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Jerome Robbins

 
Date Of Birth:
October 11, 1918
Date Of Death:
July 29, 1998 (79)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
Jerome Robbins is world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as well as his work as a director and choreographer in theater, movies and television. His Broadway shows include On the Town, Billion Dollar Baby, High Button Shoes, West Side Story, The King and I, Gypsy, Peter Pan, Miss ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: October 11, 1918
Date of Death: July 29, 1998 (79)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Jerome Robbins is world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as well as his work as a director and choreographer in theater, movies and television. His Broadway shows include On the Town, Billion Dollar Baby, High Button Shoes, West Side Story, The King and I, Gypsy, Peter Pan, Miss ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1939
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1939
Gentleman of the Ballet
  [Broadway]
1938
Ensemble

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 2016]
Based on the Original Choreography By
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2015]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Original Choreography
 
[US Tour, 2011]
Choreographer
Director
 
[US Tour, 2010]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2007]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2000]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1990]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1985]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Director/Choreographer
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1980]
Choreographer
Director
 
[West End, 1979]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Director
Choreographer
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1973]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1968]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1967]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Director/Choreographer
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Production Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1963]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1963]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1963]
Producer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1962]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1961]
Director/Choreographer
Director/Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1960]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Choreographer
Director
 
[US Tour, 1959]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Director
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1959]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1958]
Choreographer
Director
 
[West End, 1957]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1956]
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1956]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1955]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1955]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1954]
Director
Choreographer
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1954]
Director
 
[West End, 1953]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1953]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1953]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1952]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1952]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1951]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1950]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1949]
Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1947]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1945]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1945]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1944]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, ]
Director

Writing

Source Material
Sketches
Source Material

Jerome Robbins Biography

Jerome Robbins is world renowned for his work as a choreographer of ballets as well as his work as a director and choreographer in theater, movies and television. His Broadway shows include On the Town, Billion Dollar Baby, High Button Shoes, West Side Story, The King and I, Gypsy, Peter Pan, Miss Liberty, Call Me Madam, and Fiddler on the Roof. His last Broadway production in 1989, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, won six Tony Awards including best musical and best director.

Among the more than 60 ballets he created are Fancy Free, Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Dances At a Gathering, In the Night, In G Major, Other Dances, Glass Pieces and Ives, Songs, which are in the repertories of New York City Ballet and other major dance companies throughout the world. His last ballets include A Suite of Dances created for Mikhail Baryshnikov (1994), 2 & 3 Part Inventions (1994), West Side Story Suite (1995) and Brandenburg (1996).

In addition to two Academy Awards for the film West Side Story, Mr. Robbins has received four Tony Awards, five Donaldson Awards, an Emmy Award, the Screen Directors’ Guild Award, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Mr. Robbins was a 1981 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient and was awarded the French Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur. Mr. Robbins died in 1998.

Jerome Robbins Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1989 - Special Awards Gold Star
Jerome Robbins, Jerome Robbins
 
Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Jerome Robbins , Jerome Robbins' Broadway
 
Olivier Awards - 1986 - Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Dance
Jerome Robbins
 
Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof
 
Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof
 
Tony Awards - 1963 - Producer (Dramatic)
Jerome Robbins, Mother Courage and Her Children
 
Tony Awards - 1960 - Best Direction of a Musical
Jerome Robbins, Gypsy
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Jerome Robbins, West Side Story
 
Tony Awards - 1948 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Jerome Robbins, High Button Shoes

Jerome Robbins News

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by A.A. Cristi - Jan 27, 2023

Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT) continues its 2022-2023 performance season with DEBUTS in February, presenting new works by contemporary choreographers.

Miami City Ballet Announces Spring Season Photo Miami City Ballet Announces Spring Season
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2023

 Under the steadfast artistic direction of Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet (MCB) concludes its 37th season of dance with three distinct programs over the course of Winter and Spring 2023.

