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Bob Avian

 
Bio:
Bob began his career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows including WEST SIDE STORY and FUNNY GIRL. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and/or assistant director on productions including ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Bob began his career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows including WEST SIDE STORY and FUNNY GIRL. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and/or assistant director on productions including ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1969
Grand Duke Alexandrovitch

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Musical Staging[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Musical Staging
 
[Los Angeles, 2016]
Production Supervisor
 
[West End, 2014]
Musical Staging
 
[US Tour, 2010]
Co-Choreographer
Director
 
[US Tour, 2008]
Director
Co-Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Director
Co-Choreographer
 
[UK Tour, 2004]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2000]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer
 
[Regional (US), 1999]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1998]
Choreographer
 
[Los Angeles, 1998]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1996]
Choreographer
 
[Canada, 1995]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1994]
Choreographer
 
[Regional (US), 1993]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1993]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1989]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1987]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Production Supervisor
 
[US Tour, 1983]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Producer
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1976]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1976]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Co-Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Co-Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Assistant Director
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Assistant Choreographer

Photos

Peter Pileski and Bob Avian Photo

Peter Pileski and Bob Avian

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Date:
11/15/2018
Bob Avian, Baayork Lee and Peter Pileski Photo

Bob Avian, Baayork Lee and Peter Pileski

From: 
Date:
08/06/2017
Bob Avian, Cameron Mackintosh Photo

Bob Avian, Cameron Mackintosh

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Date:
02/15/2017
Bob Avian, Cameron Mackintosh, Laurence Connor Photo

Bob Avian, Cameron Mackintosh, Laurence Connor

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Date:
02/15/2017
Bob Avian and Margo Sappington Photo

Bob Avian and Margo Sappington

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Date:
10/08/2015

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1969
Grand Duke Alexandrovitch

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director

[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Musical Staging[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2017]
Musical Staging

[Los Angeles, 2016]
Production Supervisor

[West End, 2014]
Musical Staging

[US Tour, 2010]
Co-Choreographer

Director

[US Tour, 2008]
Director

Co-Choreographer

[Broadway, 2006]
Director

Co-Choreographer

[UK Tour, 2004]
Choreographer

[West End, 2000]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer

[Regional (US), 1999]
Choreographer

[US Tour, 1998]
Choreographer

[Los Angeles, 1998]
Choreographer

[US Tour, 1996]
Choreographer

[Canada, 1995]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1994]
Choreographer

[Regional (US), 1993]
Choreographer

[West End, 1993]
Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1991]
Choreographer

[West End, 1989]
Choreographer

[West End, 1987]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1987]
Production Supervisor

[US Tour, 1983]
Producer

[Broadway, 1981]
Producer

[Broadway, 1978]
Producer

Choreographer

[West End, 1976]
Choreographer

[US Tour, 1976]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1975]
Co-Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Co-Choreographer

[Broadway, 1974]
Assistant Director

[Broadway, 1973]
Associate Choreographer

[Broadway, 1971]
Associate Choreographer

[Broadway, 1970]
Associate Choreographer

[Broadway, 1969]
Associate Choreographer

[Broadway, 1968]
Assistant Choreographer

Bob Avian Biography

Bob began his career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows including WEST SIDE STORY and FUNNY GIRL. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and/or assistant director on productions including COMPANY, FOLLIES, TWIGS, SEESAW and GOD'S FAVORITE. He received a Tony Award as co-choreographer of A CHORUS LINE. He then went on to win his second Tony award for co-choreographing BALLROOM as well as serving as co-producer. Bob was also a producer of the original and national companies of DREAMGIRLS, the highly acclaimed musical which won six Tony awards. He choreographed the London production of FOLLIES and then created the musical staging for MISS SAIGON. He choreographed the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD, receiving his sixth Tony nomination. Next came the Boublil & Schönberg musical MARTIN GUERRE for which he won the Olivier Award for choreography. Bob also did Stephen Sondheim's PUTTING IT TOGETHER off-Broadway starring Julie Andrews and on Broadway starring Carol Burnett. Returning once again to London, he choreographed THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. Bob directed the revival of A CHORUS LINE on Broadway and then in London at the Palladium. Most recently he recreated his choreography for the new Miss Saigon currently playing in London. He is a proud member of the board of the Miami City Ballet.

