Miami City Ballet opens with “Romeo and Juliet”

October 18, 2014 12:00 PM

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Miami City Ballet opens with “Romeo and Juliet”

Miami City Ballet opened its season Friday with its grand production of Romeo and Juliet, giving a whole-hearted performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. With some fine renditions of the leading roles, notably Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and husband Carlos Miguel Guerra as the doomed lovers, and a scene-stealing Kleber Rebello as Mercutio, and gorgeous, operatic-scale set and costumes borrowed from the National Ballet of Canada, Romeo and Juliet is a rich evening that looks to be a major crowd-pleaser for the troupe.

But compared to the company’s debut performance of this ballet three years ago, this Romeo and Juliet is as much façade as monument. As with last spring’s rendition of Don Quixote, another big three-act ballet in MCB’s repertoire, this Romeo and Juliet suffers from a multitude of small failings and ...

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