EVITA, IN THE HEIGHTS & More to be Featured in The Gateway 2023-2024 Season Photo EVITA, IN THE HEIGHTS & More to be Featured in The Gateway 2023-2024 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 26, 2023

The Gateway has announced its programming for 2023 -  2024! The Gateway’s new season will begin in May and features dazzling Broadway hits.

Stephen Schwartz Joins BROADWAY BOUND: The Musicals That Never Came To Broadway Photo Stephen Schwartz Joins BROADWAY BOUND: The Musicals That Never Came To Broadway
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2023

Academy Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) has joined the cast of Broadway Bound: The Musicals That Never Came to Broadway on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00pm at Feinstein's/54 Below.

Michael R. Jackson To Talk WHITE GIRL IN DANGER At Guggenheim Works & Process Photo Michael R. Jackson To Talk WHITE GIRL IN DANGER At Guggenheim Works & Process
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 24, 2023

Ahead of its world premiere, go behind the scenes of this epic and viciously funny new musical by Michael R. Jackson, the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of A Strange Loop.

Review: NEXT@90 CANIPAROLI / BREINER / OISHI PREMIERES at San Francisco Ballet Shows  Photo Review: NEXT@90 CANIPAROLI / BREINER / OISHI PREMIERES at San Francisco Ballet Shows Just How Thrillingly Relevant Ballet Can Be
by Jim Munson - Jan 24, 2023

What did our critic think of NEXT@90 CANIPAROLI / BREINER / OISHI PREMIERES at San Francisco Ballet? BroadwayWorld reviews the 2nd program of San Francisco Ballet's 'next@90' festival featuring immensely rewarding world premieres by Val Caniparoli, Bridget Breiner & Yuka Oishi.

Review: NEXT@90 GARLAND / ROBERTS / ROWE PREMIERES at San Francisco Ballet Offers a T Photo Review: NEXT@90 GARLAND / ROBERTS / ROWE PREMIERES at San Francisco Ballet Offers a Trio of World Premieres
by Jim Munson - Jan 23, 2023

What did our critic think of NEXT@90 GARLAND / ROBERTS / ROWE PREMIERES at San Francisco Ballet? BroadwayWorld reviews the first program of San Francisco Ballet's 'next@90' festival featuring an eclectic lineup of world premieres by choreographers Robert Garland, Jamar Roberts & Danielle.

Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera! Photo Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 23, 2023

On January 23, we celebrate the 90th birthday of a theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents... the one and only Chita Rivera!

American Tap Dance Foundation Film Series Continues Next Week Photo American Tap Dance Foundation Film Series Continues Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2023

The American Tap Dance Foundation's First Friday Film Festival will take place on Friday, February 3 at 7pm ET, with American Tap Dance Orchestra in Concert, livestreamed. Registration and link can be found at Shows & Events. Fee: $5.00.

What's On Tour? A Guide to Currently Running and Upcoming National Touring Production Photo What's On Tour? A Guide to Currently Running and Upcoming National Touring Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jan 22, 2023

Favorites like Hamilton, Wicked, Anastasia, and Beetlejuice have already announced planned stops around the country. Want to know what's on tour now, or coming soon to a theatre near you? Enjoy Broadway locally with BroadwayWorld's full list of Broadway National Tours in 2023. 

Jerome Robbins Videos

Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera! Videoplay
Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 23, 2023

On January 23, we celebrate the 90th birthday of a theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents... the one and only Chita Rivera!

VIDEO: Watch Jessica Vosk Sing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' from GET HAPP Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Jessica Vosk Sing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' from GET HAPPY at Carnegie Hall

by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 24, 2022

Watch Jessica Vosk perform 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' from GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION at Carnegie Hall.

Video: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish Meets the Press Videoplay
Video: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish Meets the Press

by Sneak Peek - Oct 24, 2022

The cast and creatives of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's Fiddler On The Roof in Yiddish recently met the press and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to capture the action! Check out the video here!

