Of Mice and Men and Serenade

Performance Details

  • When April 27–May 8, 2022
  • Performance History World Premiere
  • Choreography Cathy Marston
  • Original Score Thomas Newman
  • Choreography George Balanchine
  • Music Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Joffrey’s spring double-bill features 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, along with the Joffrey premiere of George Balanchine’s Serenade, the choreographer’s first ballet created in America in 1934.

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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: Artists of Ballet West in Serenade, courtesy of Ballet West. 

About the Artists

Cathy Marston

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

Thomas Newman

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.

George Balanchine

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

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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

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Serenade Production Sponsor

  • Patti Selander Eylar

Of Mice and Men Producing Sponsor

  • Denise Littlefield Sobel

Of Mice and Men Major Sponsors

  • The Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet
  • Northern Trust
  • Prince Charitable Trusts

Of Mice and Men Sponsors

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

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.