Latest Jerome Robbins Stories

2008-08-07 03:00:21

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 7--Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera saved the best for last. "West Side Story," the final production of its 2008 summer season, took the company out on a soaring and emotional high. The well-polished and stylish production owes much to its ensemble of youthful performers portraying the Jets, Sharks and -- pardon the dated expression -- their girls. It's their show as they glide, leap and tumble through Mark Esposito's choreography,...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

By Clifford Bishop The street violence in Bernstein's version of 'Romeo and Juliet' gives added power to its high-energy mix of danger and romance Dance West Side Story Sadler's Wells LONDON Spartacus Coliseum LONDON Some things are timeless. In the 1950s, when oily quiffs were a grow-your-own kind of hoodie, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote a song called "Gee, Officer Krupke" that brilliantly anatomised the next half century's circular thinking on the topic of juvenile...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Rhoda Koenig First Night WEST SIDE STORY Sadler's Wells LONDON **** You can see why they were terrified. Gang fights, race hatred, flick knives - you call this a musical? It's no wonder the Tony judges, with - in the language of Arthur Laurents' book - the spit scared out of them, gave the award for the best show of 1957 to The Music Man (now enjoying a dazzling revival at Chichester, for those who want to make their own comparisons). But, though the initial Broadway run was also...

2008-07-13 09:00:25

By WORDS BY DAVID BENEDICT This month, 'West Side Story' returns to the London stage in a form unchanged since 1957. Time for a 21st-century makeover? Certainly not, says its original lyricist, Stephen Sondheim... Two woodwind players sneak in fast with an insistent cross rhythm, expectation shimmers on the air... "Could it be? Yes it could/ Something's coming, some-thing good/If I can wait!/ Something's coming, I don't know what it is/But it is/Gonna be great!" That's not just Tony's...

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