Rob Marshall, warm and sincere, has some superb Gypsy credentials.  Born in Wisconsin, raised in Pittsburgh, he joined a theatre group at the age of 12.  Entered Carnegie Mellon University to seek a degree in musical theatre.  He took a break after his sophomore year to tour with A Chorus Line. Back to school to finish and then, degree in hand, he was off to NYC to join the 'gypsy' ranks. Zorba, his first job was followed by The Rink in which he moved up to dance captain and then came Cats. A serious accident forced him to reconsider career moves.

   Rob gracefully segued into choreography. Kiss of the Spider Woman was his first assignment. Damn Yankees soon followed and direction was not far behind. Victor/Victoria, Little Me, Company and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum were a mixture of choreography or chreography/direction efforts. Cabaret was the most successful of these and Rob comments that when you hit, you hit and perhaps he spread himself a bit thin.  TV assignments Mrs. Santa Claus and Cinderella came along and Annie, the most highly rated show of the year, brought Rob an Emmy.

   Having been brought up on movie musicals with Mary Poppins being the first, dreams of making films were an internal constant.  Quoting Rob, "Whenever I'm doing something for the stage, I think, How would they do it in a movie?  It opens my mind up.  the possibilities are endless on film.  And the editing room is a joy.  I'm anxious to get back behind a camera."  Landing Chicago took years.  He was set as choreographer, but other directors were under consideration.   Eventually Rob put his concept on the table... to get into Roxie's head to tell the story, warts and all.  It worked! Chicago is an enormous success, winning myriad awards, including the Oscar for best musical film.  Future efforts are a mystery, but surely the movie musical has achieved new legs.

(video of this AWARDS LUNCHEON available)