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Jerome Robbins

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The feared dictator knew what he was doing. Collaborators didn’t necessarily like him, but all agreed: He had an unerring ability to pinpoint and fix a show’s problems. Robbins, the greatest director-choreographer Broadway has ever seen, wore both hats for an astounding string of hits in a mere 10-year span: “Peter Pan,” “Bells Are Ringing,” “West Side Story,” “Gypsy” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Earlier masterpieces include his dances for “On the Town” and “High Button Shoes.”

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