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Joe Layton
Joe Layton
(May 3, 1931 – May 5, 1994) was an American director and choreographer known primarily for his work on Broadway.[1]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Selected credits

2.1 Stage 2.2 Television 2.3 Film

3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Born Joseph Lichtman in Brooklyn, New York, Layton began his career as a dancer in Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
(1953), and he appeared uncredited in the ensemble of the original live TV production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957) starring Julie Andrews.[2] However, from the start, his primary interest was in musical staging. In addition to his many legitimate theatre credits, he conceived and directed Broadway concerts for Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1975), Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1976), Cher
Cher
(1979), and Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.
(1990). Joe Layton
Joe Layton
won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography for No Strings (1962), starring Diahann Carroll, and for George M!
George M!
(1968), starring Joel Grey. In 1965, Layton won an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for his work on My Name Is Barbra, the television special that introduced the public to the more sophisticated side of Barbra Streisand. It was his first of four collaborations with the star; the others were Color Me Barbra
Color Me Barbra
(1966), The Belle of 14th Street (1967) and Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
... And Other Musical Instruments (1973). He also directed and/or produced specials for Paul Lynde, Hal Linden, Richard Pryor, and Olivia Newton-John. Layton broke into films as the dance director for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967. He executive produced the film version of Annie (1982) and reunited with Midler to choreograph For the Boys
For the Boys
(1991). Layton directed the 1972 West End and 1973 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
productions of Scarlett, the musical stage adaptation of Gone with the Wind, and the 1985 world premiere of the Jule Styne musical Pieces of Eight in Edmonton. Joe Layton
Joe Layton
also choreographed a ballet for the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, London titled "Grand Tour" which received critical acclaim as well as a warm reception from the audiences around the UK. In 1984, Layton was one of the three choreographers credited with staging the dances for the Opening (the "How the West Was Won" sequence) and Closing (the break-dances in "All Night Long") ceremonies of the 23rd Summer Olympiad of Los Angeles. He was also the Director of Paul Green's symphonic outdoor drama, "The Lost Colony" from 1964-1984. In 1985, Layton directed and choreographed a Michael Edgley
Michael Edgley
revival production of Aloha : a musical of the islands by Eaton "Bob" Magoon[3][4][5] and Sir Robert Helpmann
Sir Robert Helpmann
at His Majesty's Theatre, Auckland (New Zealand), starring Patricia Morison[6] and with Derek Williams[7] continuing as the production arranger and musical director[8] from the Hamilton world premiere.[9][10][11] Reviews for the Auckland Aloha revival didn't measure up to those for the première production, negatively impacting houses, and it finished early, destined for Honolulu, Hawaii with Layton again as director, playing at the purpose built Aloha Showroom from February 1991[12] until the Gulf War
Gulf War
destroyed its tourist patronage. From 1989, in preparation for the Aloha production, Layton had moved to live with Magoon in Honolulu where he also directed a revival production of Magoon's 13 Daughters at the Hawaii Theatre.[13] Selected credits[edit]

Stage[edit]

Once Upon a Mattress
Once Upon a Mattress
(1959) The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
(1959) Tenderloin (1960) Greenwillow
Greenwillow
(1960) Sail Away (1961) No Strings
No Strings
(1962) The Girl Who Came to Supper
The Girl Who Came to Supper
(1963) Drat! The Cat! (1965) Sherry!
Sherry!
(1967) George M!
George M!
(1968) Dear World
Dear World
(1969) Two by Two (1970) Platinum (1978) Barnum (1980) Bring Back Birdie
Bring Back Birdie
(1981) The Three Musketeers (1984) Aloha : a musical of the islands (1985 and 1991) 13 Daughters (1989)

Television[edit]

Once Upon a Mattress
Once Upon a Mattress
(1964) My Name Is Barbra
My Name Is Barbra
(1965) Color Me Barbra
Color Me Barbra
(1966) The Belle of 14th Street (1967) Androcles and the Lion (1967) The Littlest Angel (1969) A Special
Special
Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1976) An Evening with Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1977) The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour (1978) Paul Lynde
Paul Lynde
at the Movies (1979) The Hal Linden
Hal Linden
Special
Special
(1979)

Film[edit]

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Thoroughly Modern Millie
(1967) Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) Annie (1982) For the Boys
For the Boys
(1991)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards

1962 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography – No Strings[14] 1965 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Conception, Choreography and Staging - My Name Is Barbra (TV)[15] 1969 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography – George M![16]

