Jerome Robbins

Director, Choreographer, Producer
Few American choreographers are as celebrated as Jerome Robbins, whose work has included both classical ballet and contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on are "High Button Shoes" ... Read more »
Born: 10/11/1918 in Weehawken, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bessie -- Portrait of Bessie Schonberg 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Musical Magician 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

In Memory of... A Ballet By Jerome Robbins 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Art Is... 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Gypsy (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

NY Export: Opus Jazz 2009 (Movie)

(from ballet: "Ballet in Sneakers") (Source Material)
Other (7)

Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine's 100 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Choreographer

A Renaissance Revisited 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Choreographer

Fiddler on the Roof 1971 (Movie)

Original Choreography (Choreographer)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The King and I 1956 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Few American choreographers are as celebrated as Jerome Robbins, whose work has included both classical ballet and contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on are "High Button Shoes", "Wonderful Town", "Bells Are Ringing" and "Fiddler on the Roof". On screen, he recreated his stage dances for "The King and I" (1956) and shared the Best Director Oscar with Robert Wise for the film version of "West Side Story" (1961). That same year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him with a special award for his choreographic achievements on film.

Relationships

Lena Rabinowitz

Mother

Sonia Cullinen

Sister
survived him

Harry Rabinowitz

Father

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1935 - 1936

studied ballet with Ella Daganova, H Platovna, Anthony Tudor and Eugene Loring

studied Spanish dancing with Helen Veola

New Dance League

New York , New York

Milestones

1990

Choreographed "Festival of Jerome Robbins Ballets"

1989

Choreographed and directed Broadway anthology, "Jerome Robbins' Broadway"

1976

Appeared on stage after two decade lapse in "George Abbott...A Celebration"

1972

Choreographed five ballets for New York City Ballet

1964

Choreographed and directed "Fiddler on the Roof" for Broadway

1962

Directed stage play "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad"

1961

Staged dance sequences for the feature film version of "West Side Story"; requested and received credit as co-director (with Robert Wise); won Academy Award for direction

1959

Choreographed and directed the Broadway musical "Gypsy", starring Ethel Merman

1958

Founded the American Theatre Laboratory

1957

Co-created, choreographed and directed "West Side Story" for Broadway

1956

Recreated his choreography for feature film version of "The King and I"

1956

Co-choreographed and co-directed (with Bob Fosse) "Bells Are Ringing", starring Judy Holliday

1954

Choreographed and directed "Peter Pan" for Broadway (later recreated for three TV broadcasts)

1954

Co-directed (with George Abbott) "The Pajama Game" on Broadway

1951

Staged dance numbers in the Broadway production "The King & I", including the now classic "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet

1950

Choreographed and directed Broadway production of "Call Me Madam", starring Ethel Merman

1949

Named choreographer of New York City Ballet

1947

Choreographed "High Button Shoes" for Broadway

1943

Created and choreographed the Broadway production "On the Town", based on his ballet "Fancy Free"

1943

Choreographed "Fancy Free" for Ballet Theatre

1938

Was in chorus of several Broadway shows

1937

Made debut as dancer at Sandor-Sorel Dance Center

Was choreographer with Ballet Theatre

Associated with Yemenite Company, Israel (summers)

Performed with the (American) Ballet Theatre, including as a soloist

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