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Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About (PBS American Masters Production)

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No other creative figure of the latter twentieth century was as contradictory as Jerome Robbins, and few were as controversial. He was a master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such works as West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof and Peter Pan, and was one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced. The first and only documentary on Robbins features excerpts from his personal journals, archival performance footage, and never-before-seen rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over forty witnesses - among them Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Back and Joseph Stein.

In a life that inspired controversy, no one disputes the place that Jerome Robbins holds as the preeminent director/choreographer of American musical theatre. He transformed Broadway with shows like West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof and he forged a career in ballet, first at American Ballet Theatre, then at New York City Ballet.


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