Gower Champion News

Date Of Birth:
June 21, 1919
Date Of Death:
August 25, 1980 (61)
Birth Place:
Geneva, IL, USA
Gender:
Male
BWW Reviews: A Toe-Tapping, Tap-Dancing 42ND STREET at Allenberry Playhouse
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 10, 2014

Director Ryan Gibbs and choreographer Dann Dunn put the tapping feet of 42ND STREET on the Allenberry stage. (more...)

GOTTA DANCE! Exhibit at Jacob's Pillow Celebrates Vintage Movie Poster Art, Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

The art of the dance movie poster is celebrated at Jacob's Pillow this summer with GOTTA DANCE!, an extraordinary exhibit of vintage posters from throughout the world. The posters, which feature stars such as Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Eleanor Powell, and Astaire & Rogers, were selected from the personal collection of one of the genre's foremost experts, award-winning campaign designer and producer Mike Kaplan. GOTTA DANCE! includes a special six-poster salute to Marge and Gower Champion on the occasion of Marge Champion's 95th birthday. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 11th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 11, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's our annual Regional Summer Musical Theater Guide, featuring the best summer theaters in Illinois, Wisconsin, western Michigan and northern Indiana, plus the Muny in St. Louis! Timber Lake, American Folklore, Mason Street, Wagon Wheel, Little Theatre On The Square and more! (more...)

ADM21 to Make Joyce Theater Debut, 11/11-16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will make its Joyce Theater debut, November 11 - 16, with eight performances of show-stopping musical theater dance numbers by legendary choreographers including Rob Ashford, Michael Bennett, Patricia Birch, Gower Champion, Jack Cole, Henry LeTang, Jerry Mitchell, Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman and more. (more...)

AMERICAN DANCE MACHINE to Make Joyce Theater Debut - Patricia Birch, Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins & More, 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will make its Joyce Theater debut,November 11 - 16, with eight performances of show-stopping musical theater dance numbers by legendary choreographers including Rob Ashford, Michael Bennett, Patricia Birch, Gower Champion, Jack Cole, Henry LeTang, Jerry Mitchell, Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman and more. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #11 - BYE BYE BIRDIE
by Pat Cerasaro - May 29, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the most oft-revived and popular musicals of all time, BYE BYE BIRDIE. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #13 - 42nd STREET
by Pat Cerasaro - May 27, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on what many consider the final musical in the Golden Age tradition, 42nd STREET! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Gateway's 42ND STREET
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

The Gateway will open their 65th season with '42nd Street' - led by three-­time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner - now through June 8 at Bellport's Gateway Playhouse. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #17 - HELLO, DOLLY!
by Pat Cerasaro - May 23, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on one of the most adored and highly-awarded musicals ever written, HELLO, DOLLY! (more...)

Tony Nominee Randy Skinner to Lead Gateway's 42ND STREET, 5/21-6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

The Gateway will open their 65th season with "42nd Street" - led by three-­time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner - May 21 to June 8 at Bellport's Gateway Playhouse. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Announces the Full 2014 Schedule, 6/14-8/24
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Following the record-breaking attendance of Festival 2013, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival announces the full 2014 Festival free and ticketed event schedule. Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, home to America's longest-running dance festival, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Noted dance writer Jennifer Dunning has called the Pillow "the dance center of the nation, possibly the world." (more...)

BWW Interviews: Choreographer Spencer Liff Talks HEDWIG, DWTS & New Season of SYTYCD
by Caryn Robbins - May 16, 2014

Today, the multi-talented dancer speaks exclusively to BWW about the uniqueness of choreographing a show like 'Hedwig', his longtime relationship with Neil Patrick Harris and what's ahead for the new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance.' (more...)

