Austin Pendleton

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins at Work

In these interview out takes, Jerome Robbins’s friends and colleagues describe the master at work. Austin Pendleton recalls Robbins as a man in turmoil constantly seeking inspiration, Charlotte d’Amboise remembers his intensely technical direction that he miraculously imbued with humanity to get his actors to “play the scene,” and Jerry Mitchell tells the story of […]

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins’ Collaborators

Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ inventiveness; Austin Pendleton on Robbins’ ability to heighten the emotions written in a script; Arthur Laurents on Robbins’ ability to build on ideas and improve them.

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins, the Taskmaster

Carol Lawrence on Robbins’ sarcastic tone; Stephanie Saland on Robbins’ harsh criticism; Sondra Lee on Robbins’ dark mood; Austin Pendleton on Robbins’ self-criticism; Eliot Feld on how dancers knew when Robbins was pleased.

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins, the Perfectionist

Sheldon Harnick on Robbins’ attention to detail; Austin Pendleton on Robbins the realist.

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Robbins as Others Saw Him

Jacques d’Amboise on the two sides of Robbins; Austin Pendleton on Robbins “paralyzing” uncertainty; Stephen Sondheim on Robbins’ sense of humor.