Celebrate Jerome Robbins' Would-Be 100th Birthday With 10 Rarely-Seen Photos

2018 has seen an endless parade of celebrations in anticipation of Jerome Robbins‘ centennial—and now the day has finally arrived. In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday, we dove into our photo archives and selected a few favorite shots of the choreographer whose career defined (and redefined) American dance. A young Robbins, […]

Justin Peck to Choreograph New West Side Story Movie

Justin Peck has been tapped to choreograph Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Hollywood reboot of West Side Story. And we ask, Can you think of anyone better suited for that job than the dancemaker who’s been following in many of Jerome Robbins’ footsteps? Let’s review: Choreograph for New York City Ballet: check. Choreograph for Broadway: check. Snag […]

What This Job Posting Tells Us About the Future of NYCB

Update: The full job description has been posted here. Ever since Peter Martins retired from New York City Ballet this January amid an investigation into sexual harassment and abuse allegations, we’ve been speculating about who might take his place—and how the role of ballet master in chief might be transformed. Until now, we’ve only known […]

"The Steps Are Gravy," Says Tony Winner Christopher Gattelli on Choreographing for Broadway

The 20-somethings doing Broadway Dance Lab’s first-ever Choreography Summer Intensive ended their recent tour of Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing Arts with something special. In the seminar room, Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli awaited them with a conference table laden with Broadway treasures from the library’s collection. Decades-old original sketches and black-and-white […]

The 12 Most Groundbreaking Musicals of the Last Six Decades

Broadway musicals have been on my mind for more than half a century. I discovered them in grade school, not in a theater but electronically. On the radio, every weeknight an otherwise boring local station would play a cast album in its entirety; on television, periodically Ed Sullivan’s Sunday night variety show would feature an […]

Why NYCB's Russell Janzen Is Taking On Gender-Bending Side Projects

There is no big mystery to why Russell Janzen is often cast in princely parts at New York City Ballet, roles like the cavalier in Diamonds and The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the man who partners the “first violin” in the slow movement of Concerto Barocco. His dancing is pristine, and he’s tall […]

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