Jerome Robbins Biography

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King Say Show Must Go On When I was a little girl I loved watching one musical on VHS. It was because of this one part, and eventually my VCR ate the tape because I fast-forwarded one time too many. It was the Siamese ballet called “Small House of Uncle Thomas” that sparked my attention. The dancing enthralled me. I loved Poor Little Eva, King Simon, Little Topsy, and Geoooo-rge!. Though it has been said “it wasn’t until they filmed it until they caught the delicacy, humor, and poignancy all at once” (Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theatre, His Dance, pg 47) this paper will discuss the history of The King and I on Broadway. The King and I is one of the most well loved musicals of all time. With musical geniuses Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II writing the score, Jerome Robbins brilliantly choreographing “Small House of Uncle Thomas” and “Shall We Dance?” as well as many other dance sequences. Jo Mielziener was the set and lighting designer, Frederick Dvonch was the musical director, and Irene Sharaff was the costume designer. Richard Rodgers conducted himself. The men who had been considered for the role of the King included: Rex Harrison, Noel Coward, Alfred Drake, and finally Yul Brynner who ended up playing the role on Broadway and in…show more content…
At first when he signed on to do The King and I he was under the impression that “he only had to do (that) one ballet” (Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theatre, His Dance, pg 46) but he did end up choreographing many other dance sequences like “Getting to Know You” or “The March of the Siamese Children”. “Robbins planned the scene to delight both Anna and the audience. Some carry out their duties in exemplary fashion, which highlighted the different ones and the tiniest provide a high degree of adorable and some concern they’ll screw up” (Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theatre, His Dance, pg
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