Fans know choreographer and director Jerome Robbins for creating â€œWest Side Storyâ€ and â€œOn The Townâ€ and nurturing such landmark Broadway shows as â€œThe King and I,â€ â€œFiddler on the Roof,â€ and â€œGypsy.â€ What they don’t know is he grew up in Weehawken, N. J. The town knows though, which is why â€œAn Evening of Broadway,” a free concert of songs and dances from some of Robbins’ most beloved musicals, will be presented on Monday, June 29th in Lincoln Harbor Park.
The show, produced by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center â€“ against a spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline — will include a cast of hardcore Broadway veterans including Mary Testa (Guys and Dolls, Xanadu) — pictured at right — Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid), Lisa Howard (9 to 5 â€“ The Musical), Graham Rowat (Guys and Dolls), Donna Marie Asbury (Chicago) and tap wiz Kendrick Jones (Broadway by the Year).
In case of rain â€œAn Evening of Broadwayâ€ may be moved to the Weehawken High School auditorium.
A ferry goes from 39th Street in Manhattan across the Hudson River to Lincoln Harbor/Weehawken in New Jersey; otherwise it’s a trip by PATH and then light rail, or a bus from Port Authority (or, if you insist, you can drive.)
Weehawken, New Jersey is best known as the place where Vice President Aaron Burr killed Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. Apparently it did not become an official city for another half century, which is why this year Weehawken is celebrating its 150th anniversary. “An Evening of Broadway: Tribute to Jerome Robbins” is part of that celebration.