Michael Kidd


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(b Brooklyn, NY, 12 Aug. 1919; d Los Angeles, 23 Dec. 2007)

US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the School of American Ballet with Vilzak and Schollar and made his debut in the musical The Eternal Road (1937). He danced with American Ballet and Ballet Caravan (1937–40), with Loring's Dance Players (1941–2) and finally with Ballet Theatre (1942–7) where he created a role in Robbins's Interplay (1945) and also choreographed the ballet On Stage! (mus. Dello Joio, 1945). After retiring from ballet he became a successful choreographer for Broadway and Hollywood, working on Finian's Rainbow (1947), Guys and Dolls (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Destry Rides Again (1959), and Hello Dolly! (1969 film version) among others. He also choreographed the television special Baryshnikov in Hollywood (1982).

Subjects: Performing Arts — Music.

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