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The Fantastic Toyshop


Choreography by Leonide Massine
Music by Gioacchino Rossini (selections from Les Riens)
Orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi
Curtain, Scenery and Costumes by Andre Derain

World Premiere

(under the title La Boutique Fantasque)
Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes
June 5, 1919
Alhambra Theatre
London, England

Cast:
Enrico Cecchetti (Shopkeeper)
Alexander Gavrilov (Assistant)
Lydia Sokolova, Leon Woizikowski (Tarantella Dancers)
Stanislas Idzikowski (The Snob)
Nicholas Sverev (Cossack Chief)
Vera Clark, Nicholas Kremiev (Dancing Poodles)
Lydia Lopouhkova, Leonide Massine (Can-Can Dancers)

ABT Premiere

January 4, 1943
Central High School Auditorium
Omaha, Nebraska

Cast:
Simon Semenoff (Shopkeeper)
Nicolas Orloff (Assistant)
Hubert Bland (Thief)
Muriel Bentley (English Old Maid)
Antony Tudor (American)
Shirley Eckl (Wife)
Jerome Robbins (Son)
Nora Kaye, Yurek Lazowsky (Tarantella Dancers)
Richard Reed (The Snob)
John Taras (Melon Hawker)
Andre Eglevsky (Cossack Chief)
Karen Conrad, John Kriza (Dancing Poodles)
Irina Baronova, Leonide Massine (Can-Can Dancers)