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Michael Kidd on left

Stage Name

Birth Name

Michael Kidd Milton Greenwald

      Michael Kidd was a dancer and a choreographer who became interested in dance and theater through his older brother Phil Greenwald, who was a talent booker for the Concord Hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains. He made his Stage debut in 1937 in The Eternal Road, and in the same year became a member of American Ballet, and later the Ballet Caravan, where he stayed until 1940. He was able to dance with his first wife in 'Ballet Caravan' in 1939 and his second wife Shelah was in the chorus of 'Can-Can'.

In an interview Kidd credited Charley Chaplin as one of his biggest influences. He cited Chaplin's instinct for (pathos and) comedy as the foundation for his own efforts to shape characters and connect them emotionally with his audiences through

Dance.

   Kidd went on to work with many stars such as Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Betty Grable etc. Danced in the movie "It's Always Fair Weather." Michael Kidd has won five Tony Awards* for his Broadway choreography "Finian's Rainbow" (1947), "Guys and Dolls" (1951), "Can-Can" (1953), "Li'l Abner" (1957) and "Destry Rides Again" (1959)... plus the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences lists that Kidd received an honorary Oscar at the ceremony in March 1997.

    Film wise ... he has choreographed many ... including Where's Charley? (1952), The Band Wagon (1953), Star! (1968), Hello, Dolly! (1969) and his masterpiece ... Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Michael danced in a few films but most notably with Gene Kelly and Dan Dailey in It's Always Fair Weather in 1955.


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Brooklyn, NY 8/12/1915 - 12/23/2007 Mary Heater (1st) 1) Kristine & Susan | 2) Amy & Mathew
    Sheila Hackett-Kidd (2nd)
It is said that stripper Gypsy Rose Lee was madly in love with Michael Kidd, but he was not interested in her romantically.

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Ballet Betty Grable n/a
Ballroom Fred Astaire      
Jitterbug Gene Kelly      
Waltz Martha Graham      
  Mary Heater    
  Sheila Hackett    

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Films/ Movies

Theaters

Stage

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1936 - Happy Days Revue ( Danced) 46th St. Theater(Finian's) 1937 - The Eternal Road
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1937 - Another Dawn ( Chor) 1939 - Worlds Fair 1939 - Ballet Caravan
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1945 - On Stage! 1940 - Radio City Music Hall 1939 - Filling Station
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1952 - Where's Charley ( Chor)       1941 - as Billy in Billy the Kid
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1953 - The Band Wagon [DVD] (chor)       1941 - City Portrait
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1953 - It's Always Fair Weather [DVD] ( Chor)       1942 - Dance Players
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1954 - Knock on Wood (chor)       1942 - Man from Midian
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1954 - 7 Brides for 7 Brothers [DVD] ( Chor)       1945 - On Stage!
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1955 - Guys and Dolls [DVD] ( Chor)       1945 - Interplay
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1958 - Merry Andrew ( Directed) 3QnpnHrUGC4     1947 - Finian's Rainbow*
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1959 - Li'l Abner [DVD] ( Chor)       1948 - Hold It
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1968 - Star! ( Chor)       Petrouchka ( Ballet)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1969 - Hello Dolly [DVD] ( Chor)       1950 - Arms and the Girl
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1975 - Smile [DVD]       1951 - Guys and Dolls*
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1978 - Movie Movie ( Danced)       1953 - Can-Can*
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1985 - That's Dancing [DVD]       1957 - Lil Abner*
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1989 - Skin Deep [DVD] ( Danced)       1959 - Destry(Clip)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1996 - Musicals, Great Musicals [DVD]       1961 - Wildcat
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1962 - Subways are for Sleeping
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1963 - Here's Love
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1964 - Ben Franklin in Paris
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1965 - Sky Scrapper
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1966 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1970 - The Rothschilds
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1973 - Cyrano
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1978 - American Dance Machine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.         1980 - The Music Man
          1993 - Good-bye Girl

Nightclubs

Television

Publications

n/a 1954 - Schubert Theater 12/1956 - Dance Magazine
      1958 - Merry Andrew 11/1960 - Theatre Arts magazine
      1971 - All In The Family      
      1976 - Laverne and Shirley      
      1978 - Paul Muni Story      
      1991 - Everybody Dance Now      

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