Jerome Robbins

Jerome Robbins

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On 18th April 1944, the curtain rose at New York's Metropolitan Opera House to reveal a Manhattan streetscape, an empty bar and then three sailers scooted in, upstage left, dressed in shoregoing whites, to four sharp raps on a snare drum. American theatre was changed forever. One of the 'sailors' was a young dancer named Jerome Robbins who had created the evening's belter, Fancy Free to a jazzy score by his friend Leonard Bernstein. On Broadway, Robbins virtually invented the concept musical in which music, action and dancing are woven into a seamless whole: On the Town, The King and I, Pyjama Game, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and most famous of all, West Side Story. This is the first full-scale biography of a complex and remarkably inventive man: 'Things that at first seem ordinary, he made it seem that you had never seen them before'.
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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • New York, United States
  • 16pp of B&W
  • 0316859281
  • 9780316859288

About Amanda Vaill

Amanda Vaill is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in Esquire and G.Q. Her first book, a biography of Gerald and Sara Murphy, was exceptionally well reviewed.
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* 'Bittersweet and beautifully written' - Deidre Bair * 'Perceptive, beautifully written and exhaustively recreated' - Selina Hastings, TLS * 'It is almost incredible that this is her first book. an enthralling and deeply moving narrative' - Lynn Barber, Observer
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