Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: 1940-43

Cast of "Saratoga" (1941); Cakewalk, led by Harold Lang and Tamara Toumanova

   Saratoga drop curtain

One-act ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine. Libretto and music by Jaromir Weinberger.
Sets by Oliver Smith. Costumes by Alvin Colt.
(Premiere: New York, October 19, 1941, by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo)

"...truly disastrous ballet... a would-be comedy about love and horseracing at a New York spa...
In his memoirs, Massine claims he knew at the outset it would be disastrous...
Reviews were scathing."
(Jack Anderson, The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo)

The backdrop and a set of mismatched legs is all that remains of this apparently unsuccessful ballet,
which stayed in the repertoire for only one season (1941-42).

Above information from Ballet Russe Collection of the Butler Ballet

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