Broadway’s Tony Stevens passes away at 63

Broadway’s Tony Stevens passes away at 63

The Broadway theater mourns the passing of Tony Stevens, who passed away today at the age of 63.

Tony Stevens performed in nine Broadway shows from Hello Dolly to Seesaw. Movie choreography includes “The Great Gatsby” with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” with Bert Reynolds, “She’s Having a Baby” with Kevin Bacon, “Johnny Dangerously” with Michael Keaton and “Where the Boys Are” with Lisa Hartman.

Creator of the workshop that became A Chorus Line, his Broadway choreographer credits include: Gower Champion’s Rockabye Hamlet and Annie Get Your Gun, he was Assistant Choreographer on Chicago (Fosse original production), Perfect Frank, Wind in the Willows with Nathan Lane.

His television choreography credits include specials for Mary Tyler Moore, Cheryl Ladd, Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary, and the People’s Choice Awards. Tony’s regional choreography credits include over 10 original shows and 30 revivals.

Among his favorite director and choreographer credits are for the National tours of Dreamgirls 1997 and 1998, and the 20th Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Off-Broadway Tony choreographed Zombie Prom, The Body Shop, and directed and choreographed Sheba. He has also directed and choreographed for famous nightclub acts such as Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Dolly Parton, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Debbie Shapiro, and Jane Powell. He is also proud to have choreographed for Gene Kelly.

Tony received a Lucille Lortel nomination for best choreography, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, recreated Bob Fosse’s original choreography for Chita; A Dancers Life on Broadway, staged numbers for Martin Short and Nathan Lane on “LATE NIGHT with David Letterman,” and was recently developing the new musical La Familglia.

I knew Tony as a member of the Broadway theater community.  He had a gift of being able to talk to everyone.  He knew his stuff and his work showed it.  He was warm, gifted, talented and funny.  He made everyone around him better.

After years of dancing in the light, he is the light.

He will be missed.  Gone too soon.