John Hemmer Archive

Lawrence Merritt

emerged from a small apple orchard town in upstate New York, where his imagination found drawing. School drama and glee clubs, along with visits to the local cinema where he watched Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, would influence his life’s direction. After a full scholarship at a performing arts school, Lawrence headed to New York City where he danced everywhere from small clubs, to Broadway productions to the big screen, working in New York, Vegas, Hollywood and Paris. Under choreographer, Ron Lewis, he danced at Lou Walters’ World Famous Latin Quarter. Credits include, On-Broadway, PIPPIN; EVITA; NO STRINGS, Off-Broadway, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING; THE WINTER’S TALE. Lawrence toured with Ann-Margret, Ginger Rogers, and Raquel Welch and also danced at the Casino de Paris in both Paris and at the Dunes in Vegas. He’s appeared in the films MAME (1974) and NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977). Lawrence remains active in New York theatre.