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Press Release 6/6/20

(Kent, Connecticut) –House of Books and Kent Memorial Library are excited to announce the rescheduling of a book talk and virtual signing by award winning Bob Avian. Co-author Tom Santopietro will interview Kent resident, noted choreographer Bob Avian as they discuss their new book Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey. The book is a memoir of Avian’s dazzling life story in three acts. Act I reveals the origins of one of Broadway’s legendary choreographers who appeared onstage with stars like Barbra Streisand and Mary Martin all before he was thirty. Act II includes teaching Katharine Hepburn how to sing and dance in Coco and working with Stephen Sondheim and Michael Bennett while helping to choreograph the original productions of Company and Follies. During this time, Avian won a Tony Award as the co-choreographer of A Chorus Line and produced the spectacular Tony Award–winning Dreamgirls. For a triumphant third act, Avian choreographed Julie Andrews’s return to the New York stage, devised all of the musical staging for Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard, and directed A Chorus Line on Broadway. He worked with the biggest names on Broadway, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Burnett, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, and Glenn Close.

“Bob is so modest about his incredible accomplishments that I was the one who had to insist we write a book about his career. It was a great experience to work with Bob; with both of us having worked on Broadway for a long time, as Bob said, we speak the same language!” recalls author and friend of Avian’s, Tom Santopietro.

Santopietro is the author of eight books, including Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey, Sinatra in Hollywood, Considering Doris Day (New York Times “Editor’s Choice”), the best selling Sound of Music Story, and Why To Kill a Mockingbird MattersHe lectures nationwide on classic films, interviews celebrity authors and has managed over thirty Broadway shows during the past twenty-five years.

The Kent Memorial Library and House of Books are proud to present this first book-launch event, ever, in celebration of the newly published book. This presentation will be seen on Zoom on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Please register for your Zoom instructions.

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House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. All Children’s programming for 2020 is sponsored by a generous gift in honor of Allan Priaulx. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut, 860-927-3761. Visit for more information.