Michael Bennett

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  • Staging
  • Producer
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Michael Bennett was an American choreographer, director, and dancer who is considered one of the most important figures in the history of American musical theatre. He was born Michael Bennett DiFiglia on April 8, 1943, in Buffalo, New York, and began his career as a dancer in the 1960s. Bennett's breakthrough came in 1975 with the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line," which he choreographed and directed. The show was a critical and commercial success, and went on to become one of the most beloved and iconic musicals of the 20th century. "A Chorus Line" won nine Tony Awards, including awards for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography. Bennett went on to have a long and successful career in musical theatre, both as a choreographer and director. He worked on a number of notable productions, including "Dreamgirls," "Ballroom," and "Follies." He was known for his innovative choreography, which combined elements of ballet, modern dance, and jazz, and his ability to capture the spirit of contemporary American life. Bennett's work was noted for its honesty, humanity, and emotional power. He frequently explored themes of identity, creativity, and the struggle to find meaning and purpose in life. He was also known for his collaborative approach, and worked closely with writers, composers, and performers to bring their visions to life on stage. Bennett died on July 2, 1987, at the age of 44, from complications related to AIDS. His legacy as a choreographer, director, and visionary artist continues to be celebrated today, and his contributions to the development of American musical theatre are remembered as an important part of the country's cultural heritage.}

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Personal Info

Birth Date: April 8, 1943
Birth Location: Buffalo, NY
Death Date: July 2, 1987
Death Location: Tucson, AZ
Cause of Death: complications from AIDS

Stage & Film

Performance

Bajour
Original Broadway Production (1964)
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  • Dancer
Here's Love
Original Broadway Production (1963)
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  • A Clerk
  • Dancer
Subways Are for Sleeping
Original Broadway Production (1961)
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  • A Delivery Boy
  • Teenager
  • Dancer
West Side Story
Oakdale Musical Theatre Production (1960)
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  • Baby John

Staff & Creative

A Chorus Line
London Revival (2013)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Paper Mill Playhouse Production (2012)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Pittsburgh CLO Production (2012)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
North Shore Music Theatre Production (2010)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Non-Equity Tour (2010)
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  • Director
  • Choreographer
A Chorus Line
National Tour (2008)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Broadway Revival (2006)
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  • Director (original)
  • Choreographer (original)
Dreamgirls
Pittsburgh CLO Production (2004)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Walnut Street Theatre Production (2001)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
Dreamgirls
Berlin Revival (1998)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
Dreamgirls
Touring Revival (1997)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
National Tour (1996)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Paper Mill Playhouse Production (1991)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
15th Anniversary Tour (1989)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
A Chorus Line
Vienna Production (1987)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
Dreamgirls
Broadway Return Engagement (1987)
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  • Director
  • Choreography
A Chorus Line
UK Tour (1987)
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  • Choreographer
  • Director
Chess
Original London Production (1986)
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  • Director (replaced prior to opening)
  • Choreographer (replaced prior to opening)
A Chorus Line
Touring Production (1986)
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  • Original Choreography and Direction
Dreamgirls
2nd National Tour (1985)
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  • Director
  • Choreography
A Chorus Line
Touring Production (1985)
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  • Original Choreography and Direction
Dreamgirls
1st National Tour (1983)
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  • Producer
  • Director
  • Choreography
Dreamgirls
Original Broadway Production (1981)
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  • Producer
  • Director
  • Choreography
Ballroom
Regional Tour (1979)
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  • Original Choreography
A Chorus Line
Hawaiian Production (1979)
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  • Director/Choreographer (original)
Ballroom
Original Broadway Production (1978)
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  • Producer
  • Director and Choreographer
A Chorus Line
Australian Production (1977)
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  • Director
  • Choreographer
A Chorus Line
London Production (1976)
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  • Director and Choreographer
A Chorus Line
National Tour (1976)
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  • Director and Choreographer
A Chorus Line
International Tour (1976)
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  • Director and Choreographer
A Chorus Line
Broadway Production (1975)
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  • Director and Choreographer
A Chorus Line
Original Off-Broadway Production (1975)
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  • Director and Choreographer
A Chorus Line
Workshop (1975)
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  • Director/Choreographer
A Chorus Line
Workshop (1974)
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  • Director/Choreographer
Seesaw
National Tour (1974)
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  • Director and Choreographer
Seesaw
Original Broadway Production (1973)
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  • Director
  • Co-Choreographer
Follies
National Tour (1972)
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  • Co-Director
  • Choreography
Company
London Production (1972)
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  • Musical Numbers Staging
Promises, Promises
Second National Tour (1971)
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  • Musical Numbers Staging
Promises, Promises
Bus and Truck Tour (1971)
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  • Original Musical Staging and Choreography
Company
National Tour (1971)
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  • Musical Numbers Staging
Follies
Original Broadway Production (1971)
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  • Choreography
  • Director
Coco
National Tour (1971)
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  • Musical Numbers and Fashion Sequences (Staging)
Promises, Promises
First National Tour (1970)
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  • Musical Staging
Company
Original Broadway Production (1970)
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  • Musical Numbers Staging
Coco
Original Broadway Production (1969)
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  • Musical Numbers & Fashion Sequences
  • Additional Direction [uncredited]
Promises, Promises
London Production (1969)
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  • Musical Numbers Staging
Promises, Promises
Original Broadway Production (1968)
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  • Musical Staging
How Now, Dow Jones
Original Broadway Production (1967)
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  • Choreography and Musical Staging [uncredited]
Henry, Sweet Henry
Original Broadway Production (1967)
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  • Choreography
A Joyful Noise
Original Broadway Production (1966)
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  • Choreography
West Side Story
Regional Tour (1965)
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  • Choreographer

Commercial Audio

Performance

Bajour
Original Broadway Cast (1964)
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  • Dancer
Here's Love
Original Broadway Cast (1963)
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  • Clerk
  • Dancer
Subways Are for Sleeping
Original Broadway Cast (1961)
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  • A Delivery Boy
  • Teenager

Private Audio

Staff & Creative

Coco
National Tour Cast (1971)
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  • Choreographer

Writing

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  • Book

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From ChatGPT

Michael Bennett was an American choreographer, director, and dancer who is considered one of the most important figures in the history of American musical theatre. He was born Michael Bennett DiFiglia on April 8, 1943, in Buffalo, New York, and began his career as a dancer in the 1960s. Bennett's breakthrough came in 1975 with the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line," which he choreographed and directed. The show was a critical and commercial success, and went on to become one of the most beloved and iconic musicals of the 20th century. "A Chorus Line" won nine Tony Awards, including awards for Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography. Bennett went on to have a long and successful career in musical theatre, both as a choreographer and director. He worked on a number of notable productions, including "Dreamgirls," "Ballroom," and "Follies." He was known for his innovative choreography, which combined elements of ballet, modern dance, and jazz, and his ability to capture the spirit of contemporary American life. Bennett's work was noted for its honesty, humanity, and emotional power. He frequently explored themes of identity, creativity, and the struggle to find meaning and purpose in life. He was also known for his collaborative approach, and worked closely with writers, composers, and performers to bring their visions to life on stage. Bennett died on July 2, 1987, at the age of 44, from complications related to AIDS. His legacy as a choreographer, director, and visionary artist continues to be celebrated today, and his contributions to the development of American musical theatre are remembered as an important part of the country's cultural heritage.}

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Personal Info

Birth Date: April 8, 1943
Birth Location: Buffalo, NY
Death Date: July 2, 1987
Death Location: Tucson, AZ
Cause of Death: complications from AIDS

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