So the first half of casting for ABT's week at City Center went up today online, and here are my first impressions....
As I initially suspected and continue to believe, David Hallberg's "defection" is going to provide some good opportunities for Blaine Hoven, who is dancing the Known by Heart pas de deux with Gillian Murphy. Physically I think they're an interesting pair.
I'm sad the Herrera/Gomes Sinatra Suite will be danced at the Thursday matinee - I would have loved to see what extra oompf an experienced ballerina like Herrera brings to that role, since usually it's given to a soloist or corps member.
The casting for the new Volpi work, Duets, In the Upper Room and Black Tuesday still reads as "Company" (as does Company B), and looking at who's NOT showing up much or at all on the schedule so far, I think it's safe to assume we might be seeing Gillian Murphy, Cory Stearns, Marcelo Gomes, Paloma Herrera, Kristi Boone, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Simone Messmer, Hee Seo and Daniil Simkin more in some of those pieces. So, all in all, not very helpful casting posts in terms of those wanting to wait for the cast lists to buy their tickets.
Faithful readers, is the casting posted today enough for you to make a decision? Or are you hopeful that more casting will be posted soon before buying your tickets?
I've got my 3 nights already - and luckily already one Marcelo Gomes performance among them, so I guess I'm in good shape.
Thoughts, gripes, cheers on what you're seeing so far?