Saturday, July 31, 2021

‘The Wiz’ Choreographer George Faison Arrested in Manhattan for DUI

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George Faison
George Faison

*Tony Award-winning dancer and choreographer George Faison was taken into police custody after he was caught driving under the influence early Friday near his Harlem home.

According to the New York Daily News, court docs say Faison was driving his Audi Q3 on 12th Ave. and St. Clair Place in Manhattanville around 2:15 a.m. when cops pulled him over.

The dance legend was slurring his speech and unsteady on his feet, court papers stated. In a Breathalyzer test, Faison’s blood-alcohol content was 0.16%, double the legal limit for driving.

“Things happen in life that you don’t control,” Faison told The News in a phone interview Saturday. “It’s just being able to get in control of those things. Whether it’s grief, alcohol or drugs.”

Faison won a Tony in 1975 for his choreography of “The Wiz,” becoming the first African-American choreographer to win the prize in that category.

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