Michael Bennett (theater)

Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 – July 2, 1987) was an American musical theatre director, writer, choreographer, and dancer.wikipedia
176 Related Articles

Follies

Follies in ConcertAh, Paris!Broadway Baby
Bennett choreographed Promises, Promises, Follies and Company. These were followed by two Stephen Sondheim productions, Company and Follies co-directed with Hal Prince.
The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and with choreography by Bennett.

Promises, Promises (musical)

Promises, PromisesPromises Promisesmusical of the same name
Bennett choreographed Promises, Promises, Follies and Company.
Musical numbers for the original Broadway production were choreographed by Michael Bennett.

A Chorus Line

Chorus LineWhat I Did for LoveDance: Ten; Looks: Three
In 1976, he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Choreography for the musical A Chorus Line.
Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975, directed by Michael Bennett and co-choreographed by Bennett and Bob Avian.

Joseph Papp

Joe PappSave the Theatres
Bennett, under the aegis of producer Joseph Papp, created A Chorus Line based on a workshop process which he pioneered.
Among numerous examples of these were the works of David Rabe, Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Charles Gordone's No Place to Be Somebody (the first off-Broadway play to win the Pulitzer Prize), and Papp's production of Michael Bennett's Pulitzer Prize–winning musical, A Chorus Line.

Tony Award for Best Choreography

Best ChoreographyChoreographerOutstanding Choreographer
In 1976, he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Choreography for the musical A Chorus Line.

Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical

Best Direction of a MusicalBest DirectionBest Director of a Musical
In 1976, he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Choreography for the musical A Chorus Line.

Dreamgirls

Effie WhiteMoveC.C. White
He also directed and co-choreographed Dreamgirls with Michael Peters.
A year later, Project #9 was brought back to the table, after catching the interest of Michael Bennett, then in the midst of his success with A Chorus Line.

Musical theatre

musicalmusicalsmusical comedy
Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 – July 2, 1987) was an American musical theatre director, writer, choreographer, and dancer.
Other notable director-choreographers have included Gower Champion, Tommy Tune, Michael Bennett, Gillian Lynne and Susan Stroman.

Donna McKechnie

Donna McKecknie
In the mid-1960s he was a featured dancer on the NBC pop music series Hullabaloo, where he met fellow dancer Donna McKechnie. The 2008 feature-length documentary Every Little Step chronicles the casting process of the musical's 2006 revival, with re-created choreography by Bennett's long-time associate Baayork Lee, and, in the course of the film, the saga of the original production is re-told as well, through the use of old film clips and revealing interviews from the original collaborators, including Lee, Bob Avian (who was the show's original co-choreographer with Bennett and the director of the revival), composer Marvin Hamlisch and the original's leading lady, Donna McKechnie.
She is known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett, with whom she collaborated on her most noted role, the character of Cassie in the musical A Chorus Line.

Company (musical)

CompanyCompany'' (musical)Company.
Bennett choreographed Promises, Promises, Follies and Company. These were followed by two Stephen Sondheim productions, Company and Follies co-directed with Hal Prince.
Musical staging was by Michael Bennett, assisted by Bob Avian.

A Joyful Noise

Bennett made his choreographic debut with A Joyful Noise (1966), which lasted only twelve performances, and in 1967 followed it with another failure, Henry, Sweet Henry (based on the Peter Sellers film The World of Henry Orient).
The 1966 Broadway production was a flop but introduced choreographer Michael Bennett in his Broadway debut.

Seesaw (musical)

SeesawSee-SawSeesaw'' (musical)
In 1973, Bennett was asked by producers Joseph Kipness and Larry Kasha to take over the ailing Cy Coleman–Dorothy Fields musical Seesaw.
Seesaw is a 1973 American musical with a book by Michael Bennett, music by Cy Coleman, and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

Pulitzer Prize for Drama

DramaPulitzer PrizePulitzer Prize-winning
It won nine Tony Awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The most recipients of the prize in one year was five, when Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood, Jr., Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch, and Edward Kleban shared the 1976 prize for the musical A Chorus Line.

Henry, Sweet Henry

Bennett made his choreographic debut with A Joyful Noise (1966), which lasted only twelve performances, and in 1967 followed it with another failure, Henry, Sweet Henry (based on the Peter Sellers film The World of Henry Orient).
It was directed by George Roy Hill and choreographed by Michael Bennett.

