By Greg Lawrence

The 1st biography of the prestigious choreographer/director of Broadway, ballet, and Hollywood-a guy of towering fulfillment and outstanding own demons.For a long time he was once some of the most commanding artistic forces in the United States. His paintings on such exhibits as in town, The King and that i, West part tale, Fiddler at the Roof, Gypsy, and Jerome Robbins's Broadway earned him 5 Tony Awards and Academy Awards. His brilliance with American Ballet Theatre and long island urban Ballet verified him as one in all America's nice ballet masters. but if Jerome Robbins, n? Rabinowitz, died on the age of seventy-nine in 1998, he used to be a haunted guy. All of his lifestyles, he had struggled with demons: his bisexuality, his Judaism, his frequently sour dating together with his mom and dad, his betrayals of others throughout the McCarthy hearings, and his perfectionism that bordered at the sadistic. He was once enjoyed and hated in equivalent elements; and merely now, during this groundbreaking biography by way of insider Greg Lawrence, established upon years of analysis and dozens of interviews with Robbins's kinfolk, associates, and associates, can the whole degree of either the artist and the fellow be taken. it's a attention-grabbing portrait of sunshine and dark-like its topic, a piece wealthy in complexity.

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I spoke to his parents and said, ‘Why not let the boy become a dancer? If he doesn’t like it, OK. ’ He was kind of slender and frail then, and very gentle. ” Prophetically, Sandor advised the young dancer, “Study ballet. ” “I took his advice,” Jerry remembered, “even though I thought I didn’t like the ballet. ” In spite of his resistance to what he viewed as stodgy and artificial, Jerry took classes with Ella Daganova (“Miss Daggy,” as Robbins later nicknamed her), a refined American teacher who had performed with Anna Pavlova’s company.

It’s very hard to fight that. But as soon as I began to earn my own living, the battle was over. Then I learned that I had really been fighting to break away from the family. ” At nineteen, he remained at odds with his father over his career ambitions. Naturally, there were clashes about money and living expenses under Harry’s roof, and the always-nagging reminder that Jerry had dropped out of college. Though unemployed, he was now the dancer in the family, as his sister had recently retired from the stage.

Robbins, however, missed the opportunity and was then temporarily sidetracked with Keep off the Grass. In the summer of 1940, with the help of his friend, David Nillo, whom he knew from dance classes, Jerry was finally able to audition. Nillo was already in the company, and remembered, “We were very great friends at the beginning. I got him into Ballet Theatre. ’ There weren’t too many men around in those days. ’ I was a friend of Dolin’s and he said, ‘Okay. ’ So Jerry got in. ” Nillo was one of a number of friends Jerry left behind or estranged over the years when his ambitions called for a shift of personal allegiances.

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