Saddler, Donald

Ballet, Broadway & film dancer, award-winning choreographer

Price: $25.00

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(1920-2014) Recently deceased American choreographer, dancer, and theatre director. Studied dance at an early age to regain his strength after a bout of scarlet fever. He spent school vacations at MGM, eventually dancing in the chorus of movie musicals such as The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Rosalie (1937), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Babes in Arms (1939), and The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was an original member of the American Ballet Theatre, appearing in Giselle, Pillar of Fire, and Fancy Free before serving in WW II. When he returned, he decided to forego ballet for Broadway musicals, appearing in High Button Shoes (1947) and two 1950 revues, Dance Me a Song and Bless You All, before winning his 1st assignment as a choreographer for Wonderful Town in 1953. In 1958, Saddler won critical acclaim for his choreography for a Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival "dance drama" adaptation of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, in which he also performed. Sadler directed Together on Broadway: Mary Martin and Ethel Merman, George Abbott: Celebration, and I Hear Music of Frank Loesser and Friends. 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, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and Radio Days. For television he staged the dance routines for Verna: U.S.O. Girl, a presentation of PBS’ “Great Performances” with Sissy Spacek & William Hurt. In 2001, at the age of 81, Saddler was featured in the Broadway revival of Follies, performing the adagio with fellow dance veteran Marge Champion. He received the 1953 Tony Award for Best Choreographer for Wonderful Town, the 1971 Tony Award for Best Choreography for No, No, Nanette, 1971 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography for No, No, Nanette, 1984 Dance Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, and 2006 Capezio Dance Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also nominated for 1973 & 1983 Tony Awards and 1975. 1977 & 1983 Drama Desk Awards for choreography. ISP, 10 x 8 b&w glossy bust portrait by Cris Alexander, inscribed by Saddler with sentiment, NYC, March 11 1979. IMAGE NOTE: pink spots on Saddler's forehead are lighting "red eye" and are NOT on the original.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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