Nominations

1960 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography – Greenwillow[17] 1962 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Direction of a Musical – No Strings[18] 1966 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
- Musical Program - Color Me Barbra
Color Me Barbra
(TV)[19] 1973 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
- Special
Special
- Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music - Barbra Streisand ... And Other Musical Instruments (TV)[20] 1980 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography – Barnum 1980 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Direction of a Musical – Barnum 1980 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography – Barnum 1980 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Barnum

References[edit]

^ Dunning, Jennifer. (9 May 1994). Page B7. 'Joe Layton, Choreographer And Director, Is Dead at 64'. Obituary. New York Times. (USA) ^ Shulman, Arthur; Youman, Roger (1966). "Chapter V — They Called Them Spectaculars". How Sweet It Was — Television: A Pictorial Commentary. New York: Bonanza Books, a division of Crown Publishers, Inc., by arrangement with Shorecrest, Inc.  ^ 'Eaton Magoon, Jr.'. Music Theatre International. (USA) ^ 'Eaton Magoon, Jr.'. Discogs. ^ 'Eaton Magoon, Jr.'. Playbill. (New York, USA). ^ Kwok, E.D. (15 July 1985). 'NZ-US Talent Blends Well in Aloha'. The New Zealand Herald ^ Derek Williams ^ 'The Arts'. (12 June 1985). 'Teacher Continues Aloha Association'. Page 24. The Daily Post (Rotorua, New Zealand) ^ Day, Paul. (19 October 1981). 'Hamilton Says Aloha To Musical'. The New Zealand Herald ^ Cryer, Max. (25 October 1981). 'Hamilton produces ambitious musical' and 'Kitsch Aloha goes down a real treat'. Page 9. New Zealand Times ^ (27 October 1981). 'Author full of praise' (Sir Robert Helpmann). Waikato Times, New Zealand ^ (16 February 1991). Aloha : a musical of the islands. WorldCat ^ Harada, Wayne. (12 July 1989). "Updating a Tale of '13 Daughters'" . Pages B1-B2. The Honolulu Advertiser. (Hawaii, USA). ^ Kaplan, Mike, ed. (1985). Variety Presents the Complete Book of Major U.S. Show Business Awards. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc. p. 282. ISBN 0-8240-8919-7.  ^ Kaplan, p. 119 ^ Kaplan, p. 288 ^ Kaplan, p. 280 ^ Kaplan, p. 281 ^ Kaplan, p. 120 ^ Kaplan, p. 161

External links[edit]

Joe Layton
Joe Layton
on IMDb Joe Layton
Joe Layton
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Joe Layton
Joe Layton
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Joe Layton
Joe Layton
papers, 1931-1992, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Choreography

1947-1975

Agnes de Mille
Agnes de Mille
/ Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1947) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1948) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1949) Helen Tamiris
Helen Tamiris
(1950) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1951) Robert Alton
Robert Alton
(1952) Donald Saddler (1953) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1954) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1955) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1956) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1957) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1958) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1959) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1960) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1961) Joe Layton
Joe Layton
(1962) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1963) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1964) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1965) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1966) Ron Field (1967) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1968) Joe Layton
Joe Layton
(1969) Ron Field (1970) Donald Saddler (1971) Michael Bennett (1972) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1973) Michael Bennett (1974) George Faison (1975)

1976-2000

Michael Bennett and Bob Avian (1976) Peter Gennaro (1977) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1978) Michael Bennett and Bob Avian (1979) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
and Thommie Walsh (1980) Gower Champion
Gower Champion
(1981) Michael Bennett and Michael Peters (1982) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
and Thommie Walsh (1983) Danny Daniels (1984) No Award (1985) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1986) Gillian Gregory (1987) Michael Smuin (1988) Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning
Frankie Manning
and Fayard Nicholas (1989) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1990) Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
(1991) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(1992) Wayne Cilento (1993) Kenneth MacMillan (1994) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(1995) Savion Glover
Savion Glover
(1996) Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking
(1997) Garth Fagan
Garth Fagan
(1998) Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
(1999) Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(2000)

2001-present

Susan Stroman
Susan Stroman
(2001) Rob Ashford
Rob Ashford
(2002) Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp
(2003) Kathleen Marshall (2004) Jerry Mitchell (2005) Kathleen Marshall (2006) Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones
(2007) Andy Blankenbuehler (2008) Peter Darling (2009) Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones
(2010) Kathleen Marshall (2011) Christopher Gattelli (2012) Jerry Mitchell (2013) Warren Carlyle (2014) Christopher Wheeldon (2015) Andy Blankenbuehler (2016) Andy Blankenbuehler (2017)

Authority control

WorldCat
WorldCat
Identities VIAF: 72881660 LCCN: n86140014 ISNI: 0000 0000 7848 2784 GND: 134822919 BNF: cb155043862 (data) SN

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