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Larry Blank
Forrest Bonshire
Anthony De Vecchi
Janet Eilber
Stuart Hodes
Martha Rofheart
Larry Ross
Ron Stratton

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Larry BlankLarry Blank's orchestrations are presently heard on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone and in London's Fiddler on the Roof. He orchestrated Fame Becomes Me, La Cage Aux Folles, Beautiful and Damned, Barbara Cook's Count Your Blessings, co-orchestrated Guys and Dolls, stage and film editions of The Producers, and the film Chicago, was musical director for Teddy and Alice, Copperfield, and Onward Victoria, conducted Sugar Babies, Very Good Eddie, and Goodtime Charlie, as well as played piano, conducted, done orchestrations and song arrangements for many other musicals, for singers, groups, and films. A licenced pilot, when his busy musical schedule permits, he and his wife Kaylyn take to the air in their Piper Commanche. They are raising their three children, in Los Angeles, California.

Forrest Bonshire danced in his first Broadway show, Something for the Boys, at age 17. Before that, in 1943, he'd toured the Pacific including the Philippines in a USO production of Oklahoma! playing to audiences of 20,00 soldiers. His other Broadway shows are Laffing Room Only, Ziegfeld Follies (1944), Allah Be Praised!, Brigadoon, Look Ma I'm Dancin', Miss Liberty, Guys and Dolls, and Show Girl. Other shows include Billion Dollar Baby, Shootin' Star, Make Mine Manhattan and Love Life. Choreographers he worked with include Robert Alton, Tony Charmoli, Jack Cole, Agnes DeMille, Lester Horton, Michael Kidd, and Jerome Robbins. His own choreography was seen in productions of Little Mary Sunshine, Show Girl, and Jules Munchin on Broadway. He lives in Setaucket, Long Island and is working on a book about show biz.

Anthony De VecchiAnthony De Vecchi's Broadway shows include 13 Daughters, Milk and Honey, Tovarich, Kelly, Man of La Mancha, Golden Rainbow, and Mata Hari. He grew up in St. Agnes' Orphanage, Sparkill, NY, where his first training was in a boxing gym. But after a few Golden Gloves-style fights he listened to his trainer who said that the life of a professional dancer was better than a professional fighter's and still a pre-teen, switched to dance studios, then the School of American ballet, dashing off for lessons with modern dance teachers at the New Dance Group. He danced in American Ballet Theater, directed and staged the national tour of Man of La Mancha and today lives in Hinsdale, MA, where he operates and teaches in his own dance school.

Janet EilberJanet Eilber is Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. During her time as a principal dancer with the troupe she worked closely with Martha Graham, performed on national and international tours, soloed at the White House, was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, and starred in Dance in America. She danced many of Graham's greatest roles and had roles created for her by Graham. She has taught, lectured, and directed Graham ballets internationally, received four Lester Horton awards for performance and reconstruction of seminal American dance. Her Broadway credits include Stepping Out, The Little Prince and the Aviator, The American Dance Machine, and Dancin'. She is married to screenwriter, John Warren, and has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.

Stuart A While BackStuart Hodes danced in the original casts of Do Re Mi, First Impressions, Milk and Honey, Paint Your Wagon, Peer Gynt, Sophie, The Barrier, To Broadway with Love, and Zeigfeld Follies(1956), and as a replacement in Kismet, By the Beautiful Sea, Once Upon A Mattress, The King and I, and The Most Happy Fella, plus off-Broadway, TV, and night clubs. He took his first dance lesson at the Martha Graham School after discharge from the Air Force in WW II. He'd piloted a Flying Fortress on seven missions when the war in Europe ended. In the U.S. Army of Occupation, he joined the staff of an unofficial army newspaper, The Foggia Occupator, which led him to consider journalism. Back at Brooklyn College, he switched from science to English but was sidetracked by dance, became Martha Graham's partner and circled the globe dancing.. The founding of Chorus Gypsy takes him back to journalism – sort of. His web site, www.Stuarthodes.com, offers chapters from his memoir, Part Real-Part Dream: Dancing with Martha Graham.—

Martha RofheartMartha Jones Rofheart grew up in Louisville, KY, listening to her grandfather tell stories about Wales, land of her ancestors. Touring troupes with stars like Maurice Evans, Katherine Cornell, Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne, inspired her to be an actress. After graduating high school at age 15, she auditioned for the Lunts, first step in a career that saw her play roles in Blythe Spirit, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Heiress, The Respectful Prostitute, and others. Her acclaimed first novel, Fortune Made His Sword (Putnam, 1972), whose English title, Cry ‘God for Harry,' was rejected because the American publisher feared it would not evoke an English king but Harry Truman, was followed by Glendower Country (Putnam, 1973), My Name is Sappho (Putnam, 1974), The Alexandrian (Putnam, 1976), The Savage Brood (Crowell, 1978), and Lionheart (Simon & Schuster, 1981).—

Larry Ross (by Larry Ross). After being born I attended and graduated with honors from P.S. 188 in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. I continued my studies at Mark Twain Junior High and graduated before being thrown out. While all my contemporaries went to Lincoln High School I chose The Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades with the intention of being an aeronautical engineer. Haaa! In order to save the state money for my upkeep I enlisted in the United States Air Force at 17. Upon discharge, Honorable, I used the G.I. Bill to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. One of my classmates was Robert Redford. Whatever happened to him? After graduating, I was an out of work actor, but saw all these cute young girls with their dance bags trotting off to dance class and knew this was the place for me. Unfortunately, from my very first dance class I was so hooked that I was in the studio all day, seven days a week, and never had a date until I had my first dancing job. And I married her. I got my Equity card in a stock production of West Side Story. Shortly after that summer Bob Fosse hired me as a replacement in the National Company of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. When it closed I went into the Broadway company but after two weeks got the call to do Fiddler On The Roof. First, the chorus, then the Fiddler, then Mendel, the Rabbi's son, and understudied of Motel the Tailor, and played it many times. I left Fiddler to tour in Irma La Douce with Elke Sommer. After that tours of Fiddler as Motel, then The Rothschilds as Amschel Rothschild, then, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (with Zero), followed by my only Broadway flop, Frank Merriwell or Honor Challenged. Was assistant choreographer/dance captain in a Jones Beach production of The Music Man, pre-production at Radio City Music Hall for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Annie for three years on Broadway, my finale as a performer. Then, Business Representative at Actors' Equity, Director of Subscriptions for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, musicians' rep at Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, and Representative for the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers (SSDC). Now I'm resting.


Ron Stratton danced in (alphabetically) Camelot, Every Nook and Cranny, Goldilocks, Guys and Dolls. Her First Roman, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kelly, Kiss me Kate, Music Man, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Subways Are For Sleeping, Tenderloin, The Happiest Girl in the World, as a soloist at Radio City Music Hall, and in many "Industrials." His career proper began with a scholarship to the school of American Ballet Theater but when a spot in the troupe wasn't quickly forthcoming, began auditioning for Broadway where he spent a career that is "not done yet!"—


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