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WHEN IN ... NEW YORK Ex­pe­ri­ence 30 min­utes of pure con­tem­po­rary won­der­ment at the New York City Bal­let. An awe-in­spir­ing work of art by Justin Peck, Year of the Rab­bit is an elab­o­ra­tion of Peck’s Tales of a Chi­nese Zo­diac and is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Suf­jan Stevens. First and al­ways a dancer, Peck was itch­ing to ex­plore a dif­fer­ent role in the cre­ative process of bal­let, which led to his be­ing ap­pointed the first ac­tive chore­og­ra­pher-in-res­i­dency of the New York City Bal­let. With a real un­der­stand­ing of dance, he chore­ographed his dancers to per­form in­tri­cate and ar­chi­tec­tural pat­terns set against a clas­si­cal or­ches­tra­tion of Stevens’s En­joy Your Rab­bit, an elec­tron­ica al­bum and song cy­cle based on the Chi­nese zo­diac. Runs till May 3. www.ny­cbal­let.com

And watch a mu­si­cal. Not just any song and dance act, but a mu­si­cal about one of the great­est love sto­ries ev­ery told: The Bridges of Madi­son County. A retelling of the fa­mous movie star­ring Meryl Streep and Clint East­wood (whose roles are played by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale), Broad­way’s most ir­re­sistible new ro­mance is brought to life by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-win­ning team of Mar­sha Nor­man ( The Colour Pur­ple) and Ja­son Robert Brown ( Pa­rade). www.bridge­sof­madis­on­coun­ty­mu­si­cal.com WHEN IN ... LON­DON Be amazed by com­poser and per­former Yanni, who re­turns to Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall for one night only come April 23. A mu­si­cal am­bas­sador for peace, com­pas­sion, and un­der­stand­ing, the Greek mu­si­cian is known for his spec­tac­u­lar pro­duc­tions held at his­toric lo­ca­tions such as the Taj Ma­hal in In­dia, China’s For­bid­den City, the Krem­lin in Rus­sia, Burj Kahlifa in Dubai, and the Acrop­o­lis in Greece. His mu­sic speaks to joy, hope, and love – the work of a rare artist that tran­scends ge­o­graph­i­cal borders and touches people of all races and creeds. Get ready to be blown away by Yanni (who now sports a sexy new look, mous­tache-free) and his world-renowned orches­tra as they deliver a night to re­mem­ber packed with favourites from through­out his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer as well as top se­lec­tions from his lat­est al­bum, Truth of Touch. www.roy­alal­berthall.com

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