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THE RED SHOES A musical in 2 Acts, 23 scenes. Book by Marsha Norman. Based on the film of the same name, screenplay by Emeric Pressburger. Music by Jules Styne. Lyrics by Marsha Norman and Paul Stryker (Bob Merrill) Gershwin Theatre, Broadway - 16th December, 1993. Closed 19th December, 1993 (5 perfs) Synopsis (film) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Victoria 'Vicky' Page is a young, unknown dancer from an aristocratic background. At an after-ballet party, arranged by her aunt as a surreptitious audition, she meets Boris Lermontov, the ruthless but charismatic impresario of the Ballet Lermontov, who questions her: Lermontov: Why do you want to dance? Vicky: Why do you want to live? Lermontov: Well, I don't know exactly why, but... I must. Vicky: That's my answer too. Lermontov takes her on as a student, where she is taught by, among others, Grisha Ljubov, the company's chief choreographer. After seeing her dance in a matinee performance of Swan Lake, Lermontov realises her potential and invites Vicky to go with the company to Paris and Monte Carlo. When he loses his prima ballerina to marriage, Lermontov begins to see Vicky as a possible successor. Backstage, as Vicky is waiting to make an entrance with the corps de ballet, he pronounces that. "A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love will never be a great dancer. Never." When Ljubov objects that you can't change human nature, Lermontov responds "I think you can do even better than that — you can ignore it." He decides to create a starring role for Vicky in a new ballet, The Red Shoes, the music for which is to be written by Julian Craster, a brilliant young composer engaged as orchestral coach the same day that Vicky was brought into the company. As the premiere of the ballet approaches, Vicky and Julian lock horns artistically, and then fall in love. The ballet is a great success, and Lermontov talks with Vicky about her future. Lermontov revitalises the company's repertoire with Vicky in the lead roles – but when he learns of the affair between the two young lovers, he is furious at Julian for distracting Vicky from her dancing. Julian refuses to end the affair, so he is fired, and Vicky decides to leave the company with him. They marry, living in London where Julian is working on composing a new opera. Lermontov relents on his decision to enforce Vicky's contract with the company, permitting her to dance where she pleases. The one exception is The Red Shoes: Lermontov retains the rights to it and ownership of Julian's music, and refuses to mount it again or allow anyone else to produce it. Some time later, while joining her aunt for a holiday in Monte Carlo, Vicky is visited on the train by Lermontov, who convinces her to return to the company to dance in a revival of The Red Shoes. On opening night, as she is preparing to perform, Julian appears in her dressing room; he has left the premiere of his opera at Covent Garden to take her back with him. Lermontov arrives, and he and Julian compete for Vicky's soul. Torn between her love for Julian and her need to dance, she cannot decide what to do. Julian, realising that he has lost her, leaves for the railway station, and Lermontov consoles her: