November 30, 2006
LOVE WILL BE IN THE AIR THIS SPRING
AS ABT PRESENTS ROMEO AND JULIET
AT THE CIVIC OPERA HOUSE,
MARCH 21-25, 2007
Irina Dvorovenko, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy,
Xiomara Reyes. Maxim Beloserkovsky, Herman Cornejo,
Marcelo Gomes, and David Hallberg Among Principals Cast
Love will certainly be in the air next March as American Ballet Theatre (ABT), America’s National Ballet Company¬Æ, presents the romantic classic Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, in six performances only, March 21-25, 2007, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful interpretation of Shakespeare’s enduring romantic tragedy has become one of ABT’s signature productions. Against a sumptuous setting in Renaissance Italy, MacMillan weaves a dance tapestry rich in character nuance and sensuality, and Sergei Prokofiev’s stirring music underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet’s star-crossed lovers.
Principal dancers scheduled to appear in Chicago include Irina Dvorovenko, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, and David Hallberg. Specific casting will be announced shortly.
This production of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, with scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by Thomas Skelton, received its ABT Company Premiere in 1985. American Ballet Theatre’s 85+ member company will be accompanied by a live 65-member orchestra performing the classic Prokofiev score.
An Opening Night Gala, to benefit American Ballet Theatre, will take place Wednesday evening, March 21, featuring a pre-performance Gala reception at 5:30 p.m., prime seating for the 7:00 p.m. performance of Romeo and Juliet, and a post-performance champagne toast on stage with the dancers. For more information on the Chicago Opening Night Gala program or to purchase Gala tickets from $400, please call 212.477.3030, extension 3245. Opening Night performance-only tickets are also available.
Performances of Romeo and Juliet at the Civic Opera House are as follows: Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 22, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, which range in price from $23 – $103, can be purchased beginning Friday, Nov. 3, by calling (312) 902-1500; visiting the Civic Opera House box office; or on line at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 15 or more can receive discount pricing by calling (312) 922-2110, ext. 357.
For more information on American Ballet Theatre’s presentation of Romeo and Juliet at the Civic Opera House March 21-25, 2007, please call (312) 902-1500 or visit www.civicoperahouse.com.