Onna White

Onna White, who found a quarter century of work in the male-dominated world of Broadway choreography, died April 8, 2005, of natural causes, according to her daughter Jeanne Douglas. She was 83. Ms. White collected eight Tony Award nominations over her long career, the first for her choreography of the classic musical The Music Man in 1958, with its memorably humorous "Marian the Librian" number, and the last for 1977’s I Love My Wife, one of her final assignments. In between came Whoop-Up, Take Me Along, Irma La Douce, Half a Sixpence, Mame and Ilya Darling. In fact, she was recognized by the Tony people roughly two out of three times she graced a Broadway program’s title page. However, she never won the award.

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  • Born: Mar 24, 1922 in Inverness, Nova Scotia
  • Death: Apr 8, 2005

Awards

Tony Award
1977 Choreography I Love My Wife Nominee
1968 Choreography Illya Darling Nominee
1966 Choreography Mame Nominee
1965 Choreography Half a Sixpence Nominee
1961 Choreography Irma La Douce Nominee
1960 Choreography Take Me Along Nominee
1959 Choreography Whoop-Up Nominee
1958 Choreography The Music Man Nominee