An Evening of Jerome Robbins on Broadway…in Weehawken

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Fans know choreographer and director Jerome Robbins for creating “West Side Story” and “On The Town” and nurturing such landmark Broadway shows as “The King and I,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Gypsy.” What they don’t know is he grew up in Weehawken, N. J. The town knows though, which is why “An 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.marytesta
The show, produced by the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center – 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 – The Musical), Graham Rowat (Guys and Dolls), Donna Marie Asbury (Chicago) and tap wiz Kendrick Jones (Broadway by the Year).
In case of rain “An Evening of Broadway” may be moved to the Weehawken High School auditorium.

onthetownA 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.

The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center is a dream project for the Hudson River waterfront in Weehawken, New Jersey.
The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center is a dream project for the Hudson River waterfront in Weehawken, New Jersey.

This is how Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects imagines the performing arts center would look like
This is how Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects imagines the performing arts center would look like

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