The Sunshine Cinema on 143 E. Houston Street in Manhattan will be showing the Royal Ballet's Anastasia tonight at 7pm. Marianela Nunez has the title role the role of Kschessinska. This charming historic cinema's days are numbered, unfortunately. While its lease runs through 2018, the property on which it is housed is being primed for a $35 million sale to build a redevelopment project.
It was great to hear confirmation of David Hallberg's impending return to the stage in The Australian Ballet's Coppelia in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, that bodes well for ABT's spring season. However, we might have to gouge out our eyes if Hallberg ends up in the one uncast Albrecht opposite ABT's worst (to date) Giselle instead of opposite Gillian Murphy or a second Giselle with Stella Abrera. Stella could do two performances on consecutive nights, easily, and we've been waiting over a decade for their promised pairing in this most important ballet of all time. It would be just as easy to change the Saturday night Giselle casting to one with some integrity. Tickets are simply too expensive to waste money on garbage. Hopefully, ABT will show some respect for the art form and for Hallberg, but don't count on it.
Happily, the second week of Nutcracker at New York City Ballet brings the Sugarplum/Cavalier couple of Erica Pereira and Anthony Huxley on Sunday December 4th at 1:00 pm. There aren't many tickets left. This is perhaps Erica's best leading role in ballet to date, and she and Anthony are paired perfectly. The notoriously difficult choreography has rarely been danced more delicately and effortlessly than when Erica steps on stage as the Sugarplum Fairy. Also in the cast will be Ashly Isaacs as Dewdrop, Lauren King in Marzipan, and Harrison Coll debuting as Drosselmeier.