Since we're launching into another Fancy Free Season with performances by NYCB beginning this week and later in the spring by ABT, here are a few pictures of the dancers who originated their roles: Harold Lang, John Kriza, Jerome Robbins, Muriel Bentley, Janet Reed, Shirley Eckl, and Rex Cooper. For 66 years, this Robbins/Bernstein classic has been a must-have ticket wherever it has been performed. This year we celebrate the sailor debuts of Robert Fairchild and Daniil Simkin, the return of Sascha Radetsky, and of course, the rhumba god himself, Jose Manuel Carreno.
Here are two 1944 images from the Harold Lang Memorial Website currently under construction:
From Life's extraordinary frame-worthy collection, a photo by Gordon Parks of the cast dancing in puddles on Broadway.