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"One" from A Chorus Line, 1985. This movie, choreographed by Jeffrey Hornaday,
was based on Michael Bennett's best-known stage work, which drew on the personal narratives of Broadway dancers.
Michael Bennett (1943-1987) is admired as a director and choreographer for his workshop-based method of developing material for the stage and for creating the musical-verité genre that integrates realistic concept and theatrical magic. Winner of seven Tony awards for choreography and direction, Bennett achieved his greatest success with A Chorus Line (1975), for which he also received a Pulitzer Prize. The script for A Chorus Line was based on more than twenty hours of recorded conversations with dancers. In Bennett's hands, elements of music, dance, and verbal confession were forged into a metaphor for individual perseverance and accomplishment. Bennett himself rose from a chorus boy to become a leading creative force on Broadway. Early productions that marked him as a promising newcomer-A Joyful Noise (1966) and The World of Henry Orient (1967)-caused him to be dubbed by The New York Times as "the most hopeful new name around Broadway dance." He fulfilled expectations for almost two decades with such productions as Promises, Promises (1968/69); Coco (1969); Company (1970); Follies (1971); Twigs (1971); Seesaw (1973); Ballroom (1978/79), and Dreamgirls (1981).