American Ballet Theatre Opening Gala Flops

Joel Lobenthal at The New York Sun wrote:

American Ballet Theatre’s first-night galas, which have been on the upswing during the past few years, backslid Tuesday night at the opening of its annual City Center season. The programming was stolid. The personnel were needlessly restricted, and the performances should have been better. ABT’s galas in recent years have included novelty items, often pairing the dancers with noted classical musicians. This time there were no special occasion pieces.