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Daniele, Graciela 1939-

Daniele, Graciela 1939-

PERSONAL

Born December 8, 1939, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; immigrated to the United States, 1963; daughter of Raul and Rosa (an actress and government secretary; maiden name, Almoina) Daniele; married Jules Fisher (a lighting designer). Education: Theatre Colon (Buenos Aires, Argentina), arts degree; studied jazz dance with Matt Mattox in New York City. Avocational Interests: Gardening.

Addresses:

Agent—Abrams Artists Agency, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1130, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career:

Choreographer and director. Assistant to choreographers, including Michael Bennett, Alan Johnson, and Bob Fosse; associate director, then resident director, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City. Also a judge for dance competitions and participated in awards presentations.

Member:

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (member of executive board, 1985).

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best choreography, Drama Desk Award nomination, and Los Angeles Critics Award, all 1981, for The Pirates of Penzance; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best choreography, 1984, for The Rink; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best choreography, 1986, for The Mystery of Edwin Drood; San Diego Theatre Critics Award, best road show, 1989, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best choreography, 1990, for Dangerous Games; Antoinette Perry Award nominations, best choreography and best director of a musical, both 1991, for Once on This Island; American Choreography Award, outstanding achievement in feature film, 1996, for Mighty Aphrodite; American Choreography Award, outstanding achievement in feature film, 1997, for Everyone Says I Love You; Mr. Abbott Award, outstanding achievement by a director/choreographer, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, 1998; Astaire Award, Theatre Development Fund, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, and Drama Desk Award nomination, all best choreography, and Joseph A. Callaway Award (with Frank Galati), best direction and choreography, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, all 1998, for Ragtime; Raul Julia Founders Award, Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, 2002; inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, 2005; Lucille Lortel Award nomination, outstanding choreographer, 2006, for Bernarda Alba.

CREDITS

Stage Choreographer:

Yerma, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (musical), Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, Brooklyn, New York City, 1976-77.

A Lady Needs a Change, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1978.

Twelfth Night; or, What You Will (also known as Twelfth Night), American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT, 1978.

I Remember Mama (musical), Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1979.

The Most Happy Fella (musical), Majestic Theatre, 1979.

Girls, Girls, Girls, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Other Stage, New York City, 1980.

Alice in Concert (musical), New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Anspacher Theater, New York City, 1980-81.

The Pirates of Penzance (opera), New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, New York City, 1980, Uris Theatre, New York City, 1981, Minskoff Theatre, New York City, 1981-82.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1982.

Zorba (musical), Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1983-84.

The Rink (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1984.

America's Sweetheart (musical), Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT, 1984-85.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (musical; later known as Drood), New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1985, and Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1985-87.

The Knife, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, 1987.

Tango Apasionado (dance production), Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1987.

Dangerous Games (dance production), Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1989, also produced elsewhere, including the American Music Theater Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA.

In a Pig's Valise (musical), Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Die Fledermaus (opera), Opera Company of Boston, Boston, MA, 1990.

Once on This Island (musical), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1990-91.

The Snow Ball, Hartford Stage, later Old Globe, San Diego, CA, both 1991.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (music and dance production), Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Dancing on Her Knees, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, LuEsther Hall, New York City, 1996.

A New Brain (musical), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 1998.

Ragtime (musical), Ford Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, 1998-2000.

Marie Christine (musical), Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1999-2000.

Annie Get Your Gun (musical), Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1999-2001.

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Little Fish (musical), Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Dessa Rose (musical), Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, 2005.

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Old Globe, 2005, and Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York City, 2005-2006.

Bernarda Alba (musical; also known as Bernarda Alba: A Musical), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 2006.

The Glorious Ones (musical), Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007, and Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, beginning 2007.

Also choreographer for other productions, including Naughty Marietta (operetta), New York City Opera.

Stage Work; Musical Stager:

A History of the American Film (musical), American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, New York City, 1978.

The Goodbye Girl (musical), Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Ragtime (musical), Ford Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, 1998-2000.

The Pirate Queen (musical), Hilton Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Stage Choreographer's Assistant:

Follies (musical), Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1971-72.

So Long, 174th Street (musical), Harkness Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Stage Director:

Tango Apasionado (dance production), Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1987.

Dangerous Games (dance production), Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1989, also produced elsewhere, including the American Music Theater Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA.

In a Pig's Valise (musical), Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Once on This Island (musical), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1990-91.

Falsetto Land (one-act musical) [and] March of the Falsettos (one-act musical; both musicals produced as part of a double-bill), Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT, 1991.

Hello Again (musical), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 1994.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (music and dance production), Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Dancing on Her Knees, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, LuEsther Hall, New York City, 1996.

A New Brain (musical), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 1998.

Marie Christine (musical), Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1999-2000.

Annie Get Your Gun (musical), Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1999-2001.

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Elegies—A Song Cycle (also known as Elegies), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 2003.

Little Fish (musical), Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Dessa Rose (musical), Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, 2005.

