Stroman (The Producers, Contact, Crazy for You, The Scottsboro Boys and more) created Frankie and Johnny as a companion piece to her 1999 work for NYCB, Blossom Got Kissed. This is the third work that Stroman has created for NYCB. She last worked with NYCB in 2004 when she created the full-length Double Feature.
"There are no companion pieces on Broadway," Stroman told writer Terry Trucco for an article in the NYCB Playbill. The pieces (each running about 15 minutes) are now under the umbrella title of For the Love of Duke — a two-part, one-act ballet that swings.
For the Love of Duke appears on a program of rotating pieces on the following dates: 8 PM Jan. 28, 3 PM Jan. 30, 8 PM Feb. 3, 8 PM Feb. 4, 2 PM Feb. 5, 3 PM Feb. 6, and into the Spring Season (on a program with Robbins' West Side Story Suite and Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue) 7:30 PM May 25, 2 PM and 8 PM May 28 and 3 PM May 29.
Tickets are on sale at the David H. Koch Theater box office, through Center Charge at (212) 721-6500, and at nycballet.com.
All performances will take place at the David H. Koch Theater, which is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street.