Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian poses in front of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, home of the revival of " A Chorus Line," in New York. Avian died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, He was 83. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada, File)NEW YORK – Bob Avian, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a role in some of the most beloved and influential shows on Broadway, including “Dreamgirls,” “A Chorus Line,” “Follies” and “Miss Saigon,” has died. Avian earned six Tony nominations and won twice, for choreographing “Ballroom” and co-choreographing “A Chorus Line.” He won an Oliver Award for choreographing Boublil and Schonberg's musical “Martin Guerre” in London. Avian's association with “A Chorus Line” continued when he directed the 2006 revival on Broadway and the London revival at the Palladium in 2013.
City Rep Theatre is Playing Neil Simons Song in Bow to Broadway Romance
At first blush, seeing City Repertory Theater stage a Neil Simon play might seem akin to shock rocker Marilyn Manson remember him? The 1978 musical or, as Sbordone prefers it, the play with music is a semi-biographical account of the real-life romance and songwriting partnership of Hamlisch and Sager. So, when local attorney and stage veteran Lloyd Bowers, who has an undergraduate theater degree from the University of Virginia, suggested City Rep should stage Theyre Playing Our Song, Sbordone naturally said yes. Its just really fun and this play has been a challenge.Neither is the play anachronistic, Young says: Theres a lot to relate to now. Performances are at CRTs venue in City Market Place, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite B207, Palm Coast.flaglerlive.com
On this day: August 6
2012: Composer, conductor and pianist Marvin Hamlisch dies at age 68 in Los Angeles, California, following a short illness, primarily due to respiratory arrest caused by a combination of anoxic brain encephalopathy and hypertension. Hamlisch was one of only 11 EGOTs -- those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. He was also one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (the other being Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch also won two Golden Globes. He composed the score for the 1975 Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" and some of the movies he scored include "The Sting," "The Way We Were," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Ordinary People" and "Sophie's Choice."