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  Exclusive Interview - Susan Stroman for "The Producers"
Susan Stroman is an award-winning choreography and director whose Broadway hit The Producers scooped the Tony Awards and revitalised the Broadway theatre.
Stroman was born on October 17, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Stroman: Well, you know, she was initially thought of but I think it was sort of the rehearsal time and I think she was booked with something else in Australia and then that didn't work out or something.
www.darkhorizons.com /news05/producers1.php   (1895 words)

  Susan Stroman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Susan Stroman (born October 17, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a Broadway director, choreographer, and performer.
Exposed to show tunes by her piano-playing salesman father, Stroman began studying dance, concentrating on jazz, tap, and ballet at the age of five.
Stroman's first big break came when director Scott Ellis hired her to choreograph his off-Broadway revival of Flora the Red Menace at the Vineyard Theatre in Greenwich Village in 1987.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Susan_Stroman   (529 words)

 CNN/TIME - America's Best
Stroman is more than thrilled to be working with Brooks, who always seems to have had a soft spot for musicals.
Stroman is no amateur when it comes to listening to Broadway showstoppers.
Connick described a moment with Stroman in which he played the piano and noticed her tapping her feet to the music and working out the rhythm in her head.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/2001/americasbest/pro.sstroman.html   (854 words)

 Contact - The Musical   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The show is also notable because it is the first show that Susan Stroman has both choreographed and directed.
Stroman to develop a new musical of her own.
In Stroman and Weidman's version, they are a servant and his master vying for the young lady's affection.
www.geocities.com /JoeCable1996/contact/contact.html   (451 words)

 Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Contact in Denver - 11/6/01
Stroman’s use of an object to express to the audience the wife's inability to connect with her husband solidifies the concept of movement speaking beyond words.
Stroman’s use of elongated figures, particularly in “Did You Move?”, reflects the longing of the characters and brings emotional impact to her work.
Stroman radiates creative energy with her incorporate of sets and props throughout all three pieces.
www.talkinbroadway.com /regional/denver/denver6.html   (1258 words)

 Susan Stroman: Broadway Choreographer Brings Gershwin to Graham Troupe
Stroman is doing in the Graham company, which presented the New York premiere of "But Not For Me" at the Joyce Theater on Wednesday night, the answer is not that complex.
Stroman is enormously talented, which is why she attracted so much attention so quickly in the first place.
Stroman is fond of circles and lifts, but she can also individualize the performers.
partners.nytimes.com /library/arts/020599stroman-dance-review.html   (969 words)

 Dance Magazine: Choreographer Stroman makes Contact With a vision in yellow - Susan Stroman
As Stroman has been more than happy to relate after the surprise success of Contact last fall, watching this young woman emerge from a mass of fl-clad New Yorkers to accept or refuse the men offering to be her partner inspired the "dance play" that's upset all the conventional wisdom about musicals.
Stroman, the choreographer who came out of nowhere to dazzle Broadway with her inventive routines for Crazy for You nearly ten years ago, has had trouble finding a long-running New York City showcase for her work since--unless you count A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.
As Stroman explains it, Andre Bishop, who runs the Lincoln Center Theater, saw Steel Pier and invited her over to his office to say that if she ever had an idea she wanted to develop, he would be happy to help.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1083/is_2_74/ai_59270757   (423 words)

 London theatre dance musical Contact on stage in London's West End Queen's theatre - ticket buying and theater guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Contact is inspired by a real-life event when Susan Stroman witnessed a young woman in a short yellow dress bedazzle a succession of suitors at an after-hours Manhattan dance club.
Stroman has found a London cast of highly varied but uniformly good dancers who can also act, and has given them wonderful things to do, all vividly expressive.
What I detest is how little Stroman makes of her material: in particular, the obviousness of her dance construction, and the tedium of her timing...
www.albemarle-london.com /contact.html   (924 words)

 Voice Of Dance - Insights - Features
Stroman nurtured her own lifelong passion for the performing arts, and developed a prodigious talent that has made her the most successful director/choreographer of her generation, the heir -- or, more pointedly, heiress -- apparent to such creative forces as Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Michael Bennett, and Tommy Tune.
Oklahoma!, which Stroman choreographed in London in 1998, will open on Broadway in March, the first time the show will be presented there without Agnes de Mille's original choreography.
Since choreographing her first Broadway show, Crazy for You (1992), Stroman has been nominated for ten Tony Awards and won five: four for choreography (Crazy for You; Show Boat, 1995; Contact, 2000; and The Producers, 2001), and one for direction (The Producers).
www.voiceofdance.org /Insights/insights.trans.col.cfm?LinkID=25000000000000113   (896 words)

