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Gower Champion

 
Gower Champion Headshot
Date of Birth: June 21, 1919
Date of Death: August 25, 1980 (61)

Birth Place: Geneva, IL, USA

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Performer
  [Broadway]
1942
Teddy Roosevelt Brandywine
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1942
Campbell
  [Broadway]
1939
Le Fils Americain
Cadet
"Reading, Writing and a Little Bit of Rhythm" Dancer
"South American Way" Dancer
"We Live of Love" / "We Haven't Got A Pot to Cook In" Dancer

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2015]
Original 42nd Street Director and Choreographer
 
[West End, 1984]
Director/Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1984]
Director/Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1983]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1980]
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Production Supervisor
 
[Broadway, 1976]
Choreographer
Director
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Choreographer
Director
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1972]
Choreographer
Director
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Director
 
[West End, 1968]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1967]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1966]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1965]
Director/Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1965]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1964]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Director
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1963]
Director
 
[West End, 1962]
Director/Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1961]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1961]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1961]
Director
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1960]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1955]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1951]
Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Choreographer
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1948]
Choreographer

Photos

Gower Champion & Lee Roy Reams Photo

Gower Champion & Lee Roy Reams

From: 
Date:
10/08/2017

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Performer

  [Broadway]
1942
Teddy Roosevelt Brandywine

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1942
Campbell

  [Broadway]
1939
Le Fils Americain

Cadet

"Reading, Writing and a Little Bit of Rhythm" Dancer

"South American Way" Dancer

"We Live of Love" / "We Haven't Got A Pot to Cook In" Dancer

Productions

[US Tour, 2015]
Original 42nd Street Director and Choreographer

[West End, 1984]
Director/Choreographer

[US Tour, 1984]
Director/Choreographer

[US Tour, 1983]
Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1980]
Director/Choreographer

Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 1978]
Production Supervisor

[Broadway, 1976]
Choreographer

Director

Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1974]
Choreographer

Director

Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1973]
Director

[Broadway, 1972]
Choreographer

Director

Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1971]
Director

Producer

[Broadway, 1969]
Director

[West End, 1968]
Director

[Broadway, 1968]
Director/Choreographer

Choreographer

[US Tour, 1967]
Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1966]
Director

[Broadway, 1966]
Director

[US Tour, 1966]
Director/Choreographer

[West End, 1965]
Director/Choreographer

[US Tour, 1965]
Director/Choreographer

[West End, 1964]
Director

[Broadway, 1964]
Director

[Broadway, 1964]
Director

Director/Choreographer

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1963]
Director

[West End, 1962]
Director/Choreographer

[US Tour, 1961]
Director/Choreographer

[West End, 1961]
Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1961]
Director

Director/Choreographer

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1960]
Director

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1955]
Director

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1951]
Choreographer

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1948]
Choreographer

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1948]
Choreographer


Gower Champion Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Gower Champion, 42nd Street
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Gower Champion, 42nd Street
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Direction of a Musical
Gower Champion, 42nd Street
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Choreography
Gower Champion , Mack and Mabel
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Direction of a Musical
Gower Champion, Mack and Mabel
 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Choreography
Gower Champion , sugar
 
Tony Awards - 1973 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Gower Champion , Sugar
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Gower Champion, The Happy Time
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Gower Champion, The Happy Time
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Direction of a Musical
Gower Champion, I Do! I Do!
 
Tony Awards - 1964 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Gower Champion , Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Awards - 1964 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Gower Champion, Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Direction of a Musical
Gower Champion, Carnival
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1961 - Creative Contribution of the Season Gold Star
Gower Champion
 
Tony Awards - 1961 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Gower Champion, Bye Bye Birdie
 
Tony Awards - 1961 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Gower Champion, Bye Bye Birdie
 
Tony Awards - 1949 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Gower Champion, Lend an Ear

Gower Champion News

Chita Rivera's Memoir Will Arrive in April 2023 Photo Chita Rivera's Memoir Will Arrive in April 2023
by Team BWW - Aug 3, 2022

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, a memoir is on the way from Broadway icon Chita Rivera via HarperOne. BroadwayWorld has just learned that the book, titled Chita: A Memoir, will be released on April 25, 2023.

