I'm starting a new theme on great choreographers of
Broadway and movie musicals. For the next few posts,
I'll profile some of the greatest and most influential
choreographers who have worked on both Broadway and in
film musicals. Some of the choreographers I'll write
about are Agnes de Mille, Michael Kidd, Onna White, Bob
Fosse, and Jerome Robbins.
born into a well-known and respected film industry
family. Her uncle was the successful director, Cecil
B. de Mille and her father was also a film director.
De Mille started to study ballet as a child but she
didn't seem to have a natural ability for classical
ballet. On her own, she studied the acting of stars
in her father's films and, by the age of 11, was
cast in a film. [read more ...]
Although Michael Kidd
probably best known for his choreography of the film
musical "Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers,"
he had a very successful career as a Broadway
choreographer both before and after the film.
However, it was the gymnastic character of the
dances in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" that
influenced future movie choreograpy. [read more ...]
choreographer of numerous Broadway musicals and the
movie version of "Oliver!," introduced large street
scene choreography to the big screen. She created
lively dances that involved large numbers of dancers
in natural environments. Her work on "Oliver!" in
1968 earned her a special Academy Award. [read more ...]