With its mix of gangsters, vaudeville and ballet, On Your Toes was the first major Broadway musical to incorporate classical dance—courtesy of George Balanchine. One of the 1936 show's numbers is the much-beloved Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, often performed by itself as a standalone ballet. Next month, New York City Center's Encores! revives Rodgers and Hart's On Your Toes, and the cast list, which was just released, includes a few ballet all-stars: American Ballet Theatre principal Irina Dvorovenko as Vera Baronova and New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz as Konstantine Morrosine. "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Alex Wong will perform in the ensemble.
Dvorovenko doing slinky Balanchine in fishnets? Yes, please! Catch one of the seven performances May 8–12.