A new 2 hour documentary about the life and work of Jerome Robbins, the director-choreographer of seminal Broadway shows like West Side Story, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof, will premiere on PBS in February in 2009.
Narrated by Ron Rifkin, the documentary includes excerpts from Robbins’ journals, archival performance footage, never-before-seen rehearsal recordings and interviews with Robbins himself and many of his friends, colleagues and critics, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Frank Rich, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein. The documentary was written by Amanda Vaill, a prominent Robbins biographer, and has been directed and produced by Judy Kinberg.
I adore Robbins’ work and cannot wait to see this – particularly the performance footage and the rehearsal recordings. I am certain it will be an amazing programme – definitely one to pick up on DVD too!