The old thread was over a year old, so I've started a new one.
I saw NYCB's "Midsummer Night's Dream" on Friday, what a treat! The music is lovely, the children were charming.
Maria Kowrowski was perfection as Titania. She reminds me of a cat, with her long limbs. Did you ever see a kitty awaken from a nap and s-t-r-e-t-c-h all his legs as far as they go for the pure pleasure of it? That's what Maria made me think of, with her amazing extensions. Andrew Veyette was a handsome, courtly Oberon. He was clearly in love with Titania, but exasperated at her refusal to see things his way. His line, extension, speed, were all wonderful.
Sean Suozzi blew me away as Puck. His jumps! His height! His naughty expression. Sean is quite tall and did beautifully with this....hint, hint, ABT! Puck is not just for short guys.
I mentally groaned when I opened my program and saw that Ask la Cour was doing Demetrious. What could this blah blondie pup possibly do with a role that calls for comedy and a facial expression other than boredom? I was stunned. He has a sense of humor after all! He played Demetrious as a clueless nerd and later, as a goofy groom who'd been struck by a lightning bolt.. He actually looked like he was enjoying himself on stage.
Taylor Stanley, still in the corps, was a hysterically funny Bottom.
Savannah Lowery always makes me do a double take, as many times as I've seen her...she bears an uncanny resemblance to my sister-in-law. At least from the neck up. She was a totally fierce Hippolyta, with wicked fouettes.
Act II was fab. Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle were on fire. Tyler Angle strikes me as the Marcelo Gomes of NYCB....his partnering is first-rate, and he makes every lady he dances with look good. (Not that Tiler needs help to look good, of course!) Plus, he is so charismatic, your eyes are invariably drawn to him, even when he is not calling attention to himself.
I won't mention any names, but several guys in the corps need to stop hitting up the gelato booth on the plaza, and head for the salad bar instead.
BTW, I went to Magnolia bakery beforehand, as I felt obligated to try their "Firebird" cupcake. Did someone who works there read my comment in the other thread? I had seen the cupcakes on Tuesday and was surprised they were not orange. emason was with me and can confirm that the cupcake we saw had white icing. Well, on Friday it was orange. The cake is orange date, with orange buttercream frosting. And it was gooooooood. I can also verify that the crepe place across the street has excellent stuff, I had one of their savory crepes for dinner.