For the Love of Duke

Choreography by: Susan Stroman

Music by: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

For the Love of Duke combines two hits from Tony Award-winning Susan Stroman: "Frankie and Johnny ... and Rose" shows a two-timing Johnny who ultimately looses the affections of both the women vying for his attention and "Blossom Got Kissed" tells the tale of an awkward ballerina who is transformed by just one kiss.

For the Love of Duke is acclaimed director and choreographer Susan Stroman’s third work for New York City Ballet. Set to the music of Duke Ellington, the ballet features “Blossom Got Kissed,” which Stroman created for NYCB in 1999, as well as a new companion piece.

Performances

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Credits

Music
Winter 2011 Production:
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY...AND ROSE: "Single Petal of a Rose," "Love You Madly," "Such Sweet Thunder," "Frankie and Johnny.” “Single Petal of a Rose” & “Such Sweet Thunder” based on original transcription by David Berger & additional transcription by Doug Besterman & Oran Eldor.
BLOSSOM GOT KISSED: "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" & "Lotus Blossom." Arranged by Andy Farbar & based on an original transcription by David Berger.

Spring 2011 Production:
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY...AND ROSE: credits as above
SUNSET: "Sunset and the Mocking Bird (The Queen's Suite)"
JOHNNY'S LAMENT: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"
BLOSSOM GOT KISSED: credits as above
Premiere
Winter 2011 Production: January 28, 2011, New York City Ballet, David H, Koch Theater; Spring 2011 Production: May 25, 2011, New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Winter 2011 Production: Amar Ramasar, Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, Savannah Lowery, Robert Fairchild
Spring 2011 Production: Amar Ramasar, Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, Lauren Lovette, Savannah Lowery, Robert Fairchild

Length
30 Min.
Costumes by
William Ivey Long
Lighting by
Mark Stanley