- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Booth-Clibborn (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861541732
- ISBN-13: 978-1861541734
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jerome Robbins: That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man Hardcover – October 1, 2000
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From Library Journal
Lawrence (coauthor with Gelsey Kirkland of Dancing on My Grave) tells the life story of legendary American choreographer Jerome Robbins from many different perspectives. Robbins is known for choreographing major Broadway musicals like West Side Story and The King and I and also many ballets. This biography is dominated by quotes from a variety of sources, including critics, dancers, family, and Robbins himself. Rita Moreno of West Side Story is quoted as saying, "What he did that was so unusual [was] that he choreographed for character. He choreographed the way a writer writes." Robbins's demons of the title include problems with his family, his sexual orientation, and his testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). The most interesting sections of this hefty tome concern his choreography and its creation, his collaboration with Leonard Bernstein and George Balanchine, and the artistic process. This first full-length biography of this important choreographer is recommended for all libraries. (Photos and index not seen.) Conrad's photographic biography is a good companion to Lawrence's work. Conrad, a screenwriter and longtime friend of Robbins, has combined photographs of Robbins's childhood, insider looks at rehearsals, and lovely photos of performances of his choreography with excerpts from his journals and brief biographical narrative. The result is a heartfelt tribute to a man she clearly loved who contributed much to his art. Recommended for public libraries with broad interest in dance. Barbara Kundanis, Batavia P.L., IL
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"...reproduces fourteen pages from his unpublished journals. Those who thought Robbins an ogre will be astonished by... his vulnerable side." -- Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2001
...An enormously readable book, profusely illustrated with numerous photographs, many of which have never been seen previously. -- Backstage, May 4, 2001
...Filled with production photos, personal mementos and interviews...anchor[ing] its breezy, compasionate overview with insights in Robbins' own words. -- Los Angeles Times Calendar May 27, 2001, by Lewis Segal
...The exhilarating photographs in Christine Conrad's affectionate tribute give evidence of the joy Robbins gave and took in dance. -- Variety, June 24, 2001, by Wendy Smith.
The first-ever book on ...Jerome Robbins written by a close friend of thirty years ...by no means the conventional treatment. -- New York Magazine, December 18-25 2000
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Why did I give it even four stars? The huge, varied collection of photographs in this book is fascinating and invaluable for anyone interested in Musical Theatre or 20th Century American Ballet.
The real, full version of Robbins' life is yet to be written/published.