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Nicholas Dante
Born Conrado Morales
November 22, 1941(1941 -11-22)
Manhattan, New York City New York, United States
Died May 21, 1991 (aged 49)
Manhattan, New York City New York, United States
Nationality Puerto Rican-American
Related to Mary Morales (mother)
Magnum opus A Chorus Line
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1976)
Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (1976)
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical (1976)

Nicholas Dante (November 22, 1941[1] - May 21, 1991[2]) was an American dancer and writer, best known for the hit musical A Chorus Line.

Born Conrado Morales in New York City to Puerto Rican parents[3], Dante's early career was spent dancing in the chorus of Broadway musicals such as Applause and Ambassador. In 1975, he was approached by friend Michael Bennett, who invited him to collaborate with James Kirkwood, Jr. on the book of a musical about Broadway "gypsies," the dancers who serve as a backdrop for the leading performers. The result was A Chorus Line, which earned him the 1976 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

He also authored a screenplay, Fake Lady, and a stage musical based on the life of entertainer Al Jolson entitled Jolson Tonite, but never again achieved the success he did with A Chorus Line.

Dante died on May 21, 1991 from AIDS-related complications in New York City.[2]


Preceded by
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
for A Chorus Line
Succeeded by
Thomas Meehan
for Annie


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