Broadway Vets Tell Story of Russian Defector and Dancer Nureyev | Playbill

News Broadway Vets Tell Story of Russian Defector and Dancer Nureyev New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse brings the story of Russian defector and star of ballet and screen, Rudolf Nureyev, to the stage this month. Performances of Nureyev’s Eyes, starring Broadway veterans William Connell and Bill Dawes, began Feb. 2 and run through Feb. 21.

The play follows the relationship between Nureyev and celebrated artist Jamie Wyeth, who over a period of several years, shared an artistic collaboration and unique friendship. Dawes stars as Nureyev alongside Connell as Wyeth. The production is helmed by resident artistic director Michael Mastro and will officially open Feb. 5. "Beginning in 1977 and lasting over a period of several years, Wyeth produced hundreds of paintings and drawings of Nureyev," state production notes. "Fighting personal demons and demanding perfection, the two developed a friendship that transcended their differences and lasted until the end of Nureyev’s storied career and too-short life in 1993. Struggling to capture the icon on paper and canvas, Wyeth is not satisfied until an unexpected breakthrough provides new inspiration – opening his eyes to what is right in front of him."

Tickets, from $25, are available by visiting or calling the box office at (732) 246-7717.

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