June 22, 2012, @ 8:00 pm
Bruce Goldstein in Person! The fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), are among the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Despite racial hurdles, the self-taught African American entertainers became one of the biggest musical acts of their time, headlining on Broadway, radio, and television, and in vaudeville and nightclubs. Their dazzling, show-stopping numbers in movies like Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade, and Stormy Weather made them international icons. Known for effortless balletic moves, elegant tap dancing, perfect rhythms, and jaw-dropping leaps, flips, and splits — along with a consummate grace and sly sense of humor — the Olympian brothers are in the end impossible to categorize. The dancer’s dancers, their fans have included Gene Kelly, Bob Fosse, Gregory Hines, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Jackson, and Fred Astaire, who called their Stormy Weather “staircase” number the greatest musical sequence of all time. This special tribute will be presented by Film Forum’s Repertory Program Director Bruce Goldstein, a friend of the brothers and writer and co-producer of a 1991 documentary on the team.