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Dancing Man Synopsis

Tony and Olivier Award-winning Bob Avian's dazzling life story, Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey, is a memoir in three acts. Act I reveals the origins of one of Broadway's legendary choreographers who appeared onstage with stars like Barbra Streisand and Mary Martin all before he was thirty. Act II includes teaching Katharine Hepburn how to sing and dance in Coco and working with Stephen Sondheim and Michael Bennett while helping to choreograph the original productions of Company and Follies. During this time, Avian won a Tony Award as the cochoreographer of A Chorus Line and produced the spectacular Tony Award-winning Dreamgirls. For a triumphant third act, Avian choreographed Julie Andrews's return to the New York stage, devised all of the musical staging for Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard, and directed A Chorus Line on Broadway. He worked with the biggest names on Broadway, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, and Glenn Close. Candid, witty, sometimes shocking, and always entertaining, here at last is the ultimate up-close and personal insider's view from a front row seat at the creation of the biggest, brightest, and best Broadway musicals of the past fifty years.

Dancing Man Press Reviews

He's a Broadway legend . . . or, he would be if he weren't one of those talented creatures who does the work and happily allows others to dance in the spotlight. Even in Bob Avian's memoir, you'll probably remember the larger-than-life personalities he collaborated with more than you'll remember the choreographer himself. But he's done it all, and theater buffs will savor his story. . . . Avian tells his story with all the grace and precision one would expect from one of Broadway's best.--Michael Giltz broadwaydirect.com

Book Information

ISBN: 9781496825889
Publication date: 28th February 2020
Author: Bob Avian, Tom Santopietro
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Individual actors & performers, Musicals, Choreography,

About Bob Avian, Tom Santopietro

Bob Avian is an award-winning Broadway choreographer known for his work on Promises, Promises; Coco; A Chorus Line; and Ballroom. He began his career on Broadway as a dancer in such classic shows as West Side Story, Funny Girl, and Hello, Dolly! He served as the original producer of Dreamgirls in 1981 and directed the revival of A Chorus Line in 2006. He divides his time between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Kent, Connecticut. Tom Santopietro is an author and Broadway theater manager. His books include The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing ...

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