Warren Carlyle Will Help New York City Ballet Celebrate Jerome Robbins
NYCB's Georgina Pazcoguin and Amar Ramasar in Robbins' West Side Story Suite (photo by Paul Kolnik)
Jerome Robbins—the legendary choreographer who changed the way the world thought about both Broadway and ballet—would have been 100 years old next year. That's the kind of anniversary that calls for a great party. And New York City Ballet, one of Robbins' homes, definitely knows how to throw great parties.
NYCB will actually be honoring Robbins for three whole weeks during its 2018 spring season, dancing 19 different Robbins ballets. But the centerpiece of the celebration, the company just announced, will be a new work staged by Tony Award winner/all-around Broadway rockstar Warren Carlyle, who'll assemble extracts from eight (!) of Robbins' most famous musicals.
NYCB isn't unfamiliar with Robbins' Broadway-style choreo: It's performed West Side Story Suite, featuring the danciest parts of the iconic show, since 1995. But this new work, incorporating choreo from On the Town, Billion Dollar Baby, The King and I, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Gypsy, Funny Girl, and Fiddler on the Roof, sounds like next-level stuff. "It will be 40 minutes of razzmatazz fun," Carlyle told the New York Times.*