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American Ballet Theatre Announces Cast Changes for Romeo and Juliet
AT THE CIVIC OPERA HOUSE, MARCH 21-25, 2007
Viacheslav Samodurov, Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet,
To Perform Romeo on March 22 and march 24
herman cornejo and gillian murphy to debut in title roles
during chicago engagement
March 14, 2007 - Due to illness and injury, American Ballet Theatre (ABT)
has announced cast changes and additions for its Chicago engagement of the
romantic classic Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by
Sir Kenneth MacMillan, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, in
Chicago, March 21-25, 2007.
The casting for the roles of ³Juliet,² ³Romeo,² and ³Mercutio² in Chicago is
as follows: Julie Kent, Angel Corella, and Craig Salstein (Opening Night,
Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.); Paloma Herrera, Viacheslav Samodurov, and
Jesus Pastor (Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m.); Xiomara Reyes, Angel Corella,
and Carlos Lopez (Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.); Gillian Murphy*, David
Hallberg, and Craig Salstein (Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m.); Xiomara Reyes,
Herman Cornejo*, and Carlos Lopez (Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m.); Paloma
Herrera, Viacheslav Samodurov, and Jesus Pastor (Saturday, March 24 at 8
p.m.); and Gillian Murphy, David Hallberg, and Craig Salstein (Sunday, March
2 p.m.). *Gillian Murphy will make her debut as ³Juliet² on March 23 at 8
p.m. Herman Cornejo will make his debut as ³Romeo² on March 24 at 2 p.m.
All casting is subject to change.
Guest artist Viacheslav Samodurov of The Royal Ballet - Great Britain's most
prestigious ballet company will join ABT in the role of ³Romeo² for two
performances only, Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, March 24 at 8
p.m. Born in Talinn, Russia, Viacheslav Samodurov trained at the Vaganova
Ballet Academy and joined the Maryinsky Ballet in 1992, where he toured
extensively and was promoted to principal in 1998. In 2000, he joined the
Dutch National Ballet as a principal, where he expanded his repertory to
include works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe,
Hans Van Manen, Jerome Robbins and Rudi Van Dantzig. Samodurov joined The
Royal Ballet in 2003 and has danced the pas de deux Voices of Spring, Romeo
in Romeo and Juliet, the Prince in Cinderella and The Nutcracker, Orion in
Sylvia, Colas in La Fille mal gardée, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Lescaut
in Manon, and Albrecht in Giselle. The Chicago engagement of Romeo and
Juliet will be Samodurov¹s first appearance with American Ballet Theatre.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterful interpretation of William Shakespeare's
enduring romantic tragedy entered ABT¹s repertoire in 1985 and has since
become one of the Company¹s signature productions. Against the sumptuous
setting of Renaissance Italy, MacMillan weaves a dance tapestry rich in
character nuance and sensuality, and Sergei Prokofiev's stirring music
underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet's
The principal roles in Romeo and Juliet are widely considered to be the
ultimate test of dramatic ability, at once demanding both consummate
artistry and technique, while giving leeway for individual interpretation.
ABT¹s dancers, who hail from around the world, each bring distinctive
qualities to these roles, creating a unique audience experience for every
Each performance of MacMillan¹s Romeo and Juliet will feature American
Ballet Theatre¹s 85+ member company, accompanied by a live 65-member
orchestra performing the classic Prokofiev score. The production includes
scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by Thomas Skelton.
An Opening Night Gala, to benefit American Ballet Theatre, will take place
Wednesday evening, March 21, featuring a pre-performance Gala reception at
5:30 p.m., prime seating for the 7:00 p.m. performance of Romeo and Juliet,
and a post-performance champagne toast on stage with the dancers. ABT¹s
Opening Night in Chicago is co-chaired by Sonia Florian and William
McIntosh. Information and tickets for the Chicago Opening Night Gala,
priced from $400, are available by calling (212) 477-3030, extension 3245.
For performance-only tickets, please call (312) 902-1500.
Tickets for performances of American Ballet Theatre¹s Romeo and Juliet,
which range in price from $23 to $103, can be purchased by calling (312)
902-1500; by visiting the Civic Opera House box office; or on-line at
<http://www.ticketmaster.com/> . Groups of 15 or more
can receive discount pricing by calling (312) 922-2110, ext. 357. A limited
number of student rush tickets, priced at $20, will be available on the day
of each performance at the Civic Opera box office and through Ticketmaster.
Students must present a valid ID.
For more information on American Ballet Theatre¹s presentation of Romeo and
Juliet at the Civic Opera House, March 21-25, 2007, please call (312)
902-1500 or visit http://www.abt.org/performances/chicago.asp