May brings world-class ballet to northeastern Oklahoma as Tulsa Ballet’s Signature Series: From Ballet to Broadway promises a spectacular finale to its season, which saw some of the highest ticket sales in the company’s 62-year history.
Signature Series features contemporary works by the world’s top ballet and Broadway choreographers, “including three-time Tony Award-winning choreographer of Hamilton, Andy Blankenbuehler,” says Scott Black, managing director at Tulsa Ballet. “He is creating his very first dance work for a ballet company. He created this new piece, titled Remember Our Song, while also choreographing the upcoming film version of the musical Cats … being shot in London.”
The program includes two other pieces, including Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins of West Side Story, Gypsy and The King and I fame. Fancy Free was later extended to become a full musical, On the Town, best known for the film starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly about three sailors with 24 hours of shore leave in New York City.
The third piece, Who Cares, was created by choreographer George Balanchine and features the music of George and Ira Gershwin, composers of some of Broadway’s most popular standards, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American In Paris.”
Signature Series runs May 9-12 at the University of Tulsa’s Lorton Performance Center. Visit tulsaballet.org for tickets and more information.