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Michael Bennett memorial service [videorecording].

Title
Michael Bennett memorial service [videorecording].
Publication
New York, 1987.

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Description
1 videodisc (DVD) (78 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Series Statement
Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Subjects
Genre/Form
Video.
Note
  • Title from original container. Credits from tape contents.
  • Sound quality is sometimes faint.
  • This video separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
Access (note)
  • Restricted to qualified researchers.
Event (note)
  • Videotaped at the Shubert Theater, New York, N.Y., on October 9, 1987.
Biography (note)
  • Born Michael Bennett Di Figlia in Buffalo, New York Michael Bennett (1943-1987) was a child prodigy of dance. He dropped out of high school at 15 to join the touring company of Jerome Robbins' West Side story. He made his Broadway debut as a dancer in Subways are for sleeping (1961) but soon recognized his facility for choreography. Bennett's first solo assignments as choreographer were A joyful noise (1966) and Henry, sweet Henry (1967). His first big hit was Promises, promises (1968). Working with Harold Prince on Stephen Sondheim's Company (1970) and Follies (1971), Bennett realized that he wanted to be a director, and got his chance when he was called in to rework the show Seesaw (1973). A chorus line (1975), grew out of Bennett's idea to create a show about the lives of dancers, based on their experiences. After a few months at the Public Theater, A chorus line moved to Broadway where it remained at the Shubert Theater for the 15 years. Indirectly, Bennett's greatest act of beneficence was to provide the New York Shakespeare Festival with the bulk of its income for many years. As one of the producers of A chorus line, the Public Theater earned approximately $38 million from the long-running production.
Contents
Performances: What I did for love (A chorus line) / Marvin Hamlisch -- It's so hard to say goodbye (Dreamgirls) / The Dreams -- Sunday in the park with George / Stephen Sondheim -- Only one life (A children's crusade) / Jimmy Webb -- One (Reprise) (A chorus line) / performed by cast members.
Call Number
NCOV 5038
Title
Michael Bennett memorial service [videorecording].
Imprint
New York, 1987.
Series
Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Access
Restricted to qualified researchers.
Performer
Speakers: Bob Avian, Tharon Musser, Marvin Kraus, Frank Di Figilia, John F. Breglio, Jack Lenny, Donna McKechnie, Liz Smith and Joseph Papp.
Event
Videotaped at the Shubert Theater, New York, N.Y., on October 9, 1987.
Summary
Memorial service for producer, director, choreographer and dancer Michael Bennett three months after his death on July 2, 1987. Consists of reminiscences about him by friends, family members and colleagues, performances from shows he created and discussion of Bennett's death from complications from AIDS at age 44.
Biography
Born Michael Bennett Di Figlia in Buffalo, New York Michael Bennett (1943-1987) was a child prodigy of dance. He dropped out of high school at 15 to join the touring company of Jerome Robbins' West Side story. He made his Broadway debut as a dancer in Subways are for sleeping (1961) but soon recognized his facility for choreography. Bennett's first solo assignments as choreographer were A joyful noise (1966) and Henry, sweet Henry (1967). His first big hit was Promises, promises (1968). Working with Harold Prince on Stephen Sondheim's Company (1970) and Follies (1971), Bennett realized that he wanted to be a director, and got his chance when he was called in to rework the show Seesaw (1973). A chorus line (1975), grew out of Bennett's idea to create a show about the lives of dancers, based on their experiences. After a few months at the Public Theater, A chorus line moved to Broadway where it remained at the Shubert Theater for the 15 years. Indirectly, Bennett's greatest act of beneficence was to provide the New York Shakespeare Festival with the bulk of its income for many years. As one of the producers of A chorus line, the Public Theater earned approximately $38 million from the long-running production.
Local Subject
Tributes.
Added Author
Papp, Joseph, interviewee.
Avian, Bob, speaker.
Musser, Tharon, speaker.
Kraus, Marvin, speaker.
Di Figlia, Frank, speaker.
Breglio, John, speaker.
Lenny, Jack, speaker.
McKechnie, Donna, speaker.
Smith, Liz, 1923-2017, speaker.
Papp, Joseph, speaker.
Hamlisch, Marvin, performer.
Sondheim, Stephen, performer.
Webb, Jimmy, performer.
The Dreams (Musical group)
Shubert Organization.
Added Title
Gift of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Research Call Number
NCOV 5038
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