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Jenny Dalzell on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013
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Clambakes, starkeepers, and robberies gone awry... Sure the plot to Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1945 musical Carousel may be a tad, er, complex, but getting to watch New York City Ballet principals—and fiancées!—Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in the second act is well worth the 150 minutes on your DVR. Plus, Richard Rodgers' music is gorgeous—especially when sung by the amazing Kelli O'Hara with support from the New York Philharmonic.
The first broadcast of PBS' Live from Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" with the New York Philharmonic will be this Friday, April 26 at 9pm ET. (Check your local listings to make sure you don't miss it.) Broadway choreographer Warren Carlyle created the ballet for Peck and Fairchild; you can get a sneak preview here.
This isn't the first time our May 2010 cover girl has danced to Rodgers' melodies. Peck first performed Christopher Wheeldon's 2002 ballet Carousel (A Dance), partnered by the one and only Damian Woetzel, and she will reprise her role for New York City Ballet's spring season next week, on May 2, 5, and 7. (Wheeldon's work is sandwiched between Peter Martins' Thou Swell and Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue on NYCB's "All Rodgers" program.)
Fairchild appeared in a 2009 episode of Live from Lincoln Center, as Romeo in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet. (Sterling Hyltin danced Juliet.) Though that broadcast isn't available to watch on PBS' website, you can watch other clips, including a couple of Mark Morris (like this one), here.
Don't forget to check out the "Plugged In" section of Dance Magazine's May issue to get the scoop on PBS' next Great Performances program May 3!