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The Religious Affiliation of Choreographer, Broadway Director
Gower Champion


From: Stephen M. Silverman,
Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and His Movies, Alfred A. Knopf: New York (1996), pages 177-179:
In the sixties, [Gower] Champion [a collaborator with Stanley Donen] became known as the iron-willed Broadway director of such smashes as Bye Bye Birdie and Hello, Dolly!, yet even at the outset of his career, Champion showed signs of becoming a martinet... Michael Stewart, who wrote the books for Birdie and Dolly!, once referred to Champion as the "Presbyterian Hitler," while, closer to home, Marge Champion said of her husband's neurotic preparation technique, "His mother couldn't come to rehearsal hall. If he could hvae eliminated me, he would have been happy." The Champions divorced in 1973.

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