Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Librettist, Composer, Lyricist


Biography


Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 – July 2, 1987) was an American musical theater director, writer, choreographer, and dancer. He won seven Tony Awards for his choreography and direction of Broadway shows and was nominated for an additional eleven.

Bennett choreographed Promises, Promises, Follies and Company. In 1976, he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical A Chorus Line. Bennett, under the aegis of producer Joseph Papp, created A Chorus Line based on a workshop process which he pioneered. He also directed and co-choreographed Dreamgirls with Michael Peters


Shows by Michael Bennett

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Synopsis

A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak... read more

Jerry Ryan, a simple, young Midwestern lawyer comes to New York where he has a fling with a young Broadway dancer, Gittel. While the fling is only temporary, both Jerry and Gittel learn a great deal about themselves and have... read more

Overview

Nationality
American
Born
4/8/1943
Died
7/2/1987
Show Categories
Musical
Genres
Drama, Romance

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