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Jerome Robbins in a rehearsal for West Side Story

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Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Aired Wednesday, February 18, at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV

In a life that inspired controversy, no one disputes the place that Jerome Robbins holds as the pre-eminent director/choreographer of American musical theater, universally respected for his unparalleled artistry. He transformed Broadway with shows such as West Side Story , Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof and forged a career in ballet, first at American Ballet Theatre, then at New York City Ballet. The son of an immigrant deli owner, he was known for his often ruthless perfectionism and was dogged by his decision, in 1953, to name names in his House Un-American Activities Committee testimony. The program features excerpts from Robbins’ work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and interviews with many of his colleagues, from both ballet and Broadway, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim and Robbins’ Fiddler collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein. Learn more...


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