Music: Serious & Sad

It was the most eagerly awaited premiere of the Manhattan ballet season. The three young collaborators, Jerome Robbins (choreography), Leonard Bernstein (music), Oliver Smith (sets) had teamed together twice before. Their good-natured, casual Fancy Free, was still, after two and a half years, one of the Ballet Theatre's best attractions. Then they joined hands in a musical comedy, On the Town, and it became a Broadway hit.

Last week Ballet Theatre put on the trio's latest, Facsimile. The scene was described simply as "a lonely place"; the cast as "three insecure people" and...

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