Ron Field

Ronald Field (October 18, 1933 – February 6, 1989) was an American choreographer, director, and dancer.

Ronald Field
BornOctober 18, 1933
DiedFebruary 6, 1989(1989-02-06) (aged 55–56)
OccupationChoreographer, dancer


Field was born in New York City, New York where he made his Broadway debut as a child in Lady in the Dark (1941) with Gertrude Lawrence. He later danced in the ensembles of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Kismet (1954), and The Boy Friend (1955) before deciding to concentrate on choreography. His first two efforts Nowhere But Up (1962) and Cafe Crown (1964) were unsuccessful, but in 1966 he won his first Tony Award for his dazzling work in the hit Cabaret, the first of several noteworthy successes.

During rehearsals for Stephen Sondheim's trouble-plagued Merrily We Roll Along in 1981, Field was dismissed from the creative team.[1][2]

It wasn't until a revival of Cabaret in 1987 that he would have another Broadway success.

In addition to his work on Broadway, Field staged such diverse projects as Las Vegas nightclub acts, the 44th Annual Academy Awards telecast in 1972, Pinocchio (a 1976 TV special starring Sandy Duncan), a Hollywood Bowl concert and television special with Bette Midler in 1977, the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and an acclaimed revival of Kiss Me, Kate in London's West End. He also choreographed Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (1977).

On February 6, 1989, Field died of brain lesions in New York City at the age of fifty-five.[3] [4]

Stage credits

  • 1987 Cabaret (Choreography)
  • 1986 Rags (Choreography)
  • 1980 Perfectly Frank (Choreography)
  • 1978 King of Hearts (Choreography and Direction)
  • 1971 On the Town (Choreography and Direction)
  • 1970 Applause (Choreography and Direction)
  • 1968 Zorba (Choreography)
  • 1966 Cabaret (Choreography)
  • 1964 Cafe Crown (Choreography)
  • 1962 Nowhere to Go But Up (Choreography)

Awards and nominations

  • 1967 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Cabaret
  • 1970 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Applause
  • 1970 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Applause
  • 1977 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography – America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music
  • 1978 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography – The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots
  • 1969 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Zorba
  • 1973 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy, Variety or Music – Once Upon a Mattress
  • 1980 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography – Baryshnikov on Broadway
  • 1987 Tony Award for Best Choreography – Rags


  1. "'Merrily We Roll' Gets A New Choreographer" The New York Times, October 24, 1981
  2. Klemesrud, Judy. "Prince: 'There Were More Changes Than I'm Used To'" The New York Times, November 15, 1981
  3. "Award-Winning Choreographer Ron Field Dies" Los Angeles Times, February 10, 1989
  4. Dunning, Jennifer. "Ron Field, a Tony Award Winner For His Choreography, Dies at 55" The New York Times, February 7, 1989
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