Paddystone

Paddy Stone (1924-1986) was a Canadian-born dancer and choreographer who choreographed three Julie Andrews specials with the Muppets: Julie on Sesame Street (including the opening chorus line of grouches in trashcans), Julie: My Favorite Things, and Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring.

Stone began his dance career with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and spent a brief stint on Broadway as a chorus boy in Annie Get Your Gun. He moved to London with the Sadler's Wells Ballet and joined the West End Annie Get Your Gun as Iron Tail and the native ceremonial dancer for "The Wild Horse." He also danced in Brigadoon (as Harry). By 1951, he had formed a trio with Irving Davies and Beryl Kaye, called "Three's Company," and they appeared in the 1955 Broadway revue Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure... He choreographed and appeared in British musical comedies (with and without Davies and Kaye) including As Long as They're Happy, Value for Money, The Good Companions, and The Six-Five Special (with Petula Clark and Cleo Laine).

Stone directed the Kenneth Williams revue Pieces of Eight and continued to choreograph for stage and television (the series Music Hall. For the 1970 film musical Scrooge, he staged the musical numbers and played the silent Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. He later worked with Blake Edwards, choreographing S.O.B. (where he also played a carnival barker) and Victor Victoria.

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