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American Splendor

Mixed Repertory Program


July 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York

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American Splendor Mixed Repertory Program

From revered classics to modern masterpieces, ABT celebrates its rich and diverse repertoire in this trio of dynamic works. Included in this program are the 75th Anniversary performances of George Balanchine’s tour de force of Neoclassicism, Theme and Variations, set to the sumptuous Tchaikovsky score, Jessica Lang’s ZigZag, a jazzy and vibrant piece that celebrates the legendary career of Tony Bennett, and the New York Premiere of a new work by Alonzo King.

Running Time: 136 minutes

Theme and Variations

Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Scenery and Costumes by Zack Brown
Lighting by Brad Fields

Running Time: 23 minutes

Created for Ballet Theatre in 1947, this George Balanchine classic is one of his most iconic works, requiring shimmering technique and heroic stamina. Set to Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, Theme and Variations evokes the golden age of Russian classical ballet.

Single Eye Alonzo King New York Premiere

Choreography by Alonzo King
Music by Jason Moran
Set and Costume Design by Robert Rosenwasser
Lighting by Jim French
Rehearsal Assistant: Meredith Webster

Running Time: 30 minutes

This new work by Alonzo King, set to music by jazz artist and composer Jason Moran, received its World Premiere at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in March 2022.


Choreography by Jessica Lang
Songs sung by Tony Bennett with a special duet with Lady Gaga
Creative Associate: Kanji Segawa
Scenery by Derek McLane incorporating artwork by Tony Bennett
Costumes by Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera
Lighting by Nicole Pearce

Running Time: 32 minutes

ZigZag celebrates the legendary career of Tony Bennett, using both his songs and his visual artwork to highlight in the authentic humanity of his vocal performances.

ZigZag is co-commissioned by Abu Dhabi Festival.