Dance: Rival Romeos HIT THE ROAD

Romeos HIT THE ROAD Joffrey's is gutsy, but A.B.T.'s is better

Montague and Capulet. John Cranko and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Verona and Washington, D.C. Romeo and Juliet.

The paths of ballet companies are apparently no less star-crossed than those of lovers. Despite the fairly plentiful literature of full-length works available, both A.B.T. and Joffrey are staging expensive, opulent productions & based on Shakespeare's tragedy and set to Sergei Prokofiev's marvelous score. The Joffrey version premiered in Washington last Dec. 12, and A.B.T.'s followed it into the Kennedy Center last week.

There are sound reasons for such a project. Full-length ballets do better at the box...

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