Bob Avian Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Theatre Choreographer Gold Star
Bob Avian, Martin Guerre
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Choreography
Bob Avian , Sunset Boulevard
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Choreography
Bob Avian, Miss Saigon
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Musical
Bob Avian, Dreamgirls
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Bob Avian, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Choreography
Bob Avian, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Musical
Bob Avian, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Musical
Bob Avian, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Bob Avian , A Chorus Line

Bob Avian News

Who Was Joe Papp? Watch Career Highlights of the Theatre Legend Photo Who Was Joe Papp? Watch Career Highlights of the Theatre Legend
by Team BWW - May 25, 2022

Joe Papp, founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls, created a 'theater of inclusion' based on the belief that great art is for everyone.

BWW Interview: Arnetia Walker on THE WIZ, DREAMGIRLS, & YES, VIRGINIA Photo BWW Interview: Arnetia Walker on THE WIZ, DREAMGIRLS, & YES, VIRGINIA
by Jeffrey Kare - Nov 11, 2021

From November 18th-21st, Judson Theatre Company will be presenting a new holiday comedy by Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin titled YES, VIRGINIA at Owens Auditorium inside the Bradshaw Performing Arts Center. Actress Arnetia Walker stars in the production opposite Mindy Sterling. She has appeared on Broadway in THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, RAISIN, THE WIZ, and DREAMGIRLS. Her TV credits include: QUANTUM LEAP, NURSES, THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, MAD ABOUT YOU, NYPD BLUE, MALCOLM & EDDIE, JUST SHOOT ME!, THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW, TOUCHED BY AN ANGLE, CITY OF ANGELS, JUDGING AMY, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, and DYNASTY. Her film credits include: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME, SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS, LOVE CRIMES, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, and COLLEGE ROAD TRIP. I had the great pleasure of interviewing her about all of this and more.

ALL EYES ON BAAYORK LEE: Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to the Award-Winning Legend Abou Photo ALL EYES ON BAAYORK LEE: Richard Jay-Alexander Talks to the Award-Winning Legend About This Sunday's WICKED In Concert on PBS and Her Extraordinary Career
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Aug 27, 2021

This Sunday finds the diminutive talent wearing yet another new hat, as Director for Sunday night’s airing of WICKED In Concert, celebrating the score of the iconic, long-running musical,

Moonlight State Productions Announces 2021 Summer Season Photo Moonlight State Productions Announces 2021 Summer Season
by Stephi Wild - May 2, 2021

The curtain will finally rise on Moonlight Stage Productions' long-delayed 40th anniversary season this summer when it returns to live and in-person entertainment in June with four Broadway musicals.

The Wick Theatre Returns to Live Performances with A CHORUS LINE Photo The Wick Theatre Returns to Live Performances with A CHORUS LINE
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 30, 2021

The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton is no longer dark! The acclaimed venue recently opened for the Tony award-winning musical A Chorus Line, which will run through May 30, 2021. 

VIDEO: On This Day, March 23- MISS SAIGON Returns to Broadway Photo VIDEO: On This Day, March 23- MISS SAIGON Returns to Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 23, 2021

On this day in 2017, Cameron Macintosh's acclaimed revival of the musical Miss Saigon landed on Broadway starring Tony-nominee Eva Noblezada. 

Wake Up With BWW 3/17: SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Returns, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 3/17: SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Returns, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 17, 2021

Today's top stories: Shakespeare in the Park returns this summer, The Office! A Musical Parody resumes off-Broadway next month, Lin-Manuel Miranda announces new book on In the Heights, and more!

VIDEO: The Late Bob Avian Talks 'Dancin' Man' in Final Interview Photo VIDEO: The Late Bob Avian Talks 'Dancin' Man' in Final Interview
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2021

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this year, Broadway choreographer Bob Avian, known best for his work with Michael Bennett, passed away at the age of 83, but not before one final interview. Watch below as the beloved song and dance man chats with Island City Stage about his book, 'Dancin' Man', just a week before his death.

