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November 16 2019
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Jerome Robbins directs a rehearsal for the Broadway musical Gypsy, which ran from 1959 to 1961.

Jerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir by Amanda Vaill

Not long after the ambitious young Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz, of Weehawken, New Jersey, spiffed up his name and argued his way into choreographing his first piece for Ballet Theatre (the “American” still to come), The New York Times crowed, “The only thing he has to worry about.... is how in the world he is going to make his second any better.”

Jerome Robbins did worry—all the time, typically falling into “great turmoil & anxiety,” whether for Gypsy, The King and I, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, or, on the ballet side, The Concert, Afternoon of a Faun, The Cage, and Dances at a Gathering.

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