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Michael Bennett

 
Date of Birth: April 08, 1943
Date of Death: July 02, 1987 (44)

Birth Place: Buffalo, NY, USA

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1963
Clerk
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
A Delivery Boy
Dancer
Teenager

Productions

 
[US Tour, 2010]
Choreographer
Director
 
[US Tour, 2008]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Choreographer
Director
 
[West End, 1986] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 1985]
Choreographer
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1983]
Director
 
[US Tour, 1983]
Choreographer
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Director
Producer
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Director
Producer
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1976]
Choreographer
Director
 
[US Tour, 1976]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1974]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Director
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1972]
Choreographer
Director
 
[West End, 1972]
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1971]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1971]
Director
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1970]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1969]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1969]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1967]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1962]
Assistant to the Choreographer

Writing

Conceiver
Bookwriter

Photos

Baayork Lee and Michael Bennett preparing for Chorus Line's record breaking performan Photo

Baayork Lee and Michael Bennett preparing for Chorus Line's record breaking performance

From: 
Date:
08/26/2021
Theatre Marquee for Dorothy Loudon starring in a Michael Bennett production of BALLRO Photo

Theatre Marquee for Dorothy Loudon starring in a Michael Bennett production of BALLROOM with Vincent Gardenia at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. 1979

From: 
Date:
12/09/2019
Jennifer Holiday and Michael Bennett photographed together at the 1984 Tony Awards.  Photo

Jennifer Holiday and Michael Bennett photographed together at the 1984 Tony Awards.

From: 
Date:
05/23/2012

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Dancer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1963
Clerk

Dancer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
A Delivery Boy

Dancer

Teenager

Productions

[US Tour, 2010]
Choreographer

Director

[US Tour, 2008]
Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 1987]
Choreographer

Director

[West End, 1986] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[US Tour, 1985]
Choreographer

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1983]
Director

[US Tour, 1983]
Choreographer

Director

Producer

[Broadway, 1981]
Director

Producer

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1978]
Director

Producer

Choreographer

[West End, 1976]
Choreographer

Director

[US Tour, 1976]
Director

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1975]
Director

Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 1975]
Director

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1974]
Director

[Broadway, 1973]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1973]
Director

Choreographer

[US Tour, 1972]
Choreographer

Director

[West End, 1972]
Choreographer

[US Tour, 1971]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1971]
Director

Choreographer

[Broadway, 1970]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1969]
Choreographer

[West End, 1969]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1968]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1967]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1966]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1962]
Assistant to the Choreographer

Writing
Conceiver
Bookwriter

Michael Bennett Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Special Awards Gold Star
Michael Bennett
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Special Awards Gold Star
Michael Bennett
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Michael BennettThird Street
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Bennett, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennett, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Bennett, Dreamgirls
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Musical
Michael Bennett, Dreamgirls
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1979 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennett, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennett, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Bennett, Ballroom
 
Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Musical
Michael Bennett, Ballroom
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line
 
Olivier Awards - 1976 - Musical of the Year Gold Star
Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1976 - Special Awards Gold Star
Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 1976 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennet, A Chorus Line
 
Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Book of a Musical
Michael Bennett, Seesaw
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennett , Seesaw
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Bennett, Seesaw
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1973 - Best Musical
Michael Bennett, Seesaw
 
Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennet , Follies
 
Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Michael Bennett , Follies
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Michael Bennett, Follies
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1971 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Michael Bennett, Follies
 
Tony Awards - 1971 - Best Choreography
Michael Bennett, Company
 
Tony Awards - 1969 - Best Choreography
Michael Bennett, Promises, Promises
 
Tony Awards - 1968 - Best Choreography
Michael Bennett, Henry, Sweet Henry
 
Tony Awards - 1967 - Best Choreography
Michael Bennett, A Joyful Noise

Michael Bennett News

Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Hawthorne Players At The Florissant Civic Center Theatre Photo Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Hawthorne Players At The Florissant Civic Center Theatre
by James Lindhorst - Jul 30, 2022

This production of A CHORUS LINE, directed by Mark Lull, is a nod to the original staging and his vision effectively tells the emotional stories of dancers auditioning for a role in the chorus of a show. Kimberly Klick attempts to recreate Michael Bennett and Bob Avian’s choreography from the 1975 production on a small civic center stage. Her choreography is reminiscent enough to satisfy even the biggest of A CHORUS LINE fan. Lull, Klick and the cast do an admirable job with the material and this production is surprisingly delightful for a community theater production.

Interview: Jim Caruso of CAST PARTY at Crooners Supper Club Photo Interview: Jim Caruso of CAST PARTY at Crooners Supper Club
by Jared Fessler - Jul 24, 2022

This event takes place on July 24th

Complete Cast & Creative Announced for World Premiere of GODDESS, Starring Amber Iman Photo Complete Cast & Creative Announced for World Premiere of GODDESS, Starring Amber Iman & More at Berkeley Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 21, 2022

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere musical, Goddess. The musical stage production is conceived and directed by Saheem Ali, music and lyrics by Michael Thurber, and written by Jocelyn Bioh. Previews begin Saturday, August 13, and the show runs through Sunday, September 25.

20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List Photo 20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List
by Team BWW - Jun 25, 2022

Summer is here at last and there is no better time to have fun in the sun with a new read! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind.

