"Cry-Baby," the latest musical based on a John Waters film, is to be unveiled at La Jolla Playhouse and seems destined to have a riotous future. The book is by funnymen Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, who also adapted Waters' "Hairspray" for the stage, and the director is Mark Brokaw, whose Broadway revivals of "Reckless" and "The Constant Wife" demonstrated crack comic timing. Songwriters David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger may not have much of a theatrical track record, but risk-taking is what Waters has been all about.
La Jolla Playhouse through Dec. 16. www.lajollaplayhouse.org
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, September 13, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Master Chorale: A Fall Arts Preview item in Sunday's Arts & Music section said the Los Angeles Master Chorale would present "The City of Dis" by Louis Andriessen on Oct. 14. The performance will be Nov. 18.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, September 16, 2007 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 53 words Type of Material: Correction
Pina Bausch: In the Fall Arts Preview last Sunday, choreographer Pina Bausch's name was misspelled as Nina in the "Must-See List" of Leonard Nimoy. Also, a preview item said the Los Angeles Master Chorale would be presenting "The City of Dis" by Louis Andriessen on Oct. 14. The performance will be Nov. 18.
It provoked a riot at its premiere in 1913, but "The Rite of Spring" marked a turning point in the history of music and dance. Now this daring collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky has become the subject of a project by postmodern innovator Yvonne Rainer. Titled "Ros Indexical," the piece is on view in New York as part of the Performa 07 arts festival. Obviously, the aftershocks of 1913 still reverberate in the art world, and Rainer will supply an update in her millennial reimagining.
Hudson Theatre, New York. www.performa-arts.org
Call him Rumi, though he's officially Mawlânâ Jalâl-ad-Dîn Muhammad Rûmî, a venerated teacher, poet and mystic who also invented a dance form. The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey have made that form a model of selflessness and spirituality, though as they celebrate his 800th birthday with their performance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, we should remember that Rumi's love of a young man, and agony after his murder, caused him to whirl for the first time. It was union with a lost beloved that moved him. Union with God and the formality of a religious rite came later.
Irvine Barclay Theatre. www.thebarclay.org
George Balanchine's most distinctive neoclassical muse stages unusual compilations of his works when the Suzanne Farrell Ballet performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Program 1 includes "Bugaku" (to Mayuzumi), "Pas Espanole Classique" from Balanchine's "Don Quixote" (to Nabokov) and "Chaconne" (to Gluck), featuring guest dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet. Program 2 begins with "Bugaku" and then presents "Ballade" (to Fauré), "Pithoprakta" (to Xenakis), "Meditation" (to Tchaikovsky) and the fourth movement of "Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet" (Brahms orchestrated by Schoenberg).
Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C. www.kennedy-center.org.
If countercultural myths are to be believed, we all dream of being Bob Dylan: Aside from being an epically great songwriter and a masterfully elusive dude, he's the most preoccupying archetype the rock era has produced. His autobiography was probably partly fictional, so when Todd Haynes cast six actors as Dylan in "I'm Not There" (including 13-year-old Marcus Carl Franklin and, in drag king mode, Cate Blanchett), he did the logical thing. The director's past forays into music culture -- including the vastly underrated "Velvet Goldmine" -- indicate that this will be the loved-and-hated art house film of the year. Amazing soundtrack too.
In select theaters.
They dubbed it the Master Plan Project: the renovation of the distinguished Detroit Institute of Arts, composed of the original 1927 structure and two wings built in the late '60s. The costs of construction and of reinstalling the collection were estimated at more than $100 million. Then came the news that asbestos removal would tack on $50-plus million more, along with an additional year of work. But the museum is at last reopening with its encyclopedic holdings freshly displayed and appropriate fanfare in Motor City.
Detroit Institute of Arts. www.dia.org
George Balanchine's "Jewels" continues its conquest of the ballet world, with the latest company to take it on being England's Royal Ballet. The British troupe once scorned Balanchine's style of plotless neoclassicism but in recent years has added more and more of his works to its repertory, including "Rubies," the centerpiece of this three-part, 1967 full-evening abstraction. Now "Emeralds" and "Diamonds" will complete the trilogy, adding new glitter to the Covent Garden season and confirming "Jewels" as the touchstone of 20th century classicism -- one of the few works that every major company must measure itself against.
Royal Opera House, London. www.royaloperahouse.org
John Adams' Chamber Symphony, in which Schoenberg meets Road Runner cartoons, is one of his most successful works (and a regular part of the L.A. Philharmonic's repertory). Now Adams has composed a follow-up, called "Son of Chamber Symphony," that will be given its world premiere at Stanford University by the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto. www.livelyarts.stanford.edu