Co-choreographer of West Side Story (1957). While Peter Gennaro received credit as the co-choreographer of West Side Story his contribution is seldom acknowledged.This exhibit aims to honor and claim his artistic participation and include him in the historic narrative of this groundbreaking musical.
Liza Gennaro discusses her father's relationship with Jerome Robbins.
Liza Gennaro discusses her father's training at The Katherine Dunham School and his professional relationship with Chita Rivera.
Liza Gennaro reports that after a performance of West Side Story her father was standing in the back of the theatre with Robbins when director George Abbott approached them and congratulated Robbins on the show. He went on to say that he especially loved “America." Robbins gestured to her father and said "this is the young man who choreographed it." Based on that meeting Abbott hired Peter Gennaro to choreograph Fiorello! (1959) for which he received a Tony Nomination for Best Choreography.
Liza Gennaro tells her father's story about choreographing "America."
Liza Gennaro discusses why her father agreed to sign the contract that Robbins offered him.
Curated by Liza Gennaro and Doug Reside.
Photographs by Martha Swope and Vandamm Studios.