 Susan Stroman; Lights up a stage (Win 93)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Stroman started taking dancing lessons when she was 5, and ever since she can remember, she's been able to "visualize music." During her high school and college years, she worked in local theatres like Candlelight Dinner Theatre and Three Little Bakers.
Stroman made her transition from dancer to choreographer in small steps, starting out choreographing and directing cabaret acts, industrial shows and commercials.
Stroman included glitzy numbers featuring chorines in fluffy pink, a romantic waltz in which the leads fall in love and lively chorus numbers in which cast members use just about everything that's not nailed down on the set as props.
www.udel.edu /PR/Messenger/93/2/38.html   (1413 words)

And while choreographer/director Susan Stroman did develop the show in workshops, the concept and story line were hers, expressed through her dancers.
Stroman's core idea makes up the second half of the program, from which the show takes its name.
The choreography is a slick Broadway take on swing dancing forms, bringing into play as well Stroman's expert knowledge of classical ballet--the parade of men strutting their stuff, competing for the attention of the heroine, for example, or any number of the corps formations.
www.culturevulture.net /Theater/Contact.htm   (605 words)

 B.co Interview with Susan Stroman of Contact
Which is just as it should be, because dance maker and director Susan Stroman, once a chorus line hoofer from Wilmington, Delaware, is New York's latest Broadway Babe.
Showered with accolades for hits like The Producers, Crazy For You, Show Boat and Oklahoma!, Stroman is over here to mount her latest award winning hit, Contact, at London's Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, starring Leigh Zimmerman, former Royal Ballet dancer Sarah Wildor and Michael Praed.
Despite Stroman's decision not to have children of her own, the couple were surrounded by family, Ben and Natasha, Ockrent's children from his first marriage in London, and Stroman's sister's brood in Wilmington.
www.ballet.co.uk /magazines/yr_02/nov02/interview_susan_stroman.htm   (973 words)

 Susan Stroman Directs The Producers
Susan Stroman: What's great about Mel is he gives me a lot of respect; we have a lot of respect for both of us on the Broadway play, and on the movie as well.
Susan Stroman: Well, Nathan and Matthew know how to play for 1500 people and they know how to play for one camera; what they brought me was great comfort just with their technique.
Susan Stroman: I know this'll be a surprise, but it's when Franz Liebkind comes in and starts shooting in the white office and they all start running for their lives.
www.movieweb.com /news/90/10290.php   (1944 words)

 Show Business Weekly: Review: Dance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
So it’s no surprise that Stroman’s first full-length evening work for New York City Ballet, "Double Feature," ingeniously inspired by silent movies and infused with Stroman’s impish brand of humor, is the mega-hit of the company’s winter season celebrating the 100th anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth.
Although the choreography for the most part was limited, what Stroman has created suits the dancers in their well-defined roles and frees them to delve into their characters–often with hilarious results.
Certainly Stroman was not out to compete with Balanchine, and her choreography works from a theatrical point of view in an exceptionally well-paced production.
www.showbusinessweekly.com /archive/266/dance_double_feature.html   (664 words)

 Renewing America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Susan Stroman was chosen because of her enjoyment in, and talent for, bringing her own personality and style to bear on those most American of art forms - musicals and modern dance.
Trevor Nunn met Susan Stroman after she had proved herself against and within the legacy of another American dance legend, Martha Graham, when she created the ballet But Not For Me at the Library of Congress.
Stroman wanted the dance not only to be integrated into the action (hence the lead actors also having to be lead dancers in the dream ballet) but to reflect the central theme of conflict.
www.oklahoma-themusical.com /content/article1.html   (655 words)

Stroman started dancing at the age of five, studying ballet, jazz and tap.
Stroman quickly gained a reputation for quirky new slants on standards ('New York, New York' sang in different languages) and for the creative use of props on stage.
This new musical comedy seems set for a long, long run and I believe that Stroman's name will be on the heart of every musical fan for many years to come.
www.jorgeplace.com /people_SusanStromanBiography.htm   (950 words)

 Broadway: The American Musical . Stars Over Broadway . Susan Stroman | PBS
One of Broadway's brightest lights in the new millennium, innovative choreographer Susan Stroman made a smashing entrance to the directing ranks, with the original dance drama "Contact" (which she co-created) and the revival of "The Music Man" both premiering to raves on the Great White Way in the spring of 2000.
Stroman experienced back-to-back Broadway failures with "Big" (1996), the misfired adaptation of the popular Penny Marshall feature starring Tom Hanks, and Kander and Ebb's "Steel Pier" (1997), reuniting with Ockrent on the former and Scott Ellis on the latter.
Stroman's fluid direction and signature choreographic touches merely enhanced the hilarity inherent in the script and songs, and the show proved to be a triumph on Broadway, earning a record 12 Tony Awards, including those for direction and choreography.
www.pbs.org /wnet/broadway/stars/stroman_s.html   (770 words)

