Gower Champion


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(b Geneva, Ill., 22 Jun. 1920 (some sources say 1919); d New York, 25 Aug. 1980)

US dancer, choreographer, and director. Famed for his dance partnership with Marge Champion (also his wife), he choreographed his first musical in 1948 (Lend an Ear), which launched his career on Broadway and in Hollywood. His musical shows include Bye Bye Birdie (1960), Carnival (1961), Hello Dolly (1964), I Do! I Do! (1966), The Happy Time (1968), Mack and Mabel (1974), and 42nd Street (1980). He was one of Broadway's leading director-choreographers.

Subjects: Music — Theatre.

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