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Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle was born on July 6, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Cohen McKayle. He is known for his work on Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Jazz Singer (1980) and The Great White Hope (1970). He is married to Lea Vivante. They have three children. See full bio »

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Known For

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Miscellaneous Crew
The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer Miscellaneous Crew
The Great White Hope
The Great White Hope Miscellaneous Crew
Free to Be... You & Me
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 1989 Private Debts (Short) (choreographer)
 1980 The Jazz Singer (choreographer - as Don McKayle)
 1979 The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) (choreographer)
 1978 Cindy (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1977 The Richard Pryor Special? (TV Special) (choreographer)
 1977 The 49th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (choreographer)
 1977 Minstrel Man (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1974 Free to Be... You & Me (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1972 The New Bill Cosby Show (TV Series) (choreographer)
 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks (choreographer)
 1970 The Great White Hope (choreographer)
 1969 Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman (TV Special) (choreography)
 1968 T.C.B. (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1968 Soul (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1966 Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (TV Movie) (choreographer)
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Other Works:

He choreographed the ballet, "Black New World," in a William Louther and Company production at the Strand Theatre in London, England.

Alternate Names:

Don McKayle

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Has been nominated for Broadway's Tony Award five times: four times as Best Choreographer: in 1965 for "Golden Boy," in 1974 for "Raisin," in 1975 for "Doctor Jazz" and in 1981, shared with 'Henry le Tan' and Michael Smuin, for "Sophisticated Ladies;" and as Best Director (Musical) in 1974 for "Raisin." He has yet to win.

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