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Gillian Murphy, Jose Manuel Carreño to lead ABT's 'The Sleeping Beauty' in L.A.

March 9, 2010 |  4:15 pm


New York's American Ballet Theatre will stage its 2007 production of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for five performances starting July 15. For the engagement, the company has assembled a starry lineup of some of its most renowned principals.

Five casts are scheduled to perform the ballet for its L.A. run.

Gillian Murphy and Jose Manuel Carreño will open the engagement on Thursday evening, July 15. Murphy will play the role of Princess Aurora and Carreño will play Prince Désiré.

On July 16, Paloma Herrera and David Hallberg will lead the cast. For the July 17 matinee, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky will dance, while Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo will dance in the evening.

The run concludes on July 18 with Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes leading the cast.

The running time for the production is two hours and 20 minutes, including intermission.

Kevin McKenzie, ABT's artistic director, is staging the production, along with former ABT ballerina Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov. The production is derived from Marius Petipa's 1890 choreography.

The sets and costumes are by Tony winners Tony Walton and Willa Kim, respectively.

This production of "The Sleeping Beauty" debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 2007 with Part and Gomes in the lead roles.

That same year, the production traveled to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.

At the time, Times reviewer Chris Pasles wrote that the ballet's various choreographic voices "clash and are sometimes mixed with muddying results."

"The Sleeping Beauty" will be produced by ABT in New York later this year from June 14 to 19, before coming to L.A. as part of the series Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.

-- David Ng

Photo: Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes in ABT's "The Sleeping Beauty." Credit: Gene Schiavone

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