VIDEO: The Joyce at Lincoln Center to Present Pacific Northwest Ballet Videoplay
VIDEO: The Joyce at Lincoln Center to Present Pacific Northwest Ballet

by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2022

The Joyce Theater Foundation has announced the long-awaited return of Pacific Northwest Ballet, the company’s first full NYC season in six years. Presenting two mixed-bill programs, the company will play Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, kicking-off with a special gala performance on June 22 followed by two repertory programs through June 26.

VIDEO: Watch Jason Alexander in Jeff Bezos the Musical Sketch on JIMMY KIMMEL! LIVE Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Jason Alexander in Jeff Bezos the Musical Sketch on JIMMY KIMMEL! LIVE

by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 30, 2022

Jeff Bezos, who owns Blue Origin and Amazon may have been shut out at the Oscars on Sunday, so now, he is gunning for a Tony Award with a new musical called ‚ÄúBezos Over Broadway,‚ÄĚ starring Tony winner Jason Alexander & George Takei!

VIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose Perform 'America' in New WEST SIDE STORY Music Video Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose Perform 'America' in New WEST SIDE STORY Music Video

by Michael Major - Mar 2, 2022

Disney has released a new music video of Academy Award-nominee Ariana DeBose perform 'America' as Anita in Steven Spielberg's award-winning, critically-acclaimed 'West Side Story'. The film also stars Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, David Alvarez, and more.

VIDEO: Watch a Costume Featurette From WEST SIDE STORY Featuring Paul Tazewell Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch a Costume Featurette From WEST SIDE STORY Featuring Paul Tazewell

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 20, 2022

A Costume Featurette from¬†Steven Spielberg‚Äôs ‚ÄúWest Side Story‚Ä̬†featuring 2022 Critics Choice Nominee and Tony Award¬ģ¬†and Emmy Award¬ģ¬†winning costume designer,¬†Paul Tazewell,¬†has been released.

VIDEO: Watch the 'Celebrate Tonight' WEST SIDE STORY Teaser Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the 'Celebrate Tonight' WEST SIDE STORY Teaser

by Michael Major - Dec 10, 2021

A new teaser for West Side Story has been released! The 'Celebrate Tonight' trailer features new footage of Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Josh Andrés Rivera, and David Alvarez in the new film. Watch the new teaser now!

VIDEO: Steven Spielberg Talks David Alvarez as Bernardo in WEST SIDE STORY Videoplay
VIDEO: Steven Spielberg Talks David Alvarez as Bernardo in WEST SIDE STORY

by Michael Major - Dec 9, 2021

In a new West Side Story featurette, Steven Spielberg speaks on casting David Alvarez as Bernardo. 'West Side Story' tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. The cast also includes Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, and Rita Moreno.

VIDEO: Watch the Stars of WEST SIDE STORY on the Red Carpet at the Los Angeles Premie Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Stars of WEST SIDE STORY on the Red Carpet at the Los Angeles Premiere

by Michael Major - Dec 8, 2021

Last night was the Los Angeles premiere of West Side Story. With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner have adapted the iconic musical into a new motion picture. Watch Ariana DeBose, Steven Spielberg, Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, David Alvarez, Rita Moreno, and more on the red carpet now!


Jerome Robbins Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jerome Robbins been in?
Jerome Robbins has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Jerome Robbins been in?
Jerome Robbins has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Jerome Robbins been nominated for?
Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) for Jerome Robbins , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jerome Robbins' Broadway , Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Dance (Olivier Awards) , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Fiddler on the Roof , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fiddler on the Roof , Producer (Dramatic) (Tony Awards) for Mother Courage and Her Children , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Gypsy Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for West Side Story and Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for High Button Shoes .

What awards has Jerome Robbins won?
Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) for Jerome Robbins, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Fiddler on the Roof, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Fiddler on the Roof Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for West Side Storyand Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for High Button Shoes.

How many shows has Jerome Robbins written?
Jerome Robbins has written 3 shows including On the Town (Source Material), Two's Company (Sketches), West Side Story (Source Material).