New Production of 42nd STREET Will Open at Curve, Leicester Ahead of UK Tour Photo New Production of 42nd STREET Will Open at Curve, Leicester Ahead of UK Tour
by Stephi Wild - Jul 25, 2022

David Ian for Crossroads Live UK and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions present the Curve and Sadler's Wells production of the musical 42nd STREET, opening at Curve, Leicester on Wednesday 17 May 2023, where it will play until Saturday 3 June 2023, followed by a season at Sadler's Wells from Wednesday 7 June 2023 to Sunday 2 July 2023 ahead of a UK tour with touring dates to be announced soon.

Review: 42ND STREET at Music Theatre Wichita, Century II Concert Hall Photo Review: 42ND STREET at Music Theatre Wichita, Century II Concert Hall
by Paula Makar - Jul 4, 2022

After a two year hiatus, Music Theatre Wichita is FINALLY back in the Century II Concert Hall and Wichita Theatregoers couldn’t be happier! There was no better way to celebrate the return than an incredible performance of 42nd Street! I’m sad the show didn’t run another week, and sadder still if you didn’t get to see it. For those who did, it was nothing short of magnificent!

Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2022/2023 Season Featuring Six-Month Sondheim Celebratio Photo Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2022/2023 Season Featuring Six-Month Sondheim Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

Pasadena Playhouse has announced the 2022/2023 Season featuring a six-month-long celebration of the works and impact of Stephen Sondheim.  The State Theater of California’s Sondheim Celebration will begin in January 2023 and extend into June.  Find out what shows are included and the full schedule.

Broadway Streaming Guide: April 2022 - Where to Watch BETTER NATE THAN EVER & More Ne Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: April 2022 - Where to Watch BETTER NATE THAN EVER & More New Releases!
by Michael Major - Apr 16, 2022

This April, Broadway fans can spring into action with new albums, concerts, and television shows to binge. From the new Disney+ film adaption of Better Nate Than Ever to new additions to Seth Rudetsky's concert series, check out what's coming to streaming services this month!

Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022/23 Broadway Series Photo Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2022/23 Broadway Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

Algonquin Arts Theatre has announced its 2022-2023 Broadway Series titles. Flying in to start the season is Mary Poppins followed by the theatre's August production of The Who's Tommy. In October, Man of LaMancha returns to the Algonquin Stage.

New Season Announced For Village Theatre Photo New Season Announced For Village Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022

Village Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2022‚Äď2023 Mainstage Season, a full return to five blockbuster theatre shows, live on stage in¬†Issaquah and Everett, Washington.

42ND STREET Complete Recording Will Be Released on April 8 Photo 42ND STREET Complete Recording Will Be Released on April 8
by Stephi Wild - Mar 15, 2022

Jay commenced the first complete recording of the original version of the musical with the original orchestrations by Philip J. Lang at Abbey Road Studios, London on October 5 1996 and completed it at Clinton Recording Studios, New York on October 19 1996. This will be the first time it is released to the public.

BWW Exclusive: Broadway Icon CHITA RIVERA Visits the Cast of Eight O'Clock Theatre's  Photo BWW Exclusive: Broadway Icon CHITA RIVERA Visits the Cast of Eight O'Clock Theatre's SWEET CHARITY in Largo
by Peter Nason - Mar 14, 2022

She calls this production of SWEET CHARITY 'fabulous!' It runs through March 20th in Largo at the Central Park Performing Arts Center.

VIDEO: Happy Birthday to Broadway Legend Bernadette Peters Photo VIDEO: Happy Birthday to Broadway Legend Bernadette Peters
by Team BWW - Feb 28, 2022

Happy Birthday to the one and only Bernadette Peters! Today, we're celebrating one of Broadway's favorite stars with a look back on some highlights from her career.

Gower Champion Videos

VIDEO: Bernadette Peters Returns to ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST VideoVIDEO: Bernadette Peters Returns to ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 15, 2021

The series stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar and Mary Steenburgen.

VIDEO: On This Day, February 28- Happy Birthday, Bernadette Peters! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, February 28- Happy Birthday, Bernadette Peters!
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 28, 2019

On this day, we're celebrating the birthday of one of Broadway's most notable living legends, the lovely Bernadette Peters.

