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Last Updated Feb 8, 2016 07:53PM

Ballet West brings grandeur and opulence to the stage with “Romeo and Juliet.” The pinnacle of love and tragedy, the classic story by William Shakespeare has seen many renditions, but in the world of ballet, it is John Cranko’s version that speaks to the magnitude of the story’s paramount reputation. Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet” premiered at the Stuttgart Ballet in 1962. Since its debut, the production has been performed around the globe, but in the Unites States, it is only licensed to four ballet companies. The first American company to …

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