Original Cast Member Baayork Lee to Direct A CHORUS LINE Tokyo Engagement Photo Original Cast Member Baayork Lee to Direct A CHORUS LINE Tokyo Engagement
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 22, 2022

Following its successful 2018 Tokyo engagement, Big League Productions, Inc. will once again showcase its 'singular sensation' for Japanese audiences, this time at the prestigious Orchard Hall. 

One Singular Sensation: A CHORUS LINE Opens At Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Photo One Singular Sensation: A CHORUS LINE Opens At Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 17, 2022

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens the iconic Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line. The show previews June 22 & 23, opens June 24 and will run through July 10 at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre to Present A CHORUS LINE Photo The Mac-Haydn Theatre to Present A CHORUS LINE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022

The Mac-Haydn Theatre will present A CHORUS LINE from June 23 through July 3, 2022, kicking off their 53rd season in Chatham.

The New London Barn Playhouse Begins Its 90th Season With A CHORUS LINE Photo The New London Barn Playhouse Begins Its 90th Season With A CHORUS LINE
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 15, 2022

5, 6, 7, 8- it's a Broadway audition and you can't be late! The New London Barn Playhouse invites you to grab your dance shoes and listen to the stories of seventeen aspiring dancers in A Chorus Line, running June 15th-June 26th at 7:30PM with Wednesday matinee performances at 2:00PM and Sunday performances at 5:00PM.

BWW Exclusive: Larry Blank Tributes Mentor & Friend Donald Pippin Photo BWW Exclusive: Larry Blank Tributes Mentor & Friend Donald Pippin
by Larry Blank - Jun 14, 2022

Larry Blank writes a touching tribute to his longtime friend, Don Pippin, who passed away last week a the age of 95 years old.

Listen: Jerry Mitchell Discusses Tony Wins & Losses on WHY I'LL NEVER MAKE IT Podcast Photo Listen: Jerry Mitchell Discusses Tony Wins & Losses on WHY I'LL NEVER MAKE IT Podcast
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 6, 2022

Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) has been nominated eight times at the Tony Awards as well as the Drama Desk Awards, both in the categories of direction and choreography. He joins host Patrick Oliver Jones to discuss the losses and what he's learned from them. Listen to the episode now!

Michael Bennett Videos

VIDEO: Stephen Sondheim Sings 'Move On' At Michael Bennett's Memorial VideoVIDEO: Stephen Sondheim Sings 'Move On' At Michael Bennett's Memorial
by Robert Diamond - Nov 27, 2021

On July 27th 1987 at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, the theater community gathered to say goodbye to the great Michael Bennett. At this service, Stephen Sondheim sang a very emotional version of 'Move On' from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

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.

Broadway Rewind: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? VideoBroadway Rewind: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is here and it's turkey lurkey time! Or is it?

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??

BWW TV: Michael Riedel Talks A CHORUS LINE, Michael Bennett and More for BroadwayWorl VideoBWW TV: Michael Riedel Talks A CHORUS LINE, Michael Bennett and More for BroadwayWorld Book Club
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 6, 2020

Calling all theater nerds, book lovers, history buffs and everyone in between! BroadwayWorld is presenting its next selection for BroadwayWorld Book Club, and if you've ever wanted to take a deep dive into the rich history of that subject we like most (we're talking Broadway, of course), you've come to the right place!

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.

BWW Exclusive: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? VideoBWW Exclusive: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2019

In 1968, Promises, Promises, a musical based on the 1960 film The Apartment, premiered on Broadway. Featuring music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and a book by Neil Simon, the show features enduring classics like 'Say a Little Prayer,' 'A House Is Not a Home' and 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again,' but none left such a legacy (especially at this time of year) as 'Turkey Lurkey Time.' Featuring the unforgettable choreography of Michael Bennett, and danced originally by Donna McKechnie, Baayork Lee and Julane Stites, the song has undoubtedly become a beloved classic of the musical theatre holiday cannon... but which holiday?

VIDEO: Get A First Look At 42ND STREET At The Ordway Center For The Performing Arts VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At 42ND STREET At The Ordway Center For The Performing Arts
by Alan Henry - Aug 1, 2019

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to present the Ordway Original production of '42nd Street' which began performances on July 23 and continues for 24 performances through Aug. 11. Get a first look at the production!

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.


Michael Bennett Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Michael Bennett been in?
Michael Bennett has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Michael Bennett been in?
Michael Bennett has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Michael Bennett been nominated for?
Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) , Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards) , Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Third Street , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Dreamgirls , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Ballroom , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Ballroom , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Ballroom , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Ballroom , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line , Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for A Chorus Line , Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Chorus Line , The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for A Chorus Line , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Seesaw , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Seesaw , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Seesaw , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Seesaw , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Follies , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Follies , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies , Outstanding Director (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Company , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Promises, Promises Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Henry, Sweet Henry and Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for A Joyful Noise .

What awards has Michael Bennett won?
Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards), Special Awards (Drama Desk Awards), Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Dreamgirls, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Ballroom, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Ballroom, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line, Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line, Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for A Chorus Line, Special Awards (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Chorus Line, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for A Chorus Line , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for A Chorus Line, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Seesaw, Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Follies, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Follies Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Folliesand Outstanding Director (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies.

How many shows has Michael Bennett written?
Michael Bennett has written 2 shows including Seesaw (Bookwriter), A Chorus Line (Conceiver).