He choreographed Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical, "On Your Toes," at the Palace Theatre in London, England with Doreen Wells, Tim Flavin, Elspet Gray, John Bennett, and Siobhan McCarthy in the cast. George Abbott was director.
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"Ballet is Woman. In sports, it's Mickey Mantle
. In politics, it's Eisenhower. In ballet, it's woman. Women are lighter, more flexible. They move more beautifully. He is not the King, but she's the Queen".
Two of his wives played the same role in different productions of Rodgers and Hart's musical "On Your Toes", and both danced the ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" in it. Tamara Geva
appeared in the 1936 original Broadway production, in which her leading man was Ray Bolger
, who later played the Scarecrow in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
(1939). Vera Zorina
appeared in the 1939 film version of "...
Lighter costumes, faster movements, plotless ballet pieces. His dancers moved brilliantly.