Michael Bennett Biography (1943-)
Born Michael Bennett DeFiglia, April 8, 1943, in Buffalo, NY; died of AIDS-related lymphoma in Tucson, AZ, July 2, 1987; son of Salvatore Joseph (a factory worker) and Helen (a secretary; maiden name, Ternoff) DeFiglia; married Donna McKechnie (a dancer and actress), December, 1976 (divorced, 1977).
- Birth Details
- April 8, 1943
- Buffalo, New York, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Baby John, West Side Story, touring production, 1959.
- PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES; ALL AS CHORUS PERFORMER,IN NEW YORKCITY Subways Are for Sleeping, St. James Theatre, 1961.
- Here's Love, Shubert Theatre, 1963.
- Bajour, Shubert Theatre, 1964.
- FIRST NEW YORK STAGE WORK--Choreograper, A Joyful Noise, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1966.
- Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK; ALL IN NEW YORK CITY UNLESS INDICATED
- Choreographer, Henry, Sweet Henry, Palace Theatre, 1968.
- choreographer, Promises, Promises, Shubert Theatre, 1968.
- choreographer, Coco, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1969.
- choreographer, Company, Alvin Theatre, 1970, then Her Majesty's Theatre,London, 1972.
- co-director (with Harold Prince), choreographer, Follies, Winter Garden Theatre, 1971.
- producer, director, Twigs, Broadhurst Theatre, 1971.
- director, choreographer, Seesaw, Uris Theatre, 1973.
- director, God's Favorite, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1974.
- director, co-choreographer (with Bob Avian), A Chorus Line, Newman Theatre, then Shubert Theatre, both 1975, later Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1976.
- producer, director, co-choreographer (with Bob Avian), Ballroom, MajesticTheatre, 1978.
- producer, director, co-choreographer (with Michael Peters), Dreamgirls, Imperial Theatre, 1981.
- Also contributed work to By Jupiter, Theatre Four, 1967; How Now, Dow Jones, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1967; Your Own Thing, Orpheum Theatre, 1968.
- Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Baby John, West Side Story, U.S. cities, 1959, then European cities, 1960.
- Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK; ALL AS CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER EPISODIC
- Hullabaloo, NBC.
- The Dean Martin Show, NBC.
- Hollywood Palace, ABC.
- The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS.
- Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK
- Choreographer, What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, Universal, 1968.
- Writings;PLAYS; SEE PRODUCTION DETAILS ABOVE
- Reworked book for Seesaw; also credited with original conception of A Chorus Line.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- Variety, July 8, 1987.