Tony Winner Stroman's Double Feature Returns to NYC Ballet, Jan. 31-Feb. 6

News   Tony Winner Stroman's Double Feature Returns to NYC Ballet, Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Tony Award winner Susan Stroman's silent movie-inspired Double Feature will make a return appearance at the New York City Ballet for a limited run.

Billed as "a ballet in two acts," the work will play seven performances only, Jan. 31-Feb. 6, at Lincoln Center's New York State Theatre.

Using the music of Broadway composers Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson, Stroman weaves two acts together. The first act, titled The Blue Necklace, is a melodrama about a woman who gives up her child only to later go searching for her. The latter half, Makin' Whoopee, is a comedy based on the David Belasco play (and subsequent Buster Keaton film) Seven Chances about a man who needs to marry to collect his inheritance.

The piece, commissioned by New York City Ballet, debuted at the company in January 2004 and returned for a run in February 2005.

Among the songs heard are Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "What'll I Do?," "Let Yourself Go," "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing," "Steppin' Out with My Baby" and "How Deep is the Ocean" and Donaldson's "Makin' Whoopee!," "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "My Buddy," "My Blue Heaven," "Romance," "Love Me or Leave Me" and "Yes Sir! That's My Baby"

The full-length ballet features 60 performers (and one dog) and runs approximately two hours and 25 minutes. Director-choreographer Stroman shares libretto credit with Glen Kelly. Orchestrations are by Doug Besterman. Arrangements are by Kelly. Stroman employed her frequent collaborators Robin Wagner (to provide sets) and William Ivey Long (for costumes).

Currently represented on Broadway by Young Frankenstein, Stroman earned Tony Awards (for both direction and choreography) for her previous musical collaboration with Mel Brooks, The Producers. Her other Tony wins for choreography include Crazy For You, Show Boat and Contact. Other Broadway credits include Big, Steel Pier, The Music Man, The Frogs and Oklahoma!

Tickets to Double Feature at the New York State Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, can be purchased by calling (212) 721-6500 or online at nycballet.com.