REVIEW: 'Jerome Robbins’ Broadway' at The Muny

The evening is bursting with choreography whose artistry and spirit is unforgettable.

Harry Hamm
June 12, 2018 - 6:22 pm
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In many respects, "Jerome Robbin’s Broadway" is an ideal choice to begin The Muny’s 100th season. It is the ultimate show for the musical theater purist, brimming with selections from productions that were either directed or choreographed by the legendary Jerome Robbins.

With a cast of over 60, lead by theatrical headliners like Rob McClure and Jenny Powers, and directed by celebrated Broadway director Cynthia Onrubia, Jerome Robbin’s Broadway lifts memorable numbers from shows like West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I, plus lesser known titles, and parades them over two acts as a exceptional sampling of Robbins’ work.

The evening is bursting with choreography whose artistry and spirit is unforgettable. The costuming is as good as any I have ever seen in a Muny presentation. Michael Horsley does yeoman work as the night’s musical director. The pageantry and color of the evening is remarkable.

In recent years, review shows of this type have not exactly been Muny audience favorites, but Jerome Robbins’ Broadway may be an exception. The sheer weight of the effort and the fabulous marshaling of resources at The Muny this week is unrivaled.

Even though there have been some judicious cuts in this show’s numbers, the evening is still a relatively long one, breaking about 11 p.m. And frankly, not all the numbers are as compelling as they were when viewed in the full context of their original production. The Muny’s circulating fan system keeps the night remarkably breezy and even cool, which gives it something in common with the show.

4 Stars