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Chita Rivera

(b. 1933)

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Alyn Ainsworth

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 24 August 1924, Bolton, Lancashire, England, d. 4 October 1990, London, England. A highly respected musical director and arranger for records, television and the West End stage,...

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Ben Bagley

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(1933–1998).

Stage producer. One of the most colorful musical producers on the Off Broadway scene in the 1950s and 1960s, he excelled in small and witty revues. Bagley left his ...

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Bye Bye Birdie

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Generally regarded as the first Broadway musical to reflect the rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon of the 50s, Bye Bye Birdie opened in New York at the Martin Beck Theatre on ...

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Can-Can

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

This popular, but uninspired screen version of Cole Porter’s smash hit Broadway musical was released by 20th Century-Fox in 1960. The all-star cast included Frank Sinatra as a lawyer who ...

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Charles Strouse

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b New York, 7 June 1928).

American composer. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and later with Nadia Boulanger and Aaron Copland. The musical Bye Bye, Birdie (1960 ...

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Chicago

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s book for this ‘Musical Vaudeville’, which opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on 3 June 1975, was based on a play by Maurine ...

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Gwen Verdon

Overview page. Subjects: Performing Arts — Music.

(b Culver City, Calif., 13 Jan. 1925; d 18 Oct. 2000)

US dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She studied ballet, Spanish dance, and East Indian dance (with La Meri) before...

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Jerry Orbach

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(1935–2004).

Stage, television, and film performer. The likable, durable leading man of musicals and comedies, he became known to most Americans late in his career for his dramatic...

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John Kander

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Kansas City, MO, 18 March 1927).

American composer. He studied music at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and worked as a vocal accompanist. In 1962 he began...

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

‘And the curtain will shake, and the fire will hiss, here comes her kiss’ - read the cobwebbed publicity handouts prior to the show’s debut at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre on ...

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