The debut of "Carousel," by Christopher Wheeldon, stirred up plenty of excitement last Tuesday night at the New York City Ballet’s opening-night gala, though no one’s heart could have been racing faster than the choreographer’s. "It was petrifying to watch," said Wheeldon, who, as many noted, is as handsome as he is talented. "We only got into the theater today and didn’t get to run all the way through even once. I was on the edge of my seat."

Of course, watching the troupe’s dancers navigate through an excerpt from Peter Martins’ "Thou Swell," in spindly Manolo Blahniks, created a cliffhanger moment or two. "I don’t know how they do it," Jamee Gregory said. "I can’t even walk in them."

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