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Onna White

(1922—2005)

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Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie  

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Generally regarded as the first Broadway musical to reflect the rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon of the 50s, Bye Bye Birdie opened in New York at the Martin Beck Theatre on ...
Finian's Rainbow

Finian's Rainbow  

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Conceived by E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg, this stage musical opened on Broadway on 10 January 1947. With book by Harburg and Fred Saidy, music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Harburg ...
Gigi

Gigi  

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The golden era of MGM film musicals was drawing to a close when this most delightful of films was released in 1958. The original story, by the French novelist Colette ...
Great Waltz

Great Waltz  

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In a Broadway season that was dominated by the all-American, smart and sophisticated Anything Goes, one of the most spectacular and elaborate stage productions of the 30s, The Great Waltz ...
Half a Sixpence

Half a Sixpence  

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(Broadhurst Theatre 1965). A British import with a very English story and a music hall-like score, the happy musical comedy was one of the few West End products that decade ...
Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel  

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(NBC-TV 1958). The familiar fairy tale classic was given a very musical treatment with star performers and lots of dancing, opening up the tale to include the whole village in ...
Mame

Mame  

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Broadway legend Mary Martin was the producers’ first choice for the lead in this musical, but she was living in Brazil at the time, and turned the opportunity down. Composer ...
Music Man

Music Man  

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Despite studio chief Jack Warner’s reported efforts to get a male superstar such as Cary Grant to play the lead, Robert Preston was eventually invited to recreate his magnificent Broadway ...
Oliver

Oliver  

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Soon after it opened at the New Theatre in London on 30 June 1960, Oliver! was an instant success, winning rave reviews and ecstatic audiences. With book, music and lyrics ...
Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon  

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(Disney 1977). A large, lumbering musical with plenty of stars, songs, and scenery, the movie was overproduced and not as much fun as it should have been, yet there were ...
White, Onna

White, Onna (1922–2005)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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Performing arts, Theatre
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62 words

The Nova Scotia–born dancer performed in several musicals before creating the choreography for a 1955 revival of Guys and Dolls

White, Onna

White, Onna (1922–2005)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
Length:
239 words

(1922–2005).

Stage and film choreographer. A highly respected choreographer on Broadway and in Hollywood, she had plenty

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