Serenade & Of Mice and Men

Performance Details

  • When April 27–May 8, 2022
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Run Time 2 Hours

The Joffrey’s spring double-bill features George Balanchine’s Serenade, the choreographer’s first ballet created in America in 1934, and Cathy Marston’s world premiere adaptation of Steinbeck’s tender tale of friendship, perseverance, and sacrifice, with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Thomas Newman.

Praise for the Joffrey’s Spring Program

“In an evening that features a feminine world imagined by a male choreographer and a masculine world imagined by a female one, these contrasts serve to highlight difference, power, and possibility in a striking commentary on equity and power, democracy and hierarchy.” 

—Chicago Reader Read the Review

“The one greatest takeaway from the program is that the Joffrey dancers are not just sublime dancers but also exceptionally skillful actors who invariably turn movement into a powerful form of speech.” 

—WTTW Chicago Read the Review

“There is something eminently satisfying and reassuring about watching [Serenade], where every gesture, every step feels just right. That is a definition of a classic, which this work most definitely is.” 

—Chicago Sun-Times Read the Review

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Casting Information

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Meet the Artists

Meet the Artists discussions take you behind the curtain with artists of the Joffrey and members of the Joffrey artistic team. Simply present your ticket for the day/evening’s performance to gain admission. Discussions take place a half hour prior to the performance, with doors opening 15 minutes in advance.

Safety at the Joffrey

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In the News

A tale of friendship and sacrifice. Steinbeck’s American classic gets the stage treatment from choreographer Cathy Marston. Pictured: Joffrey Artists Xavier Núñez and Dylan Gutierrez as George and Lennie. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.
A milestone in the history of dance, Balanchine’s Serenade highlights the late choreographer’s legendary ingenuity. Pictured: Joffrey Artists Gayeon Jung and Victoria Jaiani.

About the Artists

George Balanchine | Choreographer, ‘Serenade’

A master of the art form, Balanchine remains an indelible figure in the world of classical and contemporary ballet.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Composer, ‘Serenade’

Tchaikovsky’s brilliance continues to inspire generations of past, present, and future artists.

Cathy Marston | Choreographer, ‘Of Mice and Men’

Lauded for adapting classic literature for the stage, Marston’s famed career spans 25 years of international acclaim.

Thomas Newman | Original Score, ‘Of Mice and Men’

A second-generation member of Hollywood’s pre-eminent musical dynasty, the Grammy-winning composer has carried on his family’s legacy through a series of Academy Award®-nominated film scores.



Of Mice and Men Producing Sponsors

  • Denise Littlefield Sobel
  • Anne L. Kaplan

Of Mice and Men Major Sponsors

  • Courtney Shea
  • The Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet
  • Greg Jenkins
  • Northern Trust
  • Prince Charitable Trust

Of Mice and Men Sponsors

  • Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
  • Northrop at The University of Minnesota
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Grubhub

Serenade Production Sponsors

  • Patti Selander Eylar
  • Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

Of Mice and Men was created with funds from the Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work, which was awarded to Cathy Marston and The Joffrey Ballet in 2019. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.