Barbara Cook to Bring ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN? to Symphony Space Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Tony and Grammy Award winner and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook will be returning to New York-area stages with her new concert ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN? Barbara Cook in Concert, with upcoming performances scheduled for: Saturday, April 26 at Symphony Space in Manhattan; Saturday, May 10 at the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center at Queens College; Saturday, May 31 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, New Jersey; and at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY on Saturday June 14. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Celebrate HELLO, DOLLY!'s 50th Anniversary this Weekend
by TV News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

THEATER TALK celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! with a trio of guests, each with a different association with the long-running show. Actress Sondra Lee was the production's original Minnie Fay; Lee Roy Reams was Cornelius in the 1978 revival and directed the second revival in 1995; and dancer Marge Champion, married to the show's director-choreographer Gower Champion, was present at the show's creation. The 1964 mega-hit was a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, with a book by Michael Stewart, score by 26-year-old Jerry Herman and produced by the notorious David Merrick. The show's original cast included: Carol Channing, David Burns, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eileen Brennan and Ms. Lee. It ran for a record-breaking 2,844 performances from Jan. 15, 1964 to Dec. 27, 1970 and won 10 Tony Awards, a record it held for 35 years. (more...)

Photo Flash: Carol Channing Visits Bernadette Peters at the McCallum
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2014

Bernadette Peters Tweeted three pictures of she and Carol Channing backstage at her concert at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, Calif., on February 19. Check them out below! (more...)

Anita Gillette Brings AFTER ALL To Feinstein's At The Nikko, 1/30
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 30, 2014

Recognizable stage and screen star Anita Gillette returns to the West Coast with her solo show AFTER ALL this Friday with a gig scheduled for Feinstein's At The Nikko. (more...)

Photo Flash: Original HELLO, DOLLY! Cast Celebrates 50th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2014

Richard Skipper is kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of HELLO, DOLLY! with members of the original Broadway cast! Scheduled to appear: Nicole Barth (Original cast), Paul Berne (dancer, Original Company), Carleton Carpenter and Johnny Beecher (Sheridan (Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker: Mary Martin International Company), Wayne Clark (first National Company with Carol Channing), John Anthony Gilvey: Author, Before the Parade Passes By: Gower Champion and the Glorious American Musical (click here), David Hartman (Rudolph and Stage Manager: Original Company), Charles Karel (Original cast), Jan LaPrad (Original Company dancer), Joan 'Buttons' Leonard (original company), Bob Lydiard (Cornelius Hackl, Carol's first Broadway Revival), Lee Roy Reams (Cornelius Hackl 1977 tour and Broadway Revival, director 1996 Broadway tour and Revival), Megan Thomas (Carol's last tour), Andrea Bell (started with Carol Channing, as Ermengarde at the age of seventeen, in Carol's FIRST national tour as well as other productions.) Ron Young (dancer original cast). (more...)

Original Cast Members Kick Off Yearlong Celebration of HELLO, DOLLY!'s 50th Anniversary Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2014

Richard Skipper is kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of HELLO, DOLLY! with members of the original Broadway cast! (more...)

Original Cast Members to Celebrate HELLO, DOLLY!'s 50th Anniversary with Richard Skipper this Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 02, 2014

Richard Skipper will be kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hello, Dolly with members of the original Broadway cast! Flea market: 12:30 - 2:00- Great place to find music sheets, tapes, CD's etc. Members may bring their CD's to sell at the CD table. (more...)

Anita Gillette to Bring AFTER ALL to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein will present Tony Award Nominated star of stage and screen, Anita Gillette, as she presents her new one-woman show, After All, a wonderful evening of music and memories that takes an intimate, touching, and hilarious look behind the scenes from Broadway to Hollywood on Thursday, January 30, 2014 (8 p.m.). An autobiographical work, After All takes audiences backstage with Gillette as a young showgirl starting out in the original cast of Gypsy with Ethel Merman onwards into the worlds of David Merrick and Gower Champion in Carnival through a building career that leads to a Tony nominated performance in the Neil Simon comedy Chapter Two. From major feature films playing roles such as Ms. Mona in 'Moonstruck,' co-starring in hit television shows like 'Quincy' and Game Show classics, to playing Tina Fey's mother in '30 Rock' and Annie Fitzsimmons in the multiple award winning hit 'Modern Family,' Gillette will surprise and delight in this production that is certain to entertain! Tickets for Anita Gillette range in price from $30-$40 and are available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

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