Jerome Robbins' Broadway
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' Broadway|
Original cast recording released by RCA Victor
|Awards||Tony Award for Best Musical|
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. 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.
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). "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."
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|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 Lanier||Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design||Jennifer Tipton||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Musical||Won|
|Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Jason Alexander||Won|
|Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Faith Prince||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lighting Design||Jennifer Tipton||Won|
- Rich, Frank. "Review/Theater; From Jerome Robbins, 20 Years of Broadway the Way It Was", The New York Times, February 27, 1989
- Witchel, Alex. "As Others Fold, One Show Just Keeps Tapping Along" The New York Times, p. C13, August 29, 1990
- "Broadway. Jerome Robbins", Pbs.org, accessed July 22, 2012