Choreographer Breaux dead at 89

by Walter Pierce

The Carencro native and UL alumnus rose to prominence via his work on Mary Poppins' and The Sound of Music.'

Choreographer Marc Breaux, right, rehearses with Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.

Celebrated choreographer Marc Breaux, a Carencro native and Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now UL Lafayette) alumnus who made an indelible mark on Hollywood musicals through his work on such classics as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, has died.

Once part of a team with his then wife Dee Dee Wood, Breaux passed away last Tuesday (Nov. 19) at an assisted living facility in Mesa, Ariz., where he had been in frail health. He helped transform lanky comedian Dick Van Dyke into the dusty, rustic Bert in Mary Poppins and also worked choreographed Van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the couple's work later with Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music raised the bar for sweeping movie musicals.

Read The Los Angeles Times' account of the Cajun choreographer's remarkable life and work here.