Bernarda Alba (musical; also known as Bernarda Alba: A Musical), Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 2006.

The Glorious Ones (musical), Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007, and Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, beginning 2007.

Stage Work; Creator:

Tango Apasionado (dance production; based on the work of Jorge Luis Borges), Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1987.

Dangerous Games (dance production), Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1989, also produced elsewhere, including the American Music Theater Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (music and dance production; based on the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez), Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Stage Work; Other:

Dance captain, Chicago (musical), 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1975-77.

Production supervisor, Rendezvous with Romance (dance production), Joyce Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Movement consultant, Elaine Stritch at Liberty (solo show), Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Creative consultant, Barbara Cook's "Broadway!" (concert), Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 2004.

Daniele and Jules Fisher produced a workshop of the musical Marie Christine. Also worked on other productions, including three ballets for the Ballet Hispanico of New York, 1989-91.

Stage Appearances:

Aida (opera), c. 1946.

Rita Rio, What Makes Sammy Run? (musical), 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1964-65.

Faith and member of the ensemble, Here's Where I Belong (musical), Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Clancy's employee and intern's date, Promises, Promises (musical), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1968-69.

Dancer, Oklahoma! (musical), Lincoln Center, New York State Theater, New York City, 1969.

Claire, Coco (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1969-70.

Young Vanessa, singer, and dancer, Follies (musical), Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1971-72.

Hunyak, Chicago (musical), 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1975-77.

Appeared in other productions; performed as a ballet dancer with Opera Ballet of Nice, France prior to 1964.

Major Tours:

Mariposa, El Maleficio de la Mariposa, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, city parks in New York City, 1970.

Film Choreographer:

The Pirates of Penzance (also known as The Slave of Duty, I pirati di Penzance, Os piratas de Penzance, and Piratii din Penzance), Universal, 1982.

Haunted Honeymoon, Orion, 1986.

Driving Me Crazy (documentary), 1988, First Run Features, 1990.

Additional choreography, Naked Tango (also known as Kielletty tango, Nackter Tango, Nagie tango, Tango desnudo, and Tango nudo), 1990, New Line Cinema, 1991.

Bullets over Broadway, Miramax, 1994.

Mighty Aphrodite (also known as Aphrodita Ha-Gdolla, Geliebte Aphrodite, Hatalmas Aphrodite, La dea dell'amore, Maudite Aphrodite, Mig og Afrodite, Mogocna Afrodita, Paa tal om Afrodite, Poderosa Afrodita, Poderosa Afrodite, Rakkauden jumalatar, and Sevimli fahise), Buena Vista/Miramax, 1995.

Everyone Says I Love You (musical; also known as Woody Allen Fall Project 1995, Alla saeger I love you, Alle sagen—I love you, Alle siger I love you, Herkes seni seviyorum der, Kolam Omrim Ani Ohev Otach, Oloi lene s'agapo, Toda a gente diz quie te amo, Todos dicen I Love You, Todos dicen que te amo, Todos dicen te quiero, Todos dizem eu te amo, Tout le monde dit—I love you, Tutti dicono I love you, and Varazsige: I Love You), Miramax, 1996.

Film Appearances:

Herself, Driving Me Crazy (documentary), 1988, First Run Features, 1990.

Herself (judge), Mad Hot Ballroom (documentary), Paramount Classics, 2005.

Television Choreographer; Movies:

Mirrors, NBC, 1985.

Television Choreographer; Specials:

"The Most Happy Fella," Great Performances, PBS, 1980.

Alice at the Palace (musical), NBC, c. 1982.

"My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," Great Performances, PBS, 2001.

Television Work; Other; Specials:

Musical stager, "Creating ‘Ragtime,’" Great Performances, PBS, 1998.

Stage director, "My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," Great Performances, PBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Herself, Broadway: The American Musical, PBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, "On the Move: The Central Ballet of China," Great Performances, PBS, 1988.

Herself, "Creating ‘Ragtime,’" Great Performances, PBS, 1998.

WRITINGS

Writings for the Stage:

Spanish lyrics, Working (musical; based on the work of Studs Terkel), 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1978, originally produced at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL.

(With Jim Lewis) Tango Apasionado (dance production; based on the work of Jorge Luis Borges), Westbeth Theatre Center, New York City, 1987.

(With Lewis) Dangerous Games (dance production), Nederlander Theatre, New York City, 1989, also produced elsewhere, including the American Music Theater Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, and the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA.

(With Lewis) Chronicle of a Death Foretold (music and dance production; based on the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez), Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1995.

(With others) My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Teleplays; Episodic:

(With others) "My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," Great Performances, PBS, 2001.

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Notable Hispanic American Women, Book 1, Gale Research, 1993.

Periodicals:

American Theatre, April, 2003, pp. 32-36; March, 2005, p. 72.

Dance, September, 1999, p. 64.

Nuestro, August/September, 1981, pp. 63-64.

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