VIDEO: Stanley Donen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1998 Oscars VideoVIDEO: Stanley Donen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1998 Oscars
by Stage Tube - Feb 23, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Stanley Donen, director of movie musicals such as Singin' In The Rain and On The Town, has died at age 94.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Fulton Theatre's 42ND STREET VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Fulton Theatre's 42ND STREET
by Alan Henry - Nov 29, 2018

The historic Fulton Theatre is tapping in the holiday season with a signature Fulton dance extravaganza! The glitz, glamour, and the 'Lullaby of Broadway,' 42nd Street. This classic Broadway Music is bursting with show-stopping number after show-stopping number including memorable Broadway standards such as 'We're In the Money,' 'About a Quarter to Nine,' 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo,' and the title song 'Forty-Second Street'! 42nd Street at the Fulton will excite your senses and energize your spirits for the holidays!

VIDEO: Watch Bette Midler Talk the Challenges of HELLO, DOLLY! on GOOD MORNING AMERIC VideoVIDEO: Watch Bette Midler Talk the Challenges of HELLO, DOLLY! on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2018

The show-stopping actress and legend reflects with ABC News' Robin Roberts on her divine career, from 'Beaches' and 'Hocus Pocus' to Broadway.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 20: Bette is Back Where She Belongs in HELLO DOLLY! On Broa VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 20: Bette is Back Where She Belongs in HELLO DOLLY! On Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 20, 2018

On this day in 2017, the divine Bette Midler returned to Broadway in the iconic role of Dolly Levi in the smash-hit revival of Jerry Herman's HELLO DOLLY!

BWW Flashback: HELLO, DOLLY! Comes to Broadway (for the First Time) with Carol Channi VideoBWW Flashback: HELLO, DOLLY! Comes to Broadway (for the First Time) with Carol Channing!
by Stage Tube - Jan 16, 2018

The Shubert Theatre may be getting a fresh marquee this week, with Bernadette Peters' name in lights, but 54 years ago today, Dolly Gallagher Levi made her very first appearance on Broadway.

VIDEO: Beanie Feldstein Reveals How LADY BIRD Led to Her Broadway Debut VideoVIDEO: Beanie Feldstein Reveals How LADY BIRD Led to Her Broadway Debut
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 21, 2017

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, Beanie Feldstein revealed how her film LADY BIRD led to her Broadway break in HELLO, DOLLY! The actress also shares footage of her belting 'Tomorrow' as an ANNIE understudy!

BWW TV: Bette Midler Responds with Elegance to Her Onstage Birthday Surprise VideoBWW TV: Bette Midler Responds with Elegance to Her Onstage Birthday Surprise
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 2, 2017

It's a divine day indeed when the chance arises to throw an extra celebration for Bette Midler! The company of Hello, Dolly! surprised their leading lady with a grand birthday cake onstage. Watch her gracious thank you below!

VIDEO: Take a Closer Look at Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Vinyl Edition VideoVIDEO: Take a Closer Look at Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Vinyl Edition
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

Masterworks Broadway is celebrating the release of The New Broadway Cast Recording of Hello, Dolly! starring three-time Grammy Award-winning legend Bette Midler as Dolly Gallagher Levi on vinyl. Watch the video below to get a closer look at all the features, including a 20-page book with production shots, lyrics and liner notes, cover art tributing the 1964 Broadway cast album and more!


Gower Champion Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Gower Champion been in?
Gower Champion has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Gower Champion been in?
Gower Champion has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Gower Champion been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for 42nd Street , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for 42nd Street , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for 42nd Street , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Mack and Mabel , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Mack and Mabel , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for sugar , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sugar , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for The Happy Time , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Happy Time , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for I Do! I Do! , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Carnival , Creative Contribution of the Season (Outer Critics Circle Awards) , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Bye Bye Birdie Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Bye Bye Birdie and Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Lend an Ear .

What awards has Gower Champion won?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for 42nd Street, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for 42nd Street, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sugar, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for The Happy Time, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Happy Time, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Hello, Dolly!, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hello, Dolly!, Creative Contribution of the Season (Outer Critics Circle Awards), Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Bye Bye Birdie Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Bye Bye Birdieand Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Lend an Ear.