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Also Known As: Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz Died: July 29, 1998
Born: October 11, 1918 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Weehawken, New Jersey, USA Profession: director, choreographer, producer, dancer

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Few American choreographers are as celebrated as Jerome Robbins, whose work has included both classical ballet and contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on are "High Button Shoes", "Wonderful Town", "Bells Are Ringing" and "Fiddler on the Roof". On screen, he recreated his stage dances for "The King and I" (1956) and shared the Best Director Oscar with Robert Wise for the film version of "West Side Story" (1961). That same year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him with a special award for his choreographic achievements on film.

Few American choreographers are as celebrated as Jerome Robbins, whose work has included both classical ballet and contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on are "High Button Shoes", "Wonderful Town", "Bells Are Ringing" and "Fiddler on the Roof". On screen, he recreated his stage dances for "The King and I" (1956) and shared the Best Director Oscar with Robert Wise for the film version of "West Side Story" (1961). That same year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him with a special award for his choreographic achievements on film.

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1937:
Made debut as dancer at Sandor-Sorel Dance Center
1938:
Was in chorus of several Broadway shows
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Performed with the (American) Ballet Theatre, including as a soloist
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Was choreographer with Ballet Theatre
1944:
Choreographed "Fancy Free" for Ballet Theatre
1944:
Created and choreographed the Broadway production "On the Town", based on his ballet "Fancy Free"
1947:
Choreographed "High Button Shoes" for Broadway
1949:
Named choreographer of New York City Ballet
1950:
Choreographed and directed Broadway production of "Call Me Madam", starring Ethel Merman
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Associated with Yemenite Company, Israel (summers)
1951:
Staged dance numbers in the Broadway production "The King & I", including the now classic "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet
1954:
Co-directed (with George Abbott) "The Pajama Game" on Broadway
1954:
Choreographed and directed "Peter Pan" for Broadway (later recreated for three TV broadcasts)
1956:
Co-choreographed and co-directed (with Bob Fosse) "Bells Are Ringing", starring Judy Holliday
1956:
Recreated his choreography for feature film version of "The King and I"
1957:
Co-created, choreographed and directed "West Side Story" for Broadway
1958:
Founded the American Theatre Laboratory
1959:
Choreographed and directed the Broadway musical "Gypsy", starring Ethel Merman
1961:
Staged dance sequences for the feature film version of "West Side Story"; requested and received credit as co-director (with Robert Wise); won Academy Award for direction
1962:
Directed stage play "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad"
1964:
Choreographed and directed "Fiddler on the Roof" for Broadway
1972:
Choreographed five ballets for New York City Ballet
1976:
Appeared on stage after two decade lapse in "George Abbott...A Celebration"
1989:
Choreographed and directed Broadway anthology, "Jerome Robbins' Broadway"
1990:
Choreographed "Festival of Jerome Robbins Ballets"
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Education

New Dance League: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1935 - 1936

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father:
Harry Rabinowitz. Corset manufacturer.
mother:
Lena Rabinowitz.
sister:
Sonia Cullinen. Survived him.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Dance with Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbins" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"Jerome Robbins: That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man" Booth-Clibborn Editions

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