New Faces Choreographer Frank Wagner is Dead at 77

News   New Faces Choreographer Frank Wagner is Dead at 77 Frank Wagner, who choreographed Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968, the revue that helped launch Madeline Kahn and Robert Klein, died Sept. 12 in Fort Myers, FL, The New York Times reported.

Frank Wagner, who choreographed Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968, the revue that helped launch Madeline Kahn and Robert Klein, died Sept. 12 in Fort Myers, FL, The New York Times reported.

Mr. Wagner, who was 77, taught modern dance movement for 25 years at the International School of Dance at Carnegie Hall, working with Broadway stars and future stars.

He also directed and choreographed productions of Damn Yankees (with Joe Namath), West Side Story and The Sound of Music at Jones Beach Theater. He was also a director-choreographer for Julius Monk's New York City cabaret, Upstairs at the Downstairs.

In recent years, he lived and worked on Sanibel Island, on Florida's gulf coast. He was an arts writer for a weekly paper there.

The cause of death, according to family members, was multiple myeloma, The Times reported. Survivors include his wife, Marsha Reynolds, daughter Lisa Wagner Lieb, brothers Cecil and Jerry, sister Rhoda Triplett and two grandchildren.

-- By Kenneth Jones