Bob Avian passed away on January 21, a true Broadway great was lost to us. And yet, probably even to many theater fans, his name doesn't really ring a bell. In a career that spanned nearly 60 years, he did it all: he was a performer, production assistant, director and producer. But it was his work as a choreographer/musical stager that was really what made his name.
Broadway Who's Who:
|Bob Avian & Michael Bennett|
1979 Tony Awards - Ballroom
Following, Bennett's death, Avian continued staging such musicals as Miss Saigon (London and Broadway, and the revival), Putting It Together, and the original London and Broadway productions of Sunset Boulevard. He also directed the hit revival of A Chorus Line in 2006.
Did You Know?...
- Born: December 26, 1937
- Died: January 21, 2021
- Birthplace: New York City
- Broadway Acting Credits: West Side Story, Nowhere To Go But Up, Funny Girl, Henry, Sweet Henry, Cafe Crown, Coco
- Broadway Production Credits: Assistant Stage Manager: I Do, I Do; Production Assistant: Twigs; Producer: Ballroom, Dreamgirls; Assistant Director: God's Favorite
- Broadway Choreography Credits: Associate/Assistant: Promises, Promises, Coco, Company, Follies, Seesaw; Co-choreographer: A Chorus Line, Ballroom, Musical Staging: Miss Saigon (Broadway and revival), Sunset Boulevard, Putting It Together; Director: A Chorus Line (revival)
- London Credits: Choreographer: Follies, Martin Guerre, The Witches of Eastwick, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard
- Awards: Tony Awards: A Chorus Line and Ballroom; Tony Nominations: Ballroom and Dreamgirls (as producer); Olivier Award: Martin Guerre
⭐- 1976 Tony Award for Best Choreography: A Chorus Line
⭐- 1979 Tony Award for Best Choreography: Ballroom
⭐- 1979 Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical: Ballroom
⭐- 1982 Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical: Dreamgirls
⭐- 1991 Tony Award Nominee for Best Choreography: Miss Saigon
⭐- 1995 Tony Award Nominee for Best Choreography: Sunset Boulevard
⭐- 1997 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography: Martin Guerre