The New York City Ballet looked more like the Great White Way on Tuesday evening when the dance company kicked off its season-long Jerome Robbins Celebration at its annual spring gala. Balletomanes including Ethan Hawke, Fe Fendi, Michael J. Fox and Lauren Bacall filed into Lincoln Center for the three-part performance, the finale of which included a tribute to Robbins’ “West Side Story.”
“We wanted the New York State Theatre to meet the glitz and glamour of Broadway,” explained chair Charlotte Moss of the final set, which featured song and dialogue. “Now we’re going to be singing all the way through dinner,” said Hawke, who had “Maria” in his head as he headed upstairs for the after-performance feast.
Valentino, Fe Fendi, and Nina Griscom all declared “The Four Seasons” – Robbins’ contemporary choreography set to the classical stylings of Verdi — their favorite. Nina Griscom appreciated the break from show tunes.
“I’m not a Broadway person,” she said.
“Yes, Nina hates the West Side,” her husband Leonel Piraino chimed in. “Oh, wait, I thought you were talking about neighborhoods.”