A Jerome Robbins Centennial Concert - New York City Article
“A Jerome Robbins Centennial Concert”
created and hosted by Kathleen Marshall
Starring Matt Doyle, Aaron C. Finley, Beth Malone & Laura Osnes
Feinstein’s / 54 Below
254 W 54th Street, (646) 476-3551
Tuesday, May 8
If 2017 was the great year for jazz centennials (Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich) then 2018 is the major year for 100th birthday anniversaries of Broadway legends (Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner). There will be other celebrations honoring the centennial of the legendary choreograph Jerome Robbins, but this show, created and hosted by Kathleen Marshall and produced by Deborah Grace Winer, has a particular focus: the idea is to look at how Robbin’s choreographer impacted the music of the classic shows he was working on, and so, indirectly, the emphasis is on music and singing rather than dancing - certainly a unique way to honor a great choreographer. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Ms. Marshall, who has been the directorial and choreographic force behind more hit revivals of classic shows than anyone, and she has lined up some great singers to work with: Matt Doyle, Aaron C. Finley, Beth Malone, and, most of all, the irrepressible Laura Osnes. Considering that Robbins worked not only with Bernstein but Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and many others, a Robbins centennial celebration is definitely something to sing about.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)