Bennett, Michael

Bennett, Michael

Bennett, Michael, 1943–87, American dancer and choreographer, b. Buffalo, N.Y. He appeared in West Side Story and Subways Are for Sleeping. During the 1970s, he was one of the most successful directors and choreographers of Broadway musicals. His credits include Promises, Promises (1968), Coco (1969), and Follies (1971). In A Chorus Line (1975), one of the most successful musicals in history, the song-and-dance elements of the show are so interwoven with the plot as to be inseparable.


See K. Mandelbaum, A Chorus Line and the Musicals of Michael Bennet (1989).

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Bennett, Michael (b. Michael Bennett Di Figlia)

(1943–87) dancer, choreographer, stage director/producer; born in Buffalo, N.Y. By age three he was dancing at a dance school in Buffalo; by age 12 he had mastered all forms of dance; at 16 he dropped out of school to join the chorus of a touring company of West Side Story and toured Europe for a year. Back in New York City, he danced in choruses until emerging as a choreographer, his first show being A Joyful Noise (1966); his first real hit (with eight Tony Awards) was Promises, Promises (1968), and he went on to choreograph Company (1970) and Follies (1971). By this time his reputation was such that he was often called in as a "show doctor" to save struggling productions. Working with a group of so-called "gypsies," chorus dancers, he conceived of a show that would be based on their lives and careers; this became Chorus Line, which opened in 1975 and went on to become Broadway's longest running musical. He was hailed as having "reinvented" the American musical, and although some would claim he had tendency to take credit as well as control, he was undeniably an influential choreographer. With some of his profits from the many productions of Chorus Line around the world, he bought (1977) an 8-story building on lower Broadway where he established offices and rehearsal spaces that he rented to other dance companies. (He sold the building in 1986.) He had another hit with Dreamgirls (1981) but in 1985 he suddenly abandoned a new musical, Scandal, and two years later he died of AIDS.
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The nine are Freya Hannan-Mills, Katherine Rutherford, Luke Croker, Thomas Goodwin, Amy Bennett, Michael Aldag, Alice Langan, Niamh Foy and Izza Majeed.
Great strides have been made since those horrible days of the 80s when Cyril Regis, Brendon Batson, Laurie Cunningham, Noel Blake, Dave Bennett, Michael Johnson and many others suffered horrific racist abuse on a weekly basis.
Among contemporary writers, she has acted in plays by Alan Acykbourn, Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn and Tom Stoppard.
Murton conceded four times in 11 minutes to Joe Bennett, Michael Woodhouse, Swann and Lewis Wood.
Kirk Bassett, Javan Bennett, Michael Bennett, Makena Blacquiere, Mariah Bloom, Reilly Bloomer, Amanda Boechler, Margaux Boehm, Denzel Bolden, Laura Branchaud, Casey Brandon, Lu Bridges, Gabriel C.
THE STAG (15) Starring: Andrew Scott, Hugh O'Conor, Peter McDonald, Brian Gleeson, Andrew Bennett, Michael Legge, Amy Huberman.
His two CDs have received extensive radio airplay in major markets across the US and both CDs were included on the Nominating Ballot for the 2006 Grammy Awards in the category of "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" alongside such artists as Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, and John Pizzarelli.
The "Lilyhammer" screening drew Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Michael Shannon and Harvey Weinstein.
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Male vocals are drawn from the libraries of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Bobby Darren, Dean Martin and Matt Monro and from their female vocalist comes a range of songs from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Shirley Bassey and many others.
Players include Josh Cooke, Sam Wightman, Ryan Goodman, Josh Hughes, Callum Burston, Jacob Bourne, Luke Hibberd, Cameron Nunn, Jon-Joe McGarrity, Ryan Harris, Ben Covill, Joel Bennett, Michael Meighan, Tom Mourant, Connor Coldwell, Jack Babington.
(Back row from left): Jonathan Thomas, Alun-Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Ian Gough, (second row): Huw Bennett, Michael Phillips, Jamie Roberts, Lee Byrne, Alix Popham, Martyn Williams, (third row): Adam Jones, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Rhys Thomas, James Hook, Gethin Jenkins, Gareth Delve, Gavin Henson, Matthew Rees, Duncan Jones, Mark Jones.