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Bob Avian Musical Staging

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Bob Avian began his professional career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows including WEST SIDE STORY, FUNNY GIRL and HENRY, SWEET HENRY. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and assistant director on productions including PROMISES, PROMISES, COCO and COMPANY. In 1976 he received his first Tony Award as co-choreographer of A CHORUS LINE and won his next Tony Award for co-choreographing BALLROOM as well as serving as producer. He was also a lead producer on the original and national companies of DREAMGIRLS, the acclaimed musical which won six Tony Awards. He next choreographed the London premiere of FOLLIES and then created the musical staging for MISS SAIGON, both for producer Cameron Macintosh. He did the musical staging for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SUNSET BOULEVARD both in London and on Broadway, receiving his sixth Tony nomination. Next came the Boublil and Schonberg musical MARTIN GUERRE in London for which he received the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Choreography. Bob also choreographed Stephen Sondheim’s PUTTING IT TOGETHER off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club starring Julie Andrews and then on Broadway starring Carol Burnett. Returning to London, he choreographed THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK in the West End starring Ian McShane. He came back to Broadway where he directed the 2006 hit revival of A CHORUS LINE and starred in the documentary “Every Little Step” which followed the audition process of that production. He also directed the London revival of A CHORUS LINE at the Palladium in 2013 followed by productions at the Hollywood Bowl and New York’s City Center in 2018. In 2020, his memoir “Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey” was published by University Press of Mississippi.