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This Day in History - October 11

Famed choreographer Jerome Robbins was born.
News Roundup | October 11, 2016 | By Jonathan Shipley


On this day, in 1918, choreographer, director, dancer and theater producer Jerome Robbins was born. He died in 1998 at the age of 79. 

Robbins is, perhaps, best known for his work on Broadway. The stage productions he worked on include On the Town, The King and I, The Pajama Game, West Side Story, Gypsy: A Musical Fable and Fiddler on the Roof.

The man won five Tony Awards and two Academy Awards, including one for Best Director, with Robert Wise, for the film adaptation of West Side Story

He was inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1979.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is presenting The Pajama Game in February. Robbins won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway show.  

The iconic prologue of West Side Story:


From his ballet "Fancy Free":

And here he is behind-the-scenes: