Bob Avian

Choreographer, Director

Mr Avian began his career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows including West Side Story and Funny Girl. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and/or assistant director on productions including Company, Follies, Twigs, Seesaw and God’s Favorite. In 1976 he received a Tony Award as co-choreographer of A Chorus Line. He then went on to win his second Tony Award for choreographing Ballroom as well as serving as co-producer. He was also a producer of the original and national companies of Dreamgirls, the highly acclaimed musical which won six Tony Awards. He choreographed the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and then created the musical staging for Miss Saigon. He did the musical staging for the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, receiving his sixth Tony nomination. Next came the Boublil & Schonberg musical Martin Guerre for which he won the Olivier Award for choreography. Bob also choreographed Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together off-Broadway starring Julie Andrews and on Broadway starring Carol Burnett. Returning once again to London, he choreographed The Witches of Eastwick for Cameron Mackintosh.