Michael Peters

Michael Peters & Partners
He also directed and co-choreographed Dreamgirls with Michael Peters.
Peters danced with Talley Beatty, Alvin Ailey, Bernice Johnson, and Fred Benjamin, and worked with Michael Bennett.

Subways Are for Sleeping

Comes Once in a Lifetime
Bennett's career as a Broadway dancer began in the 1961 Betty Comden–Adolph Green–Jule Styne musical Subways Are for Sleeping, after which he appeared in Meredith Willson's Here's Love and the short-lived Bajour.
The cast included Orson Bean, Sydney Chaplin, Carol Lawrence, Gordon Connell, Grayson Hall, and Green's wife Phyllis Newman (whose costume, consisting solely of a towel, was probably Freddy Wittop's easiest design in his distinguished career), with newcomers Michael Bennett and Valerie Harper in the chorus.

Coco (musical)

CocoCoco'' (musical)
Over the next few years, he earned praise for his work on the straight play Twigs with Sada Thompson and the musical Coco with Katharine Hepburn.
Directed by Michael Benthall and choreographed by Michael Bennett, the cast included René Auberjonois (who won a Tony Award for his performance), George Rose, Michael Allinson, David Holliday, Bob Avian, Jon Cypher, Suzanne Rogers, Graciela Daniele, Ann Reinking, and Gale Dixon.

Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim[Stephen] SondheimSondheim!
These were followed by two Stephen Sondheim productions, Company and Follies co-directed with Hal Prince.
The production, one of the most lavish of its time, also featured choreography and co-direction by Michael Bennett, who went on to create A Chorus Line (1975).

Here's Love

Here’s Love
Bennett's career as a Broadway dancer began in the 1961 Betty Comden–Adolph Green–Jule Styne musical Subways Are for Sleeping, after which he appeared in Meredith Willson's Here's Love and the short-lived Bajour.
The cast included Laurence Naismith, Janis Paige, Craig Stevens, Lisa Kirk, Fred Gwynne, Kathy Cody, Michael Bennett, and Baayork Lee.

Twigs (play)

Twigs
Over the next few years, he earned praise for his work on the straight play Twigs with Sada Thompson and the musical Coco with Katharine Hepburn.
Directed by Michael Bennett, the cast included Sada Thompson, Conrad Bain, and Simon Oakland; Bob Avian was production assistant.

Hullabaloo (TV series)

HullabalooHullaballooHullabaloo!
In the mid-1960s he was a featured dancer on the NBC pop music series Hullabaloo, where he met fellow dancer Donna McKechnie.
Two of them, Michael Bennett and Donna McKechnie, went on to achieve considerable fame on Broadway.

Turkey Lurkey Time

With a contemporary pop score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a wisecracking book by Neil Simon and Bennett's well-received production numbers, including "Turkey Lurkey Time", the show ran for 1,281 performances.
It was originally choreographed for the 1968 Broadway production by Michael Bennett.

Ballroom (musical)

Ballroom BallroomBallroom'' (musical)
Bennett's next musical was a project about late-life romance called Ballroom.
After eleven previews, the Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, opened on December 14, 1978 at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 116 performances.

Bajour (musical)

Bajour
Bennett's career as a Broadway dancer began in the 1961 Betty Comden–Adolph Green–Jule Styne musical Subways Are for Sleeping, after which he appeared in Meredith Willson's Here's Love and the short-lived Bajour.
Directed by Lawrence Kasha and choreographed by Peter Gennaro, the cast included Nancy Dussault as Emily, Herschel Bernardi as Johnny, Chita Rivera as Anyanka, Gus Trikonis as Steve, Herbert Edelman as the Moyva King, and Mae Questel as Mrs. Kirsten, with Paul Sorvino, Harry Goz, Michael Bennett, and Leland Palmer among the ensemble.

Baayork Lee

The 2008 feature-length documentary Every Little Step chronicles the casting process of the musical's 2006 revival, with re-created choreography by Bennett's long-time associate Baayork Lee, and, in the course of the film, the saga of the original production is re-told as well, through the use of old film clips and revealing interviews from the original collaborators, including Lee, Bob Avian (who was the show's original co-choreographer with Bennett and the director of the revival), composer Marvin Hamlisch and the original's leading lady, Donna McKechnie.
While attending the High School for Performing Arts, she met fellow student Michael Bennett.