When completed, the Jerome Robbins
Theater will be unique among Manhattan venues as one of the most technically advanced theater of its size, and will achieve LEED certification for sustainable design and construction.
The groundbreaking choreography by Jerome Robbins
, book by Arthur Laurents, and the unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, dealt with dark themes and marked a turning point in American musical theatre.
The sensitive narrative was written by Amanda Vaill, author of the psychologically probing biography Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins
INTERVIEWING Bea Arthur earlier this year, I asked her about the great Broadway choreographer-director Jerome Robbins
, with whom she had worked on Fiddler on the Roof in 1964.
The existing theater, which is in the building that houses BAC's current facilities, will open in early 2010, and will be named the Jerome Robbins
One of her favorite experiences in dance, she says, was a work she lit in 1973 for Jerome Robbins
in Spoleto, Italy.
The brilliant but utterly self-loathing Jerome Robbins
even asked her to marry him.
He has been married for 60 years to dancer Sono Osato, who was featured with the original Ballet Russe and American Ballet Theatre, and starred as the original "Miss Turnstiles," in the Leonard Bernstein/ Comden and Green/ Jerome Robbins
production of "On the Town", as well as other Broadway shows.
The choreography, originally created by Jerome Robbins
, was set by choreographer Alan Johnson, a member of the 1960 Broadway cast of West Side Story.
Children of the baby boom knew the choreography of Jerome Robbins
before they knew his name.
The founding troika of New York City Ballet - Balanchine, Kirstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins
- all have died, but their legacy lives.
While some of the original creators were gay (Arthur Laurents, who conceived the show and wrote the book, Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics, and Jerome Robbins
, who directed and choreographed), the composer, Jule Styne, was not, and the current director, Sam Mendes (who directed the film American Beauty), is not.
West Side Story * Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris * Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on Arthur Laurents's libretto * Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
* Music by Leonard Bernstein * Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim * MGM Home Entertainment
Mitchell says of Jerome Robbins
, "I photographed him in 1989.