Theater Stories: A CHORUS LINE, The HELLO, DOLLY! Revival, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD & Mo Photo Theater Stories: A CHORUS LINE, The HELLO, DOLLY! Revival, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD & More About The Shubert Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 7, 2021

This week's Theater Stories features the Shubert Theatre! Learn about one of the longest running Broadway shows of all time, A Chorus Line, the incredibly successful production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the star-studded revival of Hello, Dolly! and more.

Social Roundup: The Theatre Community Mourns the Loss of Bob Avian Photo Social Roundup: The Theatre Community Mourns the Loss of Bob Avian
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Jan 22, 2021

Read what theatre stars from across social media are saying about the passing of Bob Avian.

Bob Avian Videos

VIDEO: The Late Bob Avian Talks 'Dancin' Man' in Final Interview VideoVIDEO: The Late Bob Avian Talks 'Dancin' Man' in Final Interview
by Stage Tube - Mar 16, 2021

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this year, Broadway choreographer Bob Avian, known best for his work with Michael Bennett, passed away at the age of 83, but not before one final interview. Watch below as the beloved song and dance man chats with Island City Stage about his book, 'Dancin' Man', just a week before his death.

VIDEO: Watch an All New Lyric Video For 'One' From A CHORUS LINE, in Honor of the Sho VideoVIDEO: Watch an All New Lyric Video For 'One' From A CHORUS LINE, in Honor of the Show's 45th Anniversary
by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2020

In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of A Chorus Line this past weekend (July 25th) a new lyric video was released for the song a?oeOne.a??

Broadway Rewind: A CHORUS LINE Is a Singular Sensation on Broadway! VideoBroadway Rewind: A CHORUS LINE Is a Singular Sensation on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 9, 2020

This episode of Broadway Rewind takes you to the opening night celebration of the new production of Michael Bennett's Pulitzer Prize winning musical A Chorus Line. But we start things off at a rehearsal for the one night only Actors Fund Benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which starred Emily Skinner as Miss Mona and Broadway's original 'Annie' herself, Andrea McArdle as Doatsey Mae. McArdle told BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge about her take on the role and her song, 'She reminds me a little bit of that Mabel Normand character. Doatsey Mae is very smart. If it wasn't for that Chicken Ranch in town, she would have been a happening girl. She's overshadowed by all of this tardiness in this tiny little town, (and the song), is a heartbreaking number. It's sweet and a great country number.

Summer Flashback: A CHORUS LINE Opens on Broadway! VideoSummer Flashback: A CHORUS LINE Opens on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2019

A five, six, seven, eight! The legendary original production of A Chorus Line celebrates the 44th anniversary of its opening night this week. In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the opening of the show's revival featuring Tony Yazbeck, Jason Tam, Charlotte d'Amboise, and more! Check out the video to see what the show's cast did for love!

VIDEO: On This Day, July 2- Remembering Michael Bennett VideoVIDEO: On This Day, July 2- Remembering Michael Bennett
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 2, 2019

On this day, we celebrate the life and legacy of legendary Broadway choreographer and director, Michael Bennett, who passed away from complications from AIDS on this day in 1987.

BWW TV: Get Back in the Line with Highlights from New York City Center's A CHORUS LIN VideoBWW TV: Get Back in the Line with Highlights from New York City Center's A CHORUS LINE!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2018

New York City Center will soon present the 75th Anniversary gala presentation of A Chorus Line. The production will star Jay Armstrong Johnson (Bobby), Kate Bailey (Kristine), Callan Bergmann (Frank), Natalie Bourgeois (Lois), Tommy Bracco (Mike), Wesley Ian Cappiello (Roy), Max Clayton (Don), Aaron Patrick Craven (Butch), Sara Esty (Maggie), Emily Franch (Vicki), David Grindrod (Mark), Eddie Gutierrez (Paul), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Jolina Javier (Connie), Tara Kostmayer (Diana), Denis Lambert (Greg), J. Elaine Marcos (Val), Melanie Moore (Judy), Jenna Nicole Schoen (Tricia), Joseph J. Simeone (Al), Ahmad Simmons (Tom), Ryan Steele (Larry), Naomi C. Walley (Bebe), Anthony Wayne (Richie), Tony Yazbeck (Zach), and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).

