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Donald Saddler

Director, Performer, Choreographer, Assistant
( b. Jan 24, 1920 Van Nuys, California, USA - d. Nov 2, 2014 Englewood, New Jersey, USA ) Male
Donald Saddler was a dancer and choreographer whose stage and film credits stretched back to the 1930s, and who remained active into the 21st century.

Saddler began studying dance as a youth in order to bounce back physically from an attack of scarlet fever. He never stopped. "I was a little like Billy Elliot," he told the New York Times decades later. "I only knew who I was when I was dancing."

As a teenager, he hoofed it in the chorus of various 1930s movie musicals, including "The Great Ziegfeld," "Rosalie," "Broadway Melody of 1938," "Babes in Arms" and "The Wizard of Oz."

He made his Broadway debut in 1941 as a performer with The Ballet Theatre. Following service in the entertainment division during World War II, he returned to Broadway with the troupe in 1946, executing the steps of Jerome Robbins in Fancy Free, the dance predecessor of On the Town.

With Robbins, Mr. Saddler found a mentor. The famed choreographer used him as a replacement performer in the musical High Button Shoes, in which he danced a tango with Helen Gallagher. He moved up to Robbins' assistant for the 1950 Ethel Merman vehicle Call Me Madam.

By the early '60s, Mr. Saddler no longer needed help, and showed a special affinity for the dancing styles of the early years of Broadway.

Mr. Saddler was nominated for a Tony Award for Wonderful Town; No, No, Nanette,; a 1973 production of Much Ado About Nothing; and On Your Toes. He won Tonys for the first two. He was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for the 1975 musical Good News and The Robber Bridegroom.

Source: Playbill.com obituary



Productions Date of Productions
Follies
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Donald Saddler [Theodore Whitman]
Apr 05, 2001 - Jul 14, 2001
My Fair Lady
[Musical, Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Revival]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Dec 09, 1993 - May 01, 1994
Teddy & Alice
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Nov 12, 1987 - Jan 17, 1988
Broadway
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Musical Staging by Donald Saddler
Jun 25, 1987 - Jun 27, 1987
The Loves of Anatol
[Play, Original]
  • Musical Staging by Donald Saddler
Mar 06, 1985 - Apr 14, 1985
On Your Toes
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Mar 06, 1983 - May 20, 1984
Happy New Year
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Apr 27, 1980 - May 10, 1980
The Grand Tour
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Jan 11, 1979 - Mar 04, 1979
The American Dance Machine
[Special, Dance, Original]
  • Featuring choreography from "No, No, Nanette" by Donald Saddler
Jun 14, 1978 - Dec 03, 1978
The Robber Bridegroom
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Oct 09, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977
The Robber Bridegroom
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Oct 07, 1975 - Oct 18, 1975
Rodgers & Hart
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
May 13, 1975 - Aug 16, 1975
A Doll's House
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Tarantella choreographed by Donald Saddler
Mar 05, 1975 - Apr 20, 1975
Good News
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Dec 23, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975
Tricks
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Jan 08, 1973 - Jan 13, 1973
Much Ado About Nothing
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Revival]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Nov 11, 1972 - Feb 11, 1973
No, No, Nanette
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
  • Musical Staging by Donald Saddler
Jan 19, 1971 - Feb 03, 1973
Sophie
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Apr 15, 1963 - Apr 20, 1963
Milk and Honey
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Oct 10, 1961 - Jan 26, 1963
Shangri-La
[Musical, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Jun 13, 1956 - Jun 30, 1956
John Murray Anderson's Almanac
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Donald Saddler
Dec 10, 1953 - Jun 26, 1954
Wonderful Town
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Donald Saddler
Feb 25, 1953 - Jul 03, 1954
Bless You All
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Also Starring: Donald Saddler [The Rich Boy, The Texan, The Mobile]
Dec 13, 1950 - Feb 24, 1951
Call Me Madam
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Asst. to the Choreographer: Donald Saddler
Oct 12, 1950 - May 03, 1952
Dance Me a Song
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Donald Saddler [Taxi Driver, "It's The Weather" Dancer, Drunkard, "Lilac Wine" Dancer, Boy Friend, Owner, "Finale" Performer]
Jan 20, 1950 - Feb 18, 1950
High Button Shoes
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Donald Saddler
    • Uncle Willie - Replacement
Oct 09, 1947 - Jul 02, 1949
Ballet Theatre
Pillar of Fire
[Special, Ballet, Dance, Original]
  • Performer: Donald Saddler [Lover-in-Experience]
Fancy Free
[Special, Ballet, Dance, Original]
  • Performer: Donald Saddler [Bartender]
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946
The Ballet Theatre
[Special, Ballet, Revival]
  • Performer: Donald Saddler [Wilfred]
Feb 11, 1941 - Mar 09, 1941
Special Events Date of Special Events
Together on Broadway (Mary Martin & Ethel Merman)
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Staged by Donald Saddler
May 15, 1977 - May 15, 1977
George Abbott...A Celebration
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Directed by Donald Saddler
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
May 02, 1976 - May 02, 1976
A Gala Tribute to Joshua Logan
[Special, Benefit, Tribute, Original]
  • Choreographed by Donald Saddler
Mar 09, 1975 - Mar 09, 1975
1983 Tony Award® Best Choreography
 On Your Toes [nominee]
Choreographed by Donald Saddler
1983 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography
 On Your Toes [nominee]
Choreographed by Donald Saddler
1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography
 The Robber Bridegroom [nominee]
Choreographed by Donald Saddler
1976 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography
 The Robber Bridegroom [nominee]
Choreographed by Donald Saddler
1975 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography
 Good News [nominee]
Choreographed by Donald Saddler
1973 Tony Award® Best Choreography
 Much Ado About Nothing [nominee]
Choreographed by Donald Saddler
1971 Tony Award® Best Choreography
winnerNo, No, Nanette [winner]
Musical Staging by Donald Saddler
1971 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography
winnerNo, No, Nanette [winner]
Musical Staging by Donald Saddler
1953 Tony Award® Choreographer
winnerWonderful Town [winner]
Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Donald Saddler
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