Donald Saddler (born January 24, 1920) is an American choreographer, dancer, and theatre director.
Biography [ edit ]
Van Nuys, California, Saddler studied dance at an early age to regain his strength after a bout of scarlet fever. He spent his school vacations at the MGM studios, eventually dancing in the chorus of movie musicals such as (1936), The Great Ziegfeld (1937), Rosalie (1937), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1939), and Babes in Arms (1939) . The Wizard of Oz
Saddler was an original member of the
American Ballet Theatre, appearing in Giselle, Pillar of Fire, and Fancy Free before heading overseas to serve in World War II. When he returned, he decided to forego ballet in favor of Broadway musicals, appearing in (1947) and two 1950 High Button Shoes revues, Dance Me a Song and Bless You All, before winning his first assignment as a choreographer for in 1953. Wonderful Town
In 1958, Saddler won critical acclaim for his choreography for a
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival "dance drama" adaptation of Sherwood Anderson's , in which he also performed. Winesburg, Ohio
Sadler has directed
Together on Broadway: , Mary Martin and Ethel Merman , and George Abbott: Celebration I Hear Music of , a concert featuring the composer's widow, Frank Loesser and Friends Jo Sullivan. Saddler directed the 1988 Broadway reunion of prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory and danseur Fernando Bujones.
His choreographic work for feature films includes
, April in Paris , Young at Heart , and By the Light of the Silvery Moon . For Radio Days television he staged the dance routines for , a presentation of the Verna: U.S.O. Girl PBS series starring Great Performances Sissy Spacek and William Hurt. In 2001, at the age of 81, Saddler was featured in the Broadway revival of , performing the Follies adagio with fellow dance veteran Marge Champion.
In 2004, Saddler directed a staged reading of
Only a Kingdom at The John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY. Among the well-known performers in the cast were Kaitlin Hopkins, George S. Irving, Dina Merrill, Marni Nixon and JoAnne Worley.
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Awards and nominations [ edit ]
1953 Tony Award for Best Choreographer –
Wonderful Town 1971 Tony Award for Best Choreography –
No, No, Nanette 1971 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography –
No, No, Nanette 1984
Dance Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award 2006 Capezio Dance Lifetime Achievement Award
1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography –
Good News 1973 Tony Award for Best Choreography –
Much Ado About Nothing 1977 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography –
The Robber Bridegroom 1983
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography – On Your Toes 1983 Tony Award for Best Choreography –
On Your Toes
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