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Special Re-Broadcast March 11, 2009 at 8pm on Channel 13 WNET
Thirteen/WNET New York Production
Premieres February 18 on PBS
AMERICAN MASTERS PROFILES THE PREEMINENT CHOREOGRAPHER OF BROADWAY AND
SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT
Available on DVD March 31
Promotional copies for review are available.
New York, NY (January 26, 2009) - Kultur is proud to announce the DVD
release of the American Masters two-hour documentary, Jerome Robbins:
Something to Dance About. This program will be available on DVD March 31,
2009 for a suggested retail price of $29.99.
No other creative figure of the latter twentieth century was as
contradictory as Jerome Robbins, and few were as controversial. He was a
master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such
works as West Side Story, Gypsy, and Peter Pan, and was one of the greatest
ballet choreographers this country has ever produced.
This first and only documentary on Robbins features excerpts from his
personal journals, archival performance footage, and never-before-seen
rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over
forty witnesses - among them Mikhail Baryshnikov; Jacques d'Amboise; Suzanne
Farrell; Arthur Laurents; Peter Martins; Rita Moreno; Austin Pendleton;
Frank Rich; Chita Rivera; Stephen Sondheim; and Robbins' Fiddler
collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein.
"Robbins' remarkable body of work forever redefined dance and musical
theater for a contemporary audience," says Susan Lacy, Creator and Executive
Producer of WNET's AMERICAN MASTERS, a six-time winner of the Emmy Award for
Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. "The revival of West Side Story on
Broadway this winter just validates his lasting importance, his lasting
impression. We are thrilled to air this film in tribute to Robbins' genius,
celebrating the 90th anniversary of his birth."
Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About was directed and produced by
six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Kinberg and written by
best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill. This film is narrated by Ron
Rifkin (Brothers & Sisters), who performed the roles of both Robbins and his
father in a workshop production of the director/choreographer's theatrical
autobiography, The Poppa Piece
Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About premieres on Thirteen/WNET's
AMERICAN MASTERS Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local
listings). The DVD will be available on March 31, 2009 for a suggested
retail price of $29.99.
Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
Street Date: March 31, 2009
Run Time: 130 minutes
More information on this release and other Kultur DVDs can be found online
at <http://www.kultur.com/> www.kultur.com