Produced on October 11, 1918 in New York, New York, Jerome Robbins went on to be a dancer and renowned choreographer, earning raves for his ballet introduction piece “Fancy Free.” Robbins won an Oscar for his directorial efforts on the movie version of West Side Story, and afterwards focused on creating ballets for the stage. He expired on July 29, 1998.
The youthful Jerome initially studied along with his sister’s modern dance teachers and was intending to major in chemistry at New York University. After leaving school as a result of economic adversity along with his dad’s company through the Depression, Robbins decided to create a lifetime career in dancing, eventually happening to work in musical productions and dance for Ballet Theatre (later known as American Ballet Theatre).
The choreographer worked with up and coming composer Leonard Bernstein to create “Fancy Free,” Robbin’s first dance to get a ballet company. The piece made its debut on April 22, 1944 to an ecstatic reception, getting 22 curtain calls. “Fancy Free” would be turned to the stage musical On the Town by the end of the year. Robbins went on to serve as choreographer and director on numerous Broadway productions that will become section of the American stage rule.
The production was turned into a 1961 film musical with Robbins serving as co-manager with Robert Wise. But Robbins was let go in the movie before its end as his cruel perfectionist proclivities were causing the production to go over funding. Yet West Side Story became a revered cinematic encounter and went to win 10 Academy Awards in the spring of 1962. Robbins and Wise were both granted statuettes for their directing work (with two directors winning together a historic first), while Robbins was likewise granted an honorary Oscar because of his accomplishment in movie choreography.
After Robbins served as production manager on Barbra Streisand’s Funny Girl, September 1964 saw the introduction of Fiddler on the Roof, an esteemed musical on the basis of the writings of Sholem Aleichem and linked to Robbins’ Jewish tradition. Robbins afterwards received his fifth and closing Tony for directing 1989’s Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, an anthology of his work from various productions.
Following the mid-1960s, Robbins selected to concentrate on creating ballets, and in fact selected the universe of ancient dancing over more popular productions. Robbins held the place until 1990. Jerome Robbins expired on July 29, 1998 in the age of 79 after suffering a stroke, leaving behind a monumental heritage that continues to be performed and honored.