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Peter Gennaro (1984)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-01-23

Duration: 00:26:49

Subjects: Gennaro, Peter, 1919-2000 | Choreographers | Dance | Musical Theater | Arts


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Grigsby-Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Gennaro, Peter Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from January 23, 1984, features an interview with Peter Gennaro conducted by Gus Weill. Gennaro, a native of Metairie, is a famous dancer and a Tony Award-winning choreographer. He discusses: his childhood and Italian parents; his time in India with the military, where he began his dancing career; his job with the Chicago-based San Carlo Opera Company, where he met his wife; his work as a choreographer on “West Side Story” and “Annie”; and his work with the Rockettes, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, Perry Como, Fred Astaire, and Ed Sullivan.