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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 09:51:32pm
In reply to: Facebook 's message, "Tommy Rall, dancer dies at 90" on Wednesday, October 07, 04:10:59am

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...It is with great sadness to announce that Triple Threat Artist Tommy Rall has passed away this evening in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Mr. Rall represented everything that all artists try to achieve and that is to be a household name across all aspects of performance. He will be missed by all and was a talented man and artist; we are now left with memories of his strength and greatness.

Tommy Rall and Ann Miller in Kiss Me Kate, 1953, performing, Why Canít You Behave.

Choreographer: Hermes Pan.
Assistant Choreographer: Alex Romero (Uncredited).
Mr. Rall is a multi talented artist, choreographer, ballet, tap and acrobatic dancer, from performing with Ballet Companies, Broadway, Movies and TV.

As a young child Mr. Rall found it difficult to read for long periods due to being crossed eyed. His Mother ended up enrolling him in to dance lessons in Seattle, WA to help with his co ordination. He started out in a Vaudeville act a dancer/acrobat in the Seattle theaters. Eventually he would have his eyes corrected from further exercises prescribed by the then Doctor.

At age of 14 (1943), Mr. Rall joined and performed with Ballet Theater Company (Now American Ballet Theatre) for about 3 years, eventually becoming a Soloist during that time.

Then in 1946 he would feature as a soloist and in the ensemble on Broadway in Jerome Robbins production of Fancy Free and Interplay. In 1947 he decided to leave the ballet world for the Theater/Broadway. It was not long before he was back on Broadway in Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'! 1948, choreography by Mr. Robbins. Mr. Rall appeared in a total of nine Broadway productions.

Concurrent with the Broadway show, Call Me Madam, 1950/1952, Mr. Rall was also busy as the choreographer and performer on the TV Show, The Faye Emerson Show.

Besides appearing in Kiss Me Kate, which gave him his first screen credits, prior to this movie Mr. Rall had several films to his name that went uncredited. He has over 2 dozen credits to his name on the screen, such as but not limited to, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954. My Sister Eileen, 1955. Invitation to the Dance, 1956. And in the later years, Funny Girl, 1968, Fame TV Series, 1984, and in the 1981 movie Pennies from Heaven, you can watch Mr. Rall along with Robert Fitch and Steve Martin tap dance. Mr. Rall also makes an appearance in the documentary, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, 2016.

As a Tenor during the 1960ís Mr. Rall carved out a successful career as Opera singer performing with Opera Company of Boston, New York City Opera, and the American National Opera Company.

He was a member of the dance faculty at the University of Washington for several years.

Mr. Rall was also part of the very successful Universal Studios ďJiviní Jacks and JillsĒ in 1942, which was under the control of Choreographer Louis DaPron.

He met his future wife Prima Ballerina Karel Shimoff whilst both were performing with Ballet Theater Company. They went on to marry in 1967.

Mr. Rallís only award nomination and win came in 1959 at the 10th Outer Critics Circle Award, for Best Musical Performance in Juno, 1959. (Staged by Josť Ferrer; Choreographed by Agnes De Mille)

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Classic Rall (last survivor) scenes with Ann Miller from "Kiss Me Kate". ...VIDEOWednesday, October 07, 09:56:51pm

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