Ron Field
Born(1933-10-18)October 18, 1933
DiedFebruary 6, 1989(1989-02-06) (aged 55)
New York City, U.S.
  • Choreographer
  • dancer
  • director

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

Life and career

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

Awards and nominations



  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