With famous song and dance selections drawn from nine landmark Broadway musicals, Warren Carlyle’s SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway at the Ballet shows the depth of Robbins’ influence on dance.
Warren Carlyle’s first-ever work for a ballet company, Something to Dance About, pays tribute to the legendary Broadway career of Jerome Robbins in Robbins’ centennial year. With direction and musical staging by Carlyle, a Tony Award-winning choreographer and director, the work features 30 NYCB dancers in a showcase of music and choreography from nine landmark Broadway musicals that Robbins was closely associated with during his storied career: On The Town (1944), Billion Dollar Baby (1945), Call Me Madam (1950), The King and I (1951), Peter Pan (1954), West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Funny Girl (1964), and Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Featuring excerpts of Robbins’ original choreography, the ballet is set to music and lyrics from eight iconic scores written during Broadway’s golden age. In addition to Carlyle, the creative team for the ballet is comprised of a number of award-winning Broadway veterans including Rob Berman (music arrangements), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations), Beowulf Boritt (scenery), and Toni-Leslie James (costumes), as well as NYCB resident lighting designer Mark Stanley.