Broadway Director: Susan Stroman

From the high lifts in Contact to the pratfalls in The Producers, she puts the joy back in musicals

Stro--that's what everyone calls Susan Stroman--really understands that theater is about giving the audience a complete show. She knows about lighting, sets, costumes, you name it. Even when she was growing up in Wilmington, Del., whenever she heard music, she would picture hordes of people dancing through her head. Her biggest influences back then were the old black-and-white Fred Astaire movies. Her father was a great pianist, and Shall We Dance? and The Gay Divorcee were treated as works of art in her house. Those are movies that really blow the dust off your soul and wake you to the joy...

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