Dance: Cinderella Goes Modern

A.B. T. 's new production has some fun with the fairy tale

For American Ballet Theater, its new million-dollar Cinderella is a crucial venture. In the past year, A.B.T. has been shaken by deficits, and in the consequent scuffles between the board of directors and management, Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov offered with some asperity to resign. The troupe set out on its national tour last December with a lot to prove to creditors, audiences and itself.

Cinderella is not an obvious banner to follow into battle. In one form or another, the ballet dates back...

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