Romeo and Juliet by American Ballet Theatre

Romeo and Juliet will be performed by the American Ballet Theatre at the Detroit Opera House on March 13, 14, and 15.

Detroit, MI, March 06, 2009 --( American Ballet Theatre Returns to the Detroit Opera House with the Passionate Romeo and Juliet

The little star with big dreams – Angelina Ballerina – to appear at the Sunday March 15 matinee

American Ballet Theatre arrives at the Detroit Opera House this March with the passionate love story of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, March 13-15 2009. Sir Kenneth MacMillan's masterful interpretation of Shakespeare's enduring romantic tragedy has become one of ABT's signature productions. Against a sumptuous setting in Renaissance Italy, MacMillan weaves a dance tapestry rich in character nuance and sensuality. Sergei Prokofiev's stirring music, performed live by the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet's star-crossed lovers. American Ballet Theatre, the nation’s foremost classical ballet company, last appeared at the Detroit Opera House in 2007.

Award-winning choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan premiered his version of Romeo & Juliet in 1965 by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. His adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare is the most well-known adaptation for dance. MacMillan’s version made its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere in Washington, D. C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1985, danced by Leslie Browne and Robert La Fosse.

Adding to the ballet magic is a special appearance at the Sunday matinee performance by Angelina Ballerina, a remarkable mouseling who inspires young girls’ love of dance. Encouraging and teaching children that they can achieve their dreams with hard work, courage and character is the premise of the Angelina Ballerina books by Katherine Holabird and children’s TV programs. An American Ballet Theatre partner, Angelina will visit with children and be available for photos from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. before the matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet on Sunday March 15.

A master class for advanced level ballet dancers ages 14 to adult will be taught by American Ballet Theatre on Saturday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. The master class is free with a ticket or ticket stub or $25 without. The class is open to the public and will be held at the Detroit Opera House. To register, email:

American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. The company has also made more than 30 international tours to 42 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company, and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements. In keeping with the Company’s long-standing commitment to bringing the finest in dance to the widest international audience, ABT has recently enjoyed triumphant successes with engagements in Tokyo, London, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Palermo, Italy. Over its 66-year history, the Company has appeared in a total of 131 cities in 42 countries. ABT has also appeared in all 50 U.S. States and embarked on its first trip to China in 2001, appearing in both Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet at the magnificent Detroit Opera House, March 13-15 range from $29-$101, and are available in at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit, 48826), by phone at (313) 237-SING (7464) or online at Tickets are also available at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (248) 645-6666 or online at

American Ballet Theatre
Romeo and Juliet
Friday, March 13, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 2:30 p.m.
At the magnificent Detroit Opera House

Michigan Opera Theatre
Rebekah Johnson