Jerome Robbins' Broadway

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Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Jerome Robbins' Broadway 1989 OBC Recording.jpg
Original cast recording released by RCA Victor
MusicVarious
LyricsVarious
Productions1989 Broadway
Awards Tony Award for Best Musical

Jerome Robbins' Broadway is an anthology comprising musical numbers from shows that were either directed or choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The shows represented include, for example, The King and I , On the Town and West Side Story . Robbins won his fifth Tony Award for direction.

Jerome Robbins American theater producer, director, and choreographer

Jerome Robbins was an American choreographer, director, dancer, and theater producer who worked in classical ballet, on stage, film, and television. Among his numerous stage productions were On the Town, Peter Pan, High Button Shoes, The King and I, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. Robbins was a five-time Tony Award-winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. He received two Academy Awards, including the 1961 Academy Award for Best Director with Robert Wise for West Side Story.

<i>The King and I</i> 1951 musical

The King and I is the fifth musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam (1944), which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The musical's plot relates the experiences of Anna, a British schoolteacher hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as by a love to which neither can admit. The musical premiered on March 29, 1951, at Broadway's St. James Theatre. It ran for nearly three years, making it the fourth longest-running Broadway musical in history at the time, and has had many tours and revivals.

<i>On the Town</i> (musical) musical by Leonard Bernstein

On the Town is a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on Jerome Robbins' idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy Free, which he had set to Bernstein's music. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them "New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "I Can Cook, Too", and "Some Other Time". The story concerns three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors meets and quickly connects with a woman.

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Production

The show opened on Broadway on February 26, 1989 at the Imperial Theatre and closed on September 1, 1990 after 633 performances and 55 previews. [1] Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins with Grover Dale as co-director, the cast featured Jason Alexander as the narrator, Charlotte d'Amboise, Faith Prince, Debbie Shapiro, Susann Fletcher and Scott Wise. [1]

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, also known simply as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

Grover Dale is an American actor, dancer, choreographer, and theater director.

Jason Alexander American stand-up comedian and actor

Jay Scott Greenspan, known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, and director. Alexander is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series Seinfeld, for which he was nominated for seven consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Other well-known roles include Phillip Stuckey in the film Pretty Woman (1990) and the title character in the animated series Duckman (1994–1997).

With an elaborate production and a cast of 62, the show reportedly cost US$8 million to produce, and was expected to recoup about 40 percent from the New York run, according to Bernard B. Jacobs (President of the Shubert Organization). [2] "In a season that was so bereft of original musicals that Kenny Loggins on Broadway and Barry Manilow at the Gershwin were categorized as such, this reminder of Broadway's glory days was greeted with relief and rejoicing (and six Tony Awards). It featured extended sequences from West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof." [3]

Musical numbers

Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResult
1989 Tony Award Best Musical Won
Best Direction of a Musical Jerome Robbins Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Jason Alexander Won
Robert La Fosse Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Charlotte d'Amboise Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Scott Wise Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Jane LanierNominated
Faith Prince Nominated
Debbie Shapiro Won
Best Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jason Alexander Won
Scott Wise Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Faith Prince Nominated
Debbie Shapiro Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton Won

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References

  1. 1 2 Rich, Frank. "Review/Theater; From Jerome Robbins, 20 Years of Broadway the Way It Was", The New York Times, February 27, 1989
  2. Witchel, Alex. "As Others Fold, One Show Just Keeps Tapping Along" The New York Times, p. C13, August 29, 1990
  3. "Broadway. Jerome Robbins", Pbs.org, accessed July 22, 2012