Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins


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This is the first full-scale biography of what Time Magazine called a 'made-in-the-USA genius' Jerome Robbins (1918-98) helped change American theatre forever with his choreography for Leonard Bernstein's musical On the Town (the one about the three sailors during the course of twenty-four hours in New York City). On Broadway, Robbins virtually invented the concept musical in which music, action and dancing are woven into a seamless whole. His life reflects the creative format of the post-war years, intersecting with the ...

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May 11, 2007

The best about the best!

I've read all of the books about Jerry Robbins that have been published since his demise, and this one finally tells us the whole story. His was an amazing life full of artistic triumphs, to be sure, but also a life of insecurities and pain. Having known Jerry, I had looked forward to a book such as this one that would focus less on his sometimes extreme measures in getting the performances he wanted from his dancers and other co-workers and more on what inspired and drove him and his creative life. How lovely that it has arrived! I highly recommend this well written study of one of America's true artists.

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