Adapted from the popular Franz Lehár operetta for the Australian Ballet in 1975, The Merry Widow, with music arranged by John Lanchbery and Alan Abbott and choreography by Ronald Hynd, kicks off Texas Ballet Theater’s 2015 campaign.
TBT’s production is a North Texas premiere.
The original choreography will be set by the acclaimed Hynd, whom TBT artistic director Ben Stevenson also tapped for a revival production by the Houston Ballet in 1995.
The sets and costumes will be the ones created in 1996 for La Scala by Roberta Guidi di Bagno.
All four performances will be with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Moricz, who stood at the podium for TBT twice last year, the first year TBT used live music after a long, financially motivated absence.
TBT is also holding a drawing for one romantic getway. A Fabulous Fort Worth Date Night includes dinner for two at the downtown gem Grace (Carter Burgess Plaza, 777 Main St, 817-877-3388) and one night at the Marriott Blackstone Hotel (601 Main St, 817-885-8700). –– Leonard Eureka
Texas Ballet Theater’s The Merry Widow runs Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St., FW. Tickets are $15-140. Call 877-828-9200.