“The Winter’s Tale” – A New Masterwork by Christopher Wheeldon and Joby Talbot

¬† (danceeurope.net) It’s not often that I get to use the word “master” writing about anything¬† but here it is. A new, full-length ballet choreographed by the great Christopher Wheeldon of “An American in Paris” fame composed to the music of Joby Talbot who has worked with Wheeldon before on another of his full-length ballets,…

Return to the Joyce for a Little Dance

(grandlifehotels.com) This time, we headed over to Eighth Avenue and 18th Street for Parsons Dance, an innovative group led by Artistic Director and choreographer David Parsons. It has often struck me that we adore the Met Opera, steward of great operas of the past, but rarely go to see new works mounted there–our limitation you…

School of Rock–Surprisingly Listenable and Watchable

Lots of talent here: Downton’s scribe, Julian Fellowes, did the book which is very funny, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs and Glenn Slater’s lyrics were tuneful and clever and the choreography took off the roof. I’m happy to say that the music almost never stopped. It’s the old story of a strict school run by the…

Nougatine and Juilliard

For Rory’s birthday, I treated him to the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges’ more casual cafe, Nougatine, next door to its big sister in Trump Tower. When I say more casual, I am speaking strictly of the decor which is very gray, very silver, very chic, not the food, which is exquisite. Part of the fun…

The New York City Ballet–A National Treasure

(nycballet.com) Somehow, I missed most of the New York City Ballet’s spring season but woke up in time to catch “Midsummer Night’s Dream” last night at the State (Koch) Theater. George Balanchine’s first full length ballet, created in 1962, bore all the hallmarks of the master–the way he discreetly moved individuals on and off the…

Gigi on Broadway–Remind Me Why, Exactly, We Are Here?

(nytimes.com) If you loved Gigi, the movie, there are remnants of it here, most notably the music and lyrics including additional songs by the authors, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Unfortunately, these extra songs are not up to the rest of the score and finally, after many years of defending it to Rory, I…

The King and I – Good Revival of an Old Favorite

I never saw this show on stage with Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence (wsj.com) but was, of course, familiar with the gorgeous 1956 film starring Yul Brynner and the non-singing Deborah Kerr dubbed by opera’s Marni Nixon.(bam.org) Here the leads are played by Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe but the real stars of this show…