Director, Choregrapher. Jerome Robbins was an American director and choreographer whose work has included everything from classical ballet to contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on were On The Town, High Button Shoes, The King And I, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. Mr. Robbins won five Tony Awards: as Best Choreographer, in 1948 for "High Button Shoes" and in 1958 for "West Side Story;" as both Best Director (Musical) and Best Choreographer, in 1965 for "Fiddler on the Roof;" and as Best Director (Musical) in 1989 for "Jerome Robbins' Broadway. He made his directorial debut not on-stage, but in the 1954 television adaptation of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. In film he choreographed The King and I and West Side Story. He also co-directed the latter with Robert Wise and earned an Oscar for his efforts. He suffered a massive stroke and he died at his home in New York. On the evening of his death, the lights of Broadway were dimmed for a moment in tribute.
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