Gower Champion

Director, Performer, Choreographer
( b. Jun 22, 1919 Geneva, Illinois, USA - d. Aug 25, 1980 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Relations:Husband of Marge Champion (1947-1973) divorced
Husband of Karla Russell Champion (1976 - 1980) his death
Died on the day of the original 42nd Street's opening night.  

Broadway Production Credits

Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Apr 20, 2017 - Aug 25, 2018
Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion

42nd Street
Musical, Comedy, Revival
May 02, 2001 - Jan 02, 2005
Original direction and dances by Gower Champion

Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Oct 19, 1995 - Jan 28, 1996
Original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion

42nd Street
Musical, Comedy, Original
Aug 25, 1980 - Jan 08, 1989
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

A Broadway Musical
Musical, Original
Dec 21, 1978 - Dec 21, 1978
Production Supervised by Gower Champion

Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Mar 05, 1978 - Jul 09, 1978
Original production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion

The Act
Musical, Original
Oct 29, 1977 - Jul 01, 1978
Uncredited consultation: Gower Champion
Performer: Gower Champion
Dan Connors - Replacement (Apr 25, 1978 - ?)

Rockabye Hamlet
Musical, Original
Feb 17, 1976 - Feb 21, 1976
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Nov 06, 1975 - Dec 28, 1975
Originally directed and choreographed by Gower Champion

Mack & Mabel
Musical, Original
Oct 06, 1974 - Nov 30, 1974
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

Irene
Musical, Comedy, Revival
Mar 13, 1973 - Sep 07, 1974
Directed by Gower Champion

Sugar
Musical, Comedy, Original
Apr 09, 1972 - Jun 23, 1973
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

A Flea in Her Ear
Play, Farce, Revival
Oct 03, 1969 - Oct 25, 1969
Directed by Gower Champion

The Happy Time
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968
Directed and filmed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

I Do! I Do!
Musical, Comedy, Original
Dec 05, 1966 - Jun 15, 1968
Directed by Gower Champion

3 Bags Full
Play, Comedy, Original
Mar 06, 1966 - Apr 02, 1966
Directed by Gower Champion

High Spirits
Musical, Comedy, Original
Apr 07, 1964 - Feb 27, 1965
Additional direction (uncredited) by Gower Champion

Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jan 16, 1964 - Dec 27, 1970
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

My Mother, My Father and Me
Play, Original
Mar 23, 1963 - Apr 06, 1963
Staged by Gower Champion

Carnival!
Musical, Puppets, Original
Apr 13, 1961 - Jan 05, 1963
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

Bye Bye Birdie
Musical, Comedy, Original
Apr 14, 1960 - Oct 07, 1961
Directed by Gower Champion
Choreographed by Gower Champion

3 for Tonight
Musical, Revue, Original
Apr 06, 1955 - Jun 18, 1955
Starring: Gower Champion [Performer]
Directed by Gower Champion
Musical staging by Gower Champion

Make a Wish
Musical, Original
Apr 18, 1951 - Jul 14, 1951
Choreographed by Gower Champion

Lend an Ear
Musical, Revue, Original
Dec 16, 1948 - Jan 21, 1950
Musical Staging by Gower Champion

Small Wonder
Musical, Revue, Original
Sep 15, 1948 - Jan 08, 1949
Choreographed by Gower Champion

Count Me In
Musical, Revue, Comedy, Original
Oct 08, 1942 - Nov 21, 1942
Performer: Gower Champion [Teddy Roosevelt Brandywine]

The Lady Comes Across
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jan 09, 1942 - Jan 10, 1942
Performer: Gower Champion [Campbell]

Streets of Paris
Musical, Revue, Original
Jun 19, 1939 - Feb 10, 1940
Also Starring: Gower Champion [Le Fils Americain, Cadet, "South American Way" Dancer, "We Live of Love" / "We Haven't Got A Pot to Cook In" Dancer, "Reading, Writing and a Little Bit of Rhythm" Dancer]

Awards and Nominations

1981 Tony Award® Best Choreography

nominee42nd Street [winner]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1981 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

42nd Street [nominee]
Directed by Gower Champion

1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography

nominee42nd Street [winner]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1975 Tony Award® Best Choreography

Mack & Mabel [nominee]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1975 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

Mack & Mabel [nominee]
Directed by Gower Champion

1973 Tony Award® Best Choreography

Sugar [nominee]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1973 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

Sugar [nominee]
Directed by Gower Champion

1968 Tony Award® Best Choreography

nomineeThe Happy Time [winner]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1968 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

nomineeThe Happy Time [winner]
Directed by Gower Champion

1967 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

I Do! I Do! [nominee]
Directed by Gower Champion

1964 Tony Award® Best Choreography

nomineeHello, Dolly! [winner]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1964 Tony Award® Best Direction (Musical)

nomineeHello, Dolly! [winner]
Directed by Gower Champion

1962 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

Carnival! [nominee]
Directed by Gower Champion

1961 Tony Award® Best Choreography

nomineeBye Bye Birdie [winner]
Choreographed by Gower Champion

1961 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical

nomineeBye Bye Birdie [winner]
Directed by Gower Champion

1949 Tony Award® Best Choreography

nomineeLend an Ear [winner]
Musical Staging by Gower Champion

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