VIDEO: Watch Robyn Hurder Get Ready to Take on Cassie for A CHORUS LINE! VideoVIDEO: Watch Robyn Hurder Get Ready to Take on Cassie for A CHORUS LINE!
by Stage Tube - Nov 13, 2018

New York City Center will soon present the 75th Anniversary gala presentation of A Chorus Line. The production will star Jay Armstrong Johnson (Bobby), Kate Bailey (Kristine), Callan Bergmann (Frank), Natalie Bourgeois (Lois), Tommy Bracco (Mike), Wesley Ian Cappiello (Roy), Max Clayton (Don), Aaron Patrick Craven (Butch), Sara Esty (Maggie), Emily Franch (Vicki), David Grindrod (Mark), Eddie Gutierrez (Paul), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Jolina Javier (Connie), Tara Kostmayer (Diana), Denis Lambert (Greg), J. Elaine Marcos (Val), Melanie Moore (Judy), Jenna Nicole Schoen (Tricia), Joseph J. Simeone (Al), Ahmad Simmons (Tom), Ryan Steele (Larry), Naomi C. Walley (Bebe), Anthony Wayne (Richie), Tony Yazbeck (Zach), and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).

BWW TV: Watch the Cast of A CHORUS LINE Dance It Out in Rehearsals for City Center Ga VideoBWW TV: Watch the Cast of A CHORUS LINE Dance It Out in Rehearsals for City Center Gala!
by TV - Press Previews - Oct 31, 2018

New York City Center will soon present the 75th Anniversary gala presentation of A Chorus Line. The production will star Jay Armstrong Johnson (Bobby), Kate Bailey (Kristine), Callan Bergmann (Frank), Natalie Bourgeois (Lois), Tommy Bracco (Mike), Wesley Ian Cappiello (Roy), Max Clayton (Don), Aaron Patrick Craven (Butch), Sara Esty (Maggie), Emily Franch (Vicki), David Grindrod (Mark), Eddie Gutierrez (Paul), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Jolina Javier (Connie), Tara Kostmayer (Diana), Denis Lambert (Greg), J. Elaine Marcos (Val), Melanie Moore (Judy), Jenna Nicole Schoen (Tricia), Joseph J. Simeone (Al), Ahmad Simmons (Tom), Ryan Steele (Larry), Naomi C. Walley (Bebe), Anthony Wayne (Richie), Tony Yazbeck (Zach), and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).

BWW TV: A 5, 6, 7, 8! Watch a Sneak Peek from New York City Center's Star-Studded A C VideoBWW TV: A 5, 6, 7, 8! Watch a Sneak Peek from New York City Center's Star-Studded A CHORUS LINE!
by TV - Press Previews - Oct 30, 2018

New York City Center will soon present the 75th Anniversary gala presentation of A Chorus Line. The production will star Jay Armstrong Johnson (Bobby), Kate Bailey (Kristine), Callan Bergmann (Frank), Natalie Bourgeois (Lois), Tommy Bracco (Mike), Wesley Ian Cappiello (Roy), Max Clayton (Don), Aaron Patrick Craven (Butch), Sara Esty (Maggie),Emily Franch (Vicki), David Grindrod (Mark), Eddie Gutierrez (Paul), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Jolina Javier (Connie), Tara Kostmayer (Diana), Denis Lambert (Greg), J. Elaine Marcos (Val), Melanie Moore (Judy), Jenna Nicole Schoen (Tricia), Joseph J. Simeone (Al), Ahmad Simmons (Tom), Ryan Steele (Larry), Naomi C. Walley (Bebe), Anthony Wayne (Richie), Tony Yazbeck (Zach), and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).

VIDEO: On This Day, July 2- Remembering Michael Bennett VideoVIDEO: On This Day, July 2- Remembering Michael Bennett
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 2, 2018

On this day, we celebrate the life and legacy of legendary Broadway choreographer and director, Michael Bennett.


Bob Avian Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Bob Avian been in?
Bob Avian has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Bob Avian been in?
Bob Avian has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Bob Avian been nominated for?
Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Martin Guerre , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Sunset Boulevard , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Miss Saigon , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Ballroom , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Ballroom , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Ballroom Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Ballroom and Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line .

What awards has Bob Avian won?
Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for Martin Guerre Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Ballroomand Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line.