Thou Swell

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Richard Rodgers; Music Arranged by Glen Kelly; Orchestrations by Don Sebesky

Thou Swell embodies all the glamour of early-20th-century café society with its glittering décor, sumptuous fashion, and romantic Rodgers songs.

Four elegant couples dance the night away in an art deco ballroom in Peter Martins’ tribute to composer Richard Rodgers. Created in honor of the 100th anniversary of Rodgers’ birth, Thou Swell was first danced in a preview gala performance in 2002 that also included Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance). For NYCB’s 2015 Fall Fashion Gala, Peter Copping of Oscar de la Renta created new costume designs for the ballet.

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Where or When (1937), Manhattan (1925), Mountain Greenery (1926), My Heart Stood Still (1927), This Can't Be Love (1938), Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (1940), The Lady Is a Tramp (1937), Blue Moon (1934), Getting to Know You (1951), Lover (1932), The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1935), With a Song in My Heart (1929), Isn't It Romantic? (1932), You Took Advantage of Me (1928), Thou Swell (1927), Falling in Love with Love (1938)
January 22, 2003, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Darci Kistler, Maria Kowroski, Yvonne Borree, Rachel Rutherford, Jock Soto, Charles Askegard, Nilas Martins, James Fayette

37 Min.
Costumes by
Julius Lurnsden, supervised by Holly Hynes (2003); Peter Copping, supervised by Marc Happel (2015)
Set by
Robin Wagner
Lighting by
Mark Stanley