Jerome Robbins' Broadway

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Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Jerome Robbins' Broadway 1989 OBC Recording.jpg
Original cast recording released by RCA Victor
Productions1989 Broadway
AwardsTony Award for Best Musical

Jerome Robbins' Broadway is an anthology comprising musical numbers from shows that were either directed or choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The shows represented include, for example, The King and I, On the Town and West Side Story. Robbins won his fifth Tony Award for direction.


The show opened on Broadway on February 26, 1989 at the Imperial Theatre and closed on September 1, 1990 after 633 performances and 55 previews.[1][2] Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins with Grover Dale as co-director, the cast featured Jason Alexander as the narrator, Charlotte d'Amboise, Faith Prince, Debbie Shapiro, Susann Fletcher and Scott Wise.[2][1]

With an elaborate production and a cast of 62, the show reportedly cost US$8 million to produce, and was expected to recoup about 40 percent from the New York run, according to Bernard B. Jacobs (President of the Shubert Organization).[3] "In a season that was so bereft of original musicals that Kenny Loggins on Broadway and Barry Manilow at the Gershwin were categorized as such, this reminder of Broadway's glory days was greeted with relief and rejoicing (and six Tony Awards). It featured extended sequences from West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof." [4]

Musical numbers[edit]

Sources: Internet Broadway Data Base;[5] MasterWorks Broadway[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Sources:;[1] InfoPlease[7]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1989 Tony Award Best Musical Won
Best Direction of a Musical Jerome Robbins Won
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Jason Alexander Won
Robert La Fosse Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Charlotte d'Amboise Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Scott Wise Won
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Jane Lanier Nominated
Faith Prince Nominated
Debbie Shapiro Won
Best Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jason Alexander Won
Scott Wise Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Faith Prince Nominated
Debbie Shapiro Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton Won


  1. ^ a b c "Jerome Robbins' Broadway production information", accessed August 24, 2020
  2. ^ a b Rich, Frank. "Review/Theater; From Jerome Robbins, 20 Years of Broadway the Way It Was", The New York Times, February 27, 1989
  3. ^ Witchel, Alex. "As Others Fold, One Show Just Keeps Tapping Along" The New York Times, p. C13, August 29, 1990
  4. ^ "Broadway. Jerome Robbins",, accessed July 22, 2012
  5. ^ " Jerome Robbins Broadway Songs", accessed August 24, 2020
  6. ^ " Jerome Robbins Broadway Original Cast" MasterWorks, accessed August 24, 2020
  7. ^ "Tony Awards 1989" InfoPlease, accessed August 24, 2020

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