 Susan Stroman Biography | Authors and Artists for Young Adults
Dubbed the "hottest thing on Broadway" by a writer for CNN.com for her direction and choreography of the 2001 stage production of The Producers, Susan Stroman is the winner of five Tony awards.
Working in dance, Stroman has been hailed for her work in Broadway musicals, and is famous for a style that recalls dance eras of old.
Employing a variety of props in her numbers, Stroman creates steps which are not intricate, but blend seamlessly into the projects.
www.bookrags.com /biography/susan-stroman-aya   (209 words)

 John Dickinson High School - News
Further stage triumphs for Stroman, Townsend noted, include Trevor Nunn’s revival of Oklahoma, for which she won an Olivier Award for best choreography, and Contact, for which she garnered a Tony and Drama Desk Award for choreography and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for best choreography and best director.
Stroman expressed her gratitude for construction of UD’s Center for the Arts in an era of reduced budgets for the arts and the closing of many theatres nationwide.
Stroman also noted that the Center for the Arts also will serve and inspire future generations of UD students to achieve their dreams in the realm of music, dance and theatre.
www.johndickinsonhs.com /cgi-bin/dist/news.cgi?id=2   (744 words)

 Exclusive Susan Stroman/The Producers Interview by Paul Fischer in New York
Susan Stroman is an award-winning choreography and director whose Broadway hit The Producers scooped the Tony Awards and revitaslised the Broadway theatre.
Paul: Now they say that, from a directing standpoint or from a creative standpoint that the theatre is the actors' medium and that film, is the directors' medium.
Stroman: Ah, actually people are throwing some scripts on my desk so I'm gonna just take my time to pick...
www.filmmonthly.com /Profiles/Articles/SusanStroman/SusanStroman.html   (1885 words)

 USATODAY.com - Super choreographer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
NEW YORK — A few years ago, director/choreographer Susan Stroman and her husband, director Mike Ockrent, were busy rehearsing a collaborative project when they got a phone call indicating that a certain show-business icon wanted to meet with them — immediately.
Last year, Stroman, who is in her early 40s, earned Tony nominations for her work on the current smash revival of The Music Man and received her third Tony for choreography for Contact, an original production she co-conceived.
Two months later, Brooks asked Stroman, who had already helped restructure the show for the stage, to assume her late husband's role.
www.usatoday.com /life/theater/2001-06-01-choreographer.htm   (758 words)

 New York City Ballet | Repertory and Dancers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
"Blossom Got Kissed," Susan Stroman's closing piece, tells the story of Blossom, a befuddled ballerina with no rhythm (dressed in a pale blue Degas tutu), six flappers in red, their fl-suited hipster boyfriends, and the transforming power of a kiss (when it's bestowed by the orchestra's triangle player).
Susan Stroman, who lives in New York City, is an award winning stage and television choreographer.
Stroman's off-Broadway credits include And the World Goes 'Round, Liza -- Stepping Out at Radio City Music Hall, an HBO presentation, Flora, the Red Menace, Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol and Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, which she co-conceived and choreographed for PBS.
www.nycballet.com /about/rep_duke.html   (1160 words)

 PlaybillArts: Features: Susan Stroman: Ballet Meets Broadway
Stroman is known for her remarkable ability to tell a story clearly and creatively.
Stroman bends her knees and circles the floor to demonstrate another move.
Stroman teaches the ballet dancers how to perform with their eyes, they in turn give her something beyond Broadway.
www.playbillarts.com /features/article/113.html   (1113 words)

 Susan Stroman - Photo - THE PRODUCERS Director Susan Stroman seen here with Nathan Lane as Max ... - Moviefone
Susan Stroman - Photo - THE PRODUCERS Director Susan Stroman seen here with Nathan Lane as Max...
THE PRODUCERS Director Susan Stroman seen here with Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock on the set of the comedic Tony-Award winning musical brought back to the big screen where two producers devise a get rich quick plan by producing a sure-fire flop.
Susan Stroman photo of 'THE PRODUCERS Director Susan Stroman seen here with Nathan Lane as Max...' on Moviefone.
movies.aol.com /celebrity/susan-stroman/277355/photos/the-producers-director-susan-stroman-seen-here-with-matthew-broderick-as-leo/1443033   (114 words)

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