Broadway meets ballet this weekend when Miami City Ballet brings its last program of the season to the Kravis Center.
The crowd-pleasing “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” was George Balanchine’s first Broadway collaboration, from the 1936 musical “On Your Toes.”
The fast-paced, accessible ballet includes gangsters, strippers and is that a murder plot? Expect tap dancing, sexy costumes and even some talking parts from usually mute dancers.
Program IV also includes “West Side Story” choreographer Jerome Robbins’ 1969 “Dances at a Gathering,” originally a pas de deux for MCB’s founder and former artistic director Edward Villella and Patricia McBride at New York City Ballet.
Robbins expanded the work into 18 parts, with 10 dancers soaring through the inventive, uplifting choreography set to Frederic Chopin’s lively mazurka-tinged piano music, which will be played live.
Under new artistic director Lourdes Lopez, MCB is branching into new collaborations, which at this point are just for Miami performances.
Working for the first time with the Miami Beach-based New World Symphony, an MCB neighbor, the company is premiering the work of just-appointed, choreographer-in-residence Justin Peck on April 20 in Miami Beach.
Lopez promises future collaborations next season.
IF YOU GO
Miami City Ballet’s Program IV, “Broadway meets Ballet.”
WHEN: Tonight through Sunday afternoon.
TIME: Tonight at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach
TICKETS: $20 to $175
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.kravis.org or miamicityballet.org, or call the Kravis Center box office at 561-832-7469.