I'm Old Fashioned

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Music by: Morton Gould, based on a theme by Jerome Kern

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Credits

Music
“I'm Old-Fashioned” (film sequence from You Were Never Lovelier, starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth). Score commissioned by New York City Ballet.
Premiere
June 16, 1983, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Joseph Duell, Judith Fugate, Sean Lavery, Kyra Nichols, Bart Cook, Heather Watts

Length
33 Min.
Costumes by
Florence Klotz
Lighting by
Ronald Bates

I'm Old Fashioned, Robbins’ delightful tribute to Fred Astaire, is America at the height of its love affair with the silver screen.

Morton Gould composed scores for a wide variety of films, Broadway shows, and television. For his commissioned score, for Jerome Robbins’ I’m Old Fashioned, Gould based the music on a theme from Jerome Kern’s song of the same name. The song, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was used in a dance segment of the film You Were Never Lovelier, and to enhance the cinematically glamorous waltzes of the choreography, Robbins used this scene as a backdrop for his ballet. In the film, Rita Hayworth portrays Maria Acuňa, a daughter of a rich Argentine man, and Fred Astaire plays an unemployed dancer who falls for her.  When Robbins wrote to Astaire to tell him that the dance sequence from the film had inspired him to choreograph a ballet, Astaire wrote back, “I’m honored that you want to do what you suggest.”

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