Daniel Pelzig

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Guys and Dolls

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My Fair Lady




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My Fair Lady

"Telling stories through dance and letting dancers reveal their individuality are Pelzig's choreographic trademarks."
The Boston Globe

Danny Pelzig is an award-winning choreographer and director who is equally at home in theatre, opera, ballet and concert staging. The versatility of this theatre work ranges from classic and original musicals to Shakespeare plays to Gilbert and Sullivan to cabaret.

"Pelzig has a fine eye for composing stage pictures [and] a flair for collaboration with other visually minded artists."
The Boston Globe

"His choreography is as dramatically cohesive as it is visually compelling."
Dance Magazine

On Broadway, Pelzig choreographed Moisès Kaufman's 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, which he also choreographed at the La Jolla Playhouse and at the Ahmanson Theatre. 33 Variations was nominated for five Tony© awards, including Best Play. He made his Broadway debut in 2003 choreographing the new musical A Year With Frog and Toad, which was subsequently nominated for four Tony© awards, including Best Musical. That same season he choreographed the City Center Encores! production of The New Moon, directed by Gary Griffin.

Off-Broadway he had three collaborations with director Christopher Ashley: Paul Rudnick's Valhalla at New York Theatre Workshop and Newyorkers and Regrets Only at Manhattan Theatre Club. He received Lucille Lortel nominations for the first two of these shows. Also with Mr. Ashley, he choreographed the acclaimed Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration revival of Sweeney Todd starring Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell, and the cabaret revue Cabaret and Main at Williamstown Theatre Festival. He made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theatre choreographing Privates on Parade, directed by Larry Carpenter and starring Simon Jones, Jim Dale and Donna Murphy.

He directed and choreographed My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, both nominated for multiple Carbonell awards, and conceived and directed a theatre/dance piece to Adam Guettel's song cycle Myths and Hymns at University at Buffalo, while a visiting professor at that university.

In 2007, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera choreographing new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, which starred Natalie Dessay, and Iphigenie en Tauride, which starred Susan Graham and Placido Domingo. He then choreographed La Sonnambula and proudly served as associate choreographer to multiple Tony© award nominee Graciele Daniele on Armida.

Regional theatres with which he has had long and rewarding associations include:

  • Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC, where he choreographed Candide and Pericles, directed by Mary Zimmerman; Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, directed by David Muse; As You Like It directed by Maria Aitken; Measure for Measure and The Dog in a Manger directed by Jonathan Munby; Twelfth Night directed by Rebecca Taichman; Don Juan directed by Stephen Wadsworth; and Edward II directed by Gale Edwards;
  • Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, where he choreographed Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Into The Woods, Avenue X and My Fair Lady, all directed by Susan V. Booth; and
  • Huntington Theatre, Boston, where he choreographed Private Lives, directed by Maria Aitken; The Woman Warrior, directed by Sharon Ott; The Mikado, A Christmas Carol, Iolanthe, H.M.S. Pinafore, Candide, The Lady From Maxim's and Company, all directed by Larry Carpenter; and Candide, directed by Mary Zimmerman.

Other regional work includes My Fair Lady, directed by Molly Smith, at Arena Stage and the Shaw Festival; Into The Woods, directed by Moisès Kaufman at Kansas City Rep; semi-staged concert versions of Showboat and Carousel at the Hollywood Bowl; and dozens of plays and musicals at the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company.

He earned his degree in cellular biology from Columbia University and has been a visiting professor at Barnard College and the University at Buffalo and a faculty member of the New York School of Ballet.

33 Variations
33 Variations
Broadway, 2009
Frog and Toad
A Year With Frog & Toad
Broadway, 2003
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
Kennedy Center, 2002
Sweeney Todd
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christine Baranski
Goodman Thtr, 2010
Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
Metropolitan Opera, 2009