NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Avian, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a task in a few of the most beloved and influential reveals on Broadway, together with “Dreamgirls,” “A Refrain Line,” “Follies” and “Miss Saigon,” has died. He was 83.
Avian died Thursday of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mentioned Matt Polk, head of the theatrical publicity agency Polk & Co.
Tony-winner Tony Yazbeck on Twitter known as Avian “a candy and sort spirit who generously gave his artistic abilities to legendary works.” Marvin Hamlisch mentioned: “His legacy will dwell on stage for years to come back.”
Avian rose from a dancer in “West Aspect Story” and “Humorous Lady” to work alongside such theater luminaries as Michael Bennett, Cameron Macintosh, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It was with Bennett that Avian loved an extended skilled partnership, working as affiliate choreographer or assistant director on such Bennett-choreographed productions as “A Refrain Line,” “Guarantees, Guarantees,” “Coco,” “Firm,” “Follies, “Seesaw” and “God’s Favourite.”
“For somebody so gifted, he remained remarkably modest about his personal achievements on so many landmark musicals,” mentioned Cameron Waterproof coat in a press release. “He facilitated the genius of Michael Bennett and with each little step he took taught me extra concerning the artwork of staging a contemporary musical than nearly anybody else I’ve met. It was a privilege to have been his good friend and colleague for over 35 years.”