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NYCB Vol. 10 No. 13 - The Concert

On Jerome Robbins' The Concert (or, The Perils of Everyone):

“Screwy and charming; much of the time, both funny and oddly touching. A pianist, in white tie and tails appears from the wings, takes his place at a grand piano on one side of the stage, and announces, he is going to play the Berceuse, Op. 57. As he begins playing, his audience gradually assembles. A wildly improbable bunch, they carry their own folding chairs and create several minor confusions before they are all in place, and reasonably intent on the music. Through the next 11 pieces, they are transported by the music into all sorts of unlikely situations. [...]


“Through it all, three familiar people— the bored husband, the outraged wife, and the silly young woman— keep getting tangled up with one another. From the point of you of the piano soloist, it was probably the most unfortunate recital ever offered. For waves of laughter drowned out his performance throughout most of the concert.”


—Douglas Watt, New York Daily News, March, 1956


Photo by Gjon Mili, 1956 LIFE Magazine Archive

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