Bourne ballet to play City Center this fall
Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” migrates back to Gotham this fall, with the homoerotic redux of the Tchaikovsky ballet landing at New York City Center for a 3 1/2-week run.
The production, which preemed at Sadler’s Wells in London in 1995, played Broadway in a 1998 stint that yielded three Tonys, including director and choreographer trophies for Bourne. Show has since toured the world, including four road productions in the U.K.
Latest outing is produced by City Center, Sadler’s Wells (where Bourne’s troupe New Adventures is the resident company) and Back Row Prods., which has toured “Swan Lake” internationally since 2005.
Richard Winsor and Jonathan Ollivier will alternate in the role of the Swan, with Dominic North and Simon Williams cast as the prince who longs for freedom. Original Main Stem cast member Nina Goldman plays the queen.
Lez Brotherston, who won a Tony for his costume design for the show, once again provides the sets and costumes, with Rick Fisher back to design lights.
Production’s four-month run on Broadway scored a wealth of media attention when it opened and racked up a nice advance, but its solid if unspectacular weekly grosses over the duration of the engagement didn’t warrant an extended stay.
“Swan Lake” flits to City Center Oct. 13-Nov. 7.