, most notably Pierrot and his wife Pierrette; Columbine and Harlequin, who are in love and marry in the second act of the ballet; and the Good Fairy. (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Five Cutting-Edge BalletsBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Five Cutting-Edge Ballets
by Marsha Volgyi - Oct 15, 2015

The NYCB's performance of October 9th was an array of movements and interpretations: some of the works were incredible and others missed the mark. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hoon Lee Joins Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara in THE KING AND I on Broadway!Photo Flash: Hoon Lee Joins Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara in THE KING AND I on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

On Tuesday, September 29, immediately upon completion of filming his starring role on the fourth season of the Cinemax series 'Banshee,'†Hoon Lee†joined Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and the company, assuming†the role of The King, which was originated for this production by Tony Award nominee†Ken Watanabe. Lee replaced†Jose Llana. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a new look at Lee in the role below! (more...)


by Jessica Abejar - Oct 6, 2015

Always a great treasure to the city, New York City Center's Fall for Dance opened its second program with great anticipation. For an affordable price, audiences get a glimpse of the wonderful world of dance, with access to some of the field's greatest visionaries from around the globe. With a roster that included breathtaking athleticism, a comical tap solo, intriguing minimalist ballet, and an entrancing African-urban fusion, Fall for Dance's second program of 2015 did not let the audience down. There is no wonder that this is perhaps one of the hottest tickets in town! (more...)

BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Serves up a Five-Course Feast of Ballets to the Music of American ComposersBWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET Serves up a Five-Course Feast of Ballets to the Music of American Composers
by Sondra Forsyth - Oct 6, 2015

There may be no better way to chase the gloom of an unseasonably chilly and wind-whipped evening in NYC than to watch New York City Ballet's delightfully varied quintuple-bill entitled "Americana X Five". On October 2nd 2015, with Hurricane Joaquin's approach bringing on a gusty downpour, I was among the lucky dancegoers at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center who enjoyed one of the best programs the company has offered in a long time. If you'll be in town through October 7th, don't miss the chance to see the works of four very different choreographers set to the equally wide-ranging works of a talented handful of American composers. (more...)

Hoon Lee Takes the Throne Tonight in Broadway's THE KING AND IHoon Lee Takes the Throne Tonight in Broadway's THE KING AND I
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

The Tony Award-winning production of†Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I, directed by†Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street), welcomes a new leader tonight, September 29. (more...)

Photo Flash: Getting to Know You! First Look at Hoon Lee in THE KING AND I on BroadwayPhoto Flash: Getting to Know You! First Look at Hoon Lee in THE KING AND I on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

On Tuesday, September 29, immediately upon completion of filming his starring role on the fourth season of the Cinemax series 'Banshee,' Hoon Lee will join Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and the company to assume the role of The King, which was originated for this production by Tony Award nominee Ken Watanabe. Lee replaces Jose Llana. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a very first look at the television star in the role! (more...)


by Sondra Forsyth - Sep 28, 2015

New York City Ballet's 'Swan Lake', which opened the 2015 fall season with performances from September 22nd to 29th, is a testament to the old adage that goes 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' In creating this iteration of one of the most beloved staples in ballet's classical canon, Artistic Director Peter Martins and his colleagues tinkered mercilessly with everything from the choreography to the costumes and sets. The dancing on the evening of Friday, September 25th when I saw the production was gorgeous and the story line was suitably moving, but those positive aspects didn't make up for the other glaring flaws. Not only that, but the orchestra was definitely not in fine fettle. Tchaikovsky's glorious score deserves better. (more...)

BWW Interview: Getting to Know Him- Meet Broadway's New Royalty, THE KING AND I's Jose Llana!BWW Interview: Getting to Know Him- Meet Broadway's New Royalty, THE KING AND I's Jose Llana!
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 28, 2015

Earlier this month,†Jose Llana stepped into the role of the King of Siam in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). This marks†Llana's second experience in the iconic show, as he made is Broadway debut almost 20 years ago as Lun Tha†in the 1996 revival. Llana†joins Tony winner Kelli O'Hara for a strictly limited 11-week engagement through Sunday, September 27. Just after he took his first bow on the Vivian Beaumont stage, he checked in with BroadwayWorld to update us on taking on his new role, reuniting with some of his Here Lies Love friends, and so much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 11-17THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 11-17
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 17, 2015

Working up your strategy for how to win the Hamilton? lottery? Fantasizing over the cute puppy you saw at Broadway Barks?†Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' Highlights from this week include a first look at THE WILD PARTY, AMAZING GRACE and Benedict Cumberbatch†and so much more! (more...)

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