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Carroll, Arthur Mitchell and Pearl Bailey. ("They're the kind of people I like to have around me," he says of his life today. "You can feel their energy.")

It was in House of Flowers that Geoffrey met his wife, the glamorous dancer, Carmen de Lavallade. Still married after twenty-one years (she is currently teaching at the Yale Drama School), they have a twenty-year-old son, Leo, who is studying dance and drama in Hartford.

Perhaps the real key to Holder's success can be found in the story of his relationship to The Wiz. three or four years ago, Ken Harper talked to Holder about his earliest ideas of doing a black version of The Wizard Of Oz. The notion delighted Holder. "If it's black, it's got to be called The Wiz," he said. "I'll draw you some costumes."
Holder went home, put on Charlie Small's music for inspiration, and in two hours had whipped off 40 drawings. "I called up Ken to come over and see them and he freaked. He freaked! He took the drawings with him when he went to Hollywood to talk to 20th Century Fox about putting up the money for the show and he came back with $750,000 in his pocket."

Geoffrey was hired on as the show's costumes designer but felt hurt when they asked someone else to choreograph. "The choreography was the whole show!" he says. The mark of the man is the way he responded when The Wiz fell apart on the road, before it got to Broadway, and they asked him to put it back together again. "The show got into big trouble in Baltimore and they started calling other directors – Hal Prince, Don McKayle and Patricia Birch – but they all turned it down. Then they finally came to me. 'With pleasure,' I said."

Holder's ability to squelch any false pride he might have experienced during that moment forged a turning point in his career. The huge success of The Wiz (seven Tony Awards) led to his current job as director, choreographer and costume designer of the new show, Timbuktu, which will star Eartha Kitt, Melba Moore, Gilbert Price and William Marshall. "Just to be able to afford stars like these is a turn-on," he says. "The producer gave me carte blanche."

The producer is Luther Davis, who,

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