Gender
Male
Born
Aug 01, 1930
Port of Spain, TRINIDAD
Died
Oct 05, 2014
New York, New York, USA
Director Performer Choreographer Designer
Relations
Husband of
Carmen De Lavallade (1955 - 2014) his death
Comments
Biography: Geoffrey Lamont Holder was born on August 1, 1930 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He attended Queen's Royal College. He made his debut in his brother's folkloric dance troupe, the Holder Dancing Company, at age 7. Holder became the company's director and lead performer, and took it to New York City in 1954. From 1956 to 1958 he was a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Holder received a Guggenheim fellowship in painting, and his work was shown at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He then expanded into costume design, directing, and choreographing. He choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He married Carmen de Lavallade, a dancer he met during his Broadway debut in House of Flowers. They had one son named Léo.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Annie," "Live and Let Die," "Boomerang," "Doctor Dolittle," "Porgy and Bess," "and "All Night Long." Television credits include: "The Apprentice," "The Cosby Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "Today," "Great Performances," "Tarzan," and "It Takes a Thief."

Trivia:
He published and illustrated "Black Gods, Green Islands," written with Tom Harshman, in 1959.
He authored "Geoffrey Holder's Caribbean Cookbook" in 1973.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on October 10, 2014.
The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (Jan 19, 1993 - Jan 31, 1993)
  • Staged by Geoffrey Holder
SpecialConcertOriginal
The Wiz (May 24, 1984 - Jun 03, 1984)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalComedyRevival
Timbuktu! (Mar 01, 1978 - Sep 10, 1978)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
  • Playbill Cover Illustration by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalOriginal
The Wiz (Jan 05, 1975 - Jan 28, 1979)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalComedyOriginal
Josephine Baker (Mar 31, 1964 - Apr 19, 1964)
  • Performer: Geoffrey Holder [Performer]
MusicalRevueOriginal
Josephine Baker (Feb 04, 1964 - Feb 16, 1964)
  • Also Starring: Geoffrey Holder [Performer]
MusicalRevueOriginal
Waiting for Godot (Jan 21, 1957 - Jan 26, 1957)
  • Performer: Geoffrey Holder [Lucky]
PlayDrama All Black CastRevival
House of Flowers (Dec 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955)
  • Performer: Geoffrey Holder [The Champion]
  • Banda dance choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
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The Wiz (Sep 16, 1983 - May 13, 1984)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalComedyRevival
Timbuktu! (Apr 17, 1979 - Jan 20, 1980)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalOriginal
Timbuktu! (Sep 20, 1978 - Feb 11, 1979)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalOriginal
The Wiz (Jun 23, 1978 - Jul 01, 1979)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalComedyOriginal
The Wiz (Jun 15, 1976 - Jul 07, 1979)
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
MusicalComedyOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Best Costume Design

1978 | Nominee  | Timbuktu!
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder

Best Costume Design

1975 | Winner  | The Wiz
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder

Best Direction of a Musical

1975 | Winner  | The Wiz
Directed by Geoffrey Holder

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Choreography

1978 | Nominee  | Timbuktu!
Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
 

Outstanding Costume Design

1978 | Nominee  | Timbuktu!
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder

Outstanding Costume Design

1975 | Winner  | The Wiz
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
 

Outstanding Director of a Musical

1975 | Nominee  | The Wiz
Directed by Geoffrey Holder

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