OMG, OMG......I will have to do a detailed review tomorrow, because I just got home and it was so beautiful....I was overwhelmed. It was SUBLIME.
I was in a box with a woman around my age and her daughter....during the act II pdd, I heard the older woman let out a sob, and her daughter whispered "Mom, don't, you'll get me started"....within seconds all 3 of us were in tears.
emason, I have never seen Jose and Diana dance together, but I can see how it would be a total bust. I have seen 2 Swan Lakes with Jose with especially memorable moments, however. I don't recall who he was dancing with in the first, but when he threw himself off the cliff to commit suicide, there must have been an extra-springy mattress waiting to break his fall......and he popped back up. Totally ruined the moment when the audience started giggling.
The second was a matinee with Gillian Murphy. They had just started the act II pdd when a toddler in one of the GT boxes started screaming at the top of his lungs. The ushers paused before rushing the box, I imagine they were hoping his mother would hustle him out of there pronto. She didn't, though, and it was several minutes before silence was restored. I was sure the orchestra would stop and start the music again, but Jose and Gillian did not miss a thing and just kept going right through the ruckus.