Paul McCartney, Beatle and ballet composer, too

September 24, 2011 • Entertainment

Sir Paul McCartney and fiance Nancy Shevell attend the New York City Ballet’s gala opening night of Paul McCartney’s “Ocean’s Kingdom” on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

NEW YORK (AP) — The world’s great ballet houses are accustomed to cheers, shouts of “Bravo,” even standing ovations. Rock star-groupie screams? Not so much.

But all bets are off when there’s a Beatle in the house.

So there were genuine screams of adulation at New York City Ballet’s fall gala Thursday, not just at the red-carpet arrivals, but also from some of the designer gown-clad patrons in the theater, who craned their necks to get a good view of the ballet’s composer: Sir Paul himself.

Each season, City Ballet puts on a gala fundraiser, and the aim is always to create a little buzz — with a new work, or an interesting honoree. This year’s gala, featuring McCartney’s “Ocean’s Kingdom,” surely had more buzz than all past galas combined.

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