Sundays in November: Curators Choice Screenings


Jerome Robbins at 100:
Selected Television Work 

In New York and Los Angeles
Sundays, November 4, 11, and 18, 2018
12:15 to 5:00 pm

Jerome Robbins was born on October 11, 1918. In honor of the centennial of the legendary American choreographer and director, the Paley Center in New York City and Los Angeles will screen a selection of historic television broadcasts in November. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Special thanks to the Jerome Robbins Foundation for their generous support of this event.

Members can reserve seats by emailing in NY: or
in LA: at least 24 hours in advance. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018
12:15 pm
Ford Fiftieth Anniversary Show
A live two-hour retrospective of American social history with dance sequences choreographed by Jerome Robbins (including the “Charleston” number from the 1945 Broadway musical Billion Dollar Baby). Robbins also directed the highlight of this special, a legendary duet sequence with Broadway legends Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. (1953; CBS and NBC; 120 min.)

2:15 pm
Producers’ Showcase: Peter Pan 
This TV special, which aired on January 9, 1956, features Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard (who won Tony Awards for their performances as Peter Pan and Captain Hook) in the second live telecast of the 1954 Broadway production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. (1956; NBC; 105 min.)

Sunday, November 11, 2018
12:15 pm
Look Up and Live: West Side Story
Broadway cast member Mickey Calin sings the “Jet Song” and joins director-choreographer Jerome Robbins and fellow cast members Larry Kert and Carol Lawrence in a discussion about teenage gangs and how the essence of their troubles and comforts are captured in the show. Also, Kert sings “Something's Coming” and joins Lawrence for “Tonight,” and Calin performs “Cool.” (1958; CBS; 30 min.)

12:45 pm
Robbins on The Ed Sullivan Show

On two segments from the Sunday night variety show, cast members from the original Broadway production of West Side Story perform “Cool” and members of Ballets: U.S.A. perform three of the five sections of the Robbins ballet N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (1958 and 1959; CBS; 23 min.)

1:10 pm
American Musical Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof with Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick host this program which examines the evolution and background of their musical, Fiddler on the Roof, which was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. (1964; WCBS; 30 min.)

1:40 pm
Segment from Great Performances: Dance in America: Two Duets

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova perform the Robbins ballet Other Dances, set to a Chopin waltz and four mazurkas. The dance is preceded by rehearsal footage of Robbins and the two dancers. (PBS; 1980; 35 min.) 

2:15 pm
Great Performances: Dance in America: Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Two pieces by choreographer Jerome Robbins are performed by the New York City Ballet: Antique Epigraphs, set to music by Debussy, and Fancy Free, Robbins’ first collaboration with composer Leonard Bernstein. In an interview with Rosamond Bernier, Robbins comments briefly about the beginning of his career and his work with Bernstein. (1986; PBS; 60 min.)


Sunday, November 18, 2018
12:15 pm
Live from Studio 8H: An Evening of Jerome Robbins’ Ballets with Members of the New York City Ballet
This special, broadcast live from NBC’s Studio 8H, celebrates the choreography of Jerome Robbins with selections from five of his ballets performed by dancers from the New York City Ballet. Included are Fancy Free, with Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Bart Cook, Christopher D'Amboise, Lourdes Lopez, and Stephanie Saland; Afternoon of a Faun, with Ib Andersen and Patricia McBride; The Cage; “The Mistake Waltz” excerpt from Robbins’ The Concert; and Dances at a Gathering. Emmy-winner for Best Performing Arts Program. (1980; NBC; 90 min.)

1:45 pm
Great Performances: Dance in America: In Memory of…
Robbins’ acclaimed ballet about love and death, set to Alban Berg’s haunting Violin Concerto, had its world premiere in 1985 and was televised the following year. With Suzanne Farrell, Adam Lüders, and Alexandre Proia. Includes a conversation with Robbins and Rosamond Bernier. (1986; PBS; 55 min.)

2:40 pm
American Masters: Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
This documentary, written by Amanda Vaill and directed and produced by Judy Kinberg, examines the life and career of Jerome Robbins, the famed dancer and choreographer who galvanized the worlds of dance and Broadway with such ballets as Fancy Free and Dances at a Gathering and the legendary Broadway musicals West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. (2009; PBS; 120 min.)





   Members Choice Screenings

What do YOU want to see on the big screen?

The Paley Center is now offering all Members the opportunity to program our giant-screen theater. You tell us what to screen (provided it is included in our collection of 160,000 programs—we’re sure you’ll find something you like!) and all you have to do is invite your friends, family, officemates, band members, and more to join the fun! You can even request that one of our Curators (aka Television Experts) be available to take questions from the audience.

Members Choice Screenings are open to the public, so swing by and discover hidden treasures!

How do you choose?

Need ideas? Here are some of the awesome programs in the Paley Archive. Let these spark your imagination!
• David Bowie screenings
• Nickelodeon classics (Pete & Pete, Clarissa, Hey Arnold)
• MTV classics (The very 1st hour of programming, Unplugged, Daria)
• Classic Disney animation (Man in Space, Adventures in Fantasy)
• Classic Doctor Who episodes
• Jim Henson on TV (The Muppet Show, The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show)
• Comedy Cult Classics (Get a Life, SCTV, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Your Show of Shows)

Important Details
• Members Choice Screenings are on Sundays only.
• Current Paley Members can request programming from the Paley Archive to be shown in the theater.
Requests must be submitted in writing by emailing
• Requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Please give us your top three choices for Sunday screening dates.
• Please make sure we have the program you are requesting first by searching the Paley Archive catalog.
• Not all dates are available; some Sundays may not be available for screenings.
Feeling left out? If you are not a Member, you can JOIN NOW and submit your screening request. But remember, you must be a Member to program a screening.