“Soirée Musicale,” “A Place for Us,” “Cool (from “West Side Story Suite”),” “Glass Pieces (excerpt),” “The Man I Love” (from “Who Cares”),” “Stars and Stripes” (“Fourth and Fifth Campaigns”)”
New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater
New York, New York
May 8, 2013
By Michael Popkin
Copyright © 2013 by Michael Popkin
New York City Ballet’s spring gala program had two audiences, and worked for both of them. The glittering assembly present for the after-the-performance soirée got a brief appearance by Queen Latifah, who served up a powerful rendition of “The Man I Love” from “Who Cares” alongside Balanchine’s familiar choreography. And in lieu of dinner, two new ballets by Christopher Wheeldon provided substantial fare for the ballet aficionados. Dance excerpts from two Robbins ballets and “Stars and Stripes” mediated between the two.