1999 Tony Nominees: Walter Bobbie & Dean Pitchford (Book, Musical, Footloose)

Tony Awards   1999 Tony Nominees: Walter Bobbie & Dean Pitchford (Book, Musical, Footloose)
 
Walter Bobbie and Dean Pitchford have been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for their work on Footloose.
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Walter Bobbie and Dean Pitchford have been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for their work on Footloose.

Pitchford wrote the screenplay for the 1984 film, "Footloose," the basis for the new Broadway staging. He was born and raised in Hawaii and attended Yale. He performed in Godspell Off-Broadway, Pippin on Broadway, and in more than 100 commercials. He wrote lyrics to a handful of huge pop hits in the 1980s: "Fame," "Footloose," "Let's Hear It For the Boy," all of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

Bobbie conceived and directed It's a Grand Night for Singing, the Rodgers and Hammerstein cabaret revue that moved to Broadway. He was a previous Tony winner for his direction of the revival of Chicago.

As an actor, Bobbie appeared as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the Jerry Zaks Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls and played in numerous other Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, from Driving Miss Daisy to Assassins to I Love My Wife.

He first staged Chicago in 1996 for a concert revival by City Center's Encores! series and then for Broadway and international tours.

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