A Fool For You

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Ray Charles and various composers

A tribute to American music legend Ray Charles, A Fool for You features a cast of dancers performing to 12 songs in playful, sometimes sassy, choreography reminiscent of popular American 50s and 60s dances.

Set to 12 songs by the legendary composer and performer Ray Charles, A Fool for You was created by Peter Martins for New York City Ballet’s 1988 American Music Festival. At the premiere performance, on the closing night of the festival, Ray Charles and his back-up singers, the Raelettes, performed on-stage with the dancers of the New York City Ballet, performing such classic songs as “Hit the Road Jack,” “I Got A Woman,” and “What’d I Say” among others.

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Georgia on My Mind, Ain't That Love, Don't You Know, It Should've Been Me, Hit the Road Jack, Rockhouse, Mess Around, A Fool for You, I've Got a Woman, Drown in My Tears, What'd I Say, Ol' Man River, America the Beautiful
May 14, 1988, New York City Ballet, American Music Festival, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Judith Fugate, Leslie Roy, Heather Watts, Robert La Fosse, Lindsay Fischer, Jock Soto

34 Min.
Costumes by
Executed by Barbara Matera; Additional costume design by Marc Happel
Lighting by
Mark Stanley