Hamilton Receives A Record-Setting 16 Tony Nominations
Hamilton has made Tony Awards history. Photo by Joan Marcus, Courtesy Hamilton.
The 2016 Tony Award nominees have been announced. And, unsurprisingly, everyone's favorite musical that they've never seen, Hamilton, swept the ballots. In all, the show is up for 13 categories—every single one that involved musical theater, except revivals. And with multiple nominations in some, Hamilton has 16 shots at winning—the most in Broadway history.
Even if you can't get tickets to the show, you can read all about the ensemble bringing the historic production to life—and what its runaway success might mean for dance on Broadway—in Dance Magazine's June issue. Go to dancemagazine.com/hamilton to pre-order your copy.
Who is Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler's competition in the Best Choreography category? It's a mix of people that touch on many different styles of dance. There's Savion Glover, who brought true rhythm tap back to Broadway with Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; Randy Skinner, with classic show tap that Broadway thrives on, in Dames at Sea; Hofesh Shechter's humanistic modern dance moves for Fiddler on the Roof; and Sergio Trujillo's authentic Cuban dances in On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. If anything, it's wonderful to see so many corners of the dance world meet on Broadway.
Here is the full list of musical nominees:
School of Rock - The Musical
Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Best Book of a Musical
Steve Martin for Bright Star
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton
Julian Fellowes for School of Rock - The Musical
George C. Wolfe for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Bright Star (Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Lyrics: Edie Brickell)
Hamilton (Music and lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda)
School of Rock - The Musical (Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Glenn Slater)
Waitress (Music and lyrics: Sara Bareilles)
Best Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman for School of Rock - The Musical
Danny Burstein for Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi for She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr. for Hamilton
Best Performance By an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti for She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack for Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo for The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller for Waitress
Phillipa Soo for Hamilton
Best Performance By an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs for Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald for Waitress
Jonathan Groff for Hamilton
Christopher Jackson for Hamilton
Best Performance By an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks for The Color Purple
Renée Ellse Goldsberry for Hamilton
Jane Krakowski for She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard for Disaster!
Adrienne Warren for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Es Devlin and Finn Ross for American Psycho
David Korins for Hamilton
Santo Loquasto for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell for She Loves Me
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes for Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshle for She Loves Me
Ann Roth for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell for Hamilton
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley for Hamilton
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton for Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend for American Psycho
Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden for Spring Awakening
John Doyle for The Color Purple
Scott Ellis for She Loves Me
Thomas Kall for Hamilton
George C. Wolfe for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton
Savion Glover for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter for Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner for Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo for On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
August Eriksmoen for Bright Star
Larry Hochman for She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire for Hamilton
Daryl Waters for Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
See the full list of musical and play nominees here. James Corden of "The Late Late Show" will host this year's Tony Awards, airing on CBS on June 12 at 8/7 central.
Choosing music for your first-ever choreography commission can feel daunting enough. But when you're asked to create a ballet using the vast discography of the Rolling Stones—and you happen to be dating Stones frontman Mick Jagger—the stakes are even higher.
So it's understandable that as of Monday, American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, whose Port Rouge will have its U.S. premiere tonight at the Youth America Grand Prix gala, was still torn about which songs to include.
The way we create and consume dance is changing every day. Now more than ever, the field demands that dancers not only be able to perform at the highest level, but also collaborate with choreographers to bring their artistic visions to life. Dancers who miss out on choreographic training may very well find themselves at a disadvantage as they try to launch their careers.
What is an acceptable request from a choreographer in terms of nudity? On the first day of shooting All That Jazz in the 1970s, Bob Fosse asked us men to remove everything but our jock straps and the women to remove their tops. His rationale was to shock us in order to build character, and it felt disloyal to refuse. Would this behavior be considered okay today?
As much as audiences might flock to Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, ballet can't only rely on old war horses if it wants to remain relevant. But building new full-lengths from scratch isn't exactly cheap.
So where can companies find the money?
It's not often that a promising choreographer gets to stage work in a world-class theater, on a skillfully-curated program with professional dancers, and with the possibility of winning a substantial cash prize. But at the McCallum Theatre's Palm Desert Choreography Festival, that's been the status quo for over twenty years.
Since Shea New, the festival's artistic director, founded the festival in 1998, she's worked tirelessly with McCallum's director of education and festival producer, Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, and stage manager and festival production manager Joanna Fookes to build a festival that nurtures choreographers, highlights high quality work, powerfully engages the local community and cultivates an audience base for dance in the Coachella Valley. The trio is backed by a strong team of professionals at McCallum and the brilliant volunteers from the local and national level who serve as adjudicators.
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Today—April 16, 2019—marks what would have been Merce Cunningham's 100th birthday. As dancers from Los Angeles to New York City to London gear up for Night of 100 Solos (the marathon performance event being livestreamed today), and as companies and presenters worldwide continue to celebrate the Cunningham Centennial through their programming, we searched through the Dance Magazine Archives to unearth our favorite images of the groundbreaking dancemaker.
A bright disposition with a dab of astringent charm is how I remember Brock Hayhoe, a National Ballet School of Canada schoolmate. Because we were a couple years apart, we barely brushed shoulders, except at the odd Toronto dance party where we could dance all night with mutual friends letting our inhibitions subside through the music. Dancing always allows a deeper look.
But, as my late great ballet teacher Pyotr Pestov told me when I interviewed him for Dance Magazine in 2009, "You never know what a flower is going to look like until it opens up."
One night. Three cities. Seventy-five dancers. And three unique sets of 100 solos, all choreographed by Merce Cunningham.
This incredible evening of dance will honor Cunningham's 100th birthday on April 16. The Merce Cunningham Trust has teamed up with The Barbican in London, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City and the Center for the Art of Performance in Los Angeles for a tri-city celebration.
The best part? You don't have to be in those cities to watch—Night of 100 Solos is being live-streamed in its entirety for free.
When George Balanchine's full-length Don Quixote premiered in 1965, critics and audiences alike viewed the ballet as a failure. Elaborate scenery and costumes framed mawkish mime passages, like one in which the ballerina washed the Don's feet and dried them with her hair. Its revival in 2005 by Suzanne Farrell, the ballerina on whom it was made and to whom Balanchine left the work, did little to alter its reputation.
Yet at New York City Center's Balanchine festival last fall, some regretted its absence.
"I'd want to see Balanchine's Don Quixote," says Apollinaire Scherr, dance critic for the Financial Times. "It was a labor of love on his part, and a love letter as well. And you want to know what that looks like in his work."
Even great choreographers make mistakes. Sometimes they fail on a grand scale, like Don Quixote; other times it may be a minor misstep. Experiment and risk help choreographers grow, but what happens when a choreographer of stature misfires? Should the work remain in the repertory? And what about a work that fails on some levels but not others?
After the horrific March 15 terrorist attacks at two New Zealand mosques, the music and arts community sprang into action to plan a way to help victims and their families. A series of resulting concerts, titled "You Are Us/Aroha Nui," will take place in New Zealand (April 13 and 17), Jersey City, New Jersey (April 17) and Los Angeles (April 18). Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Our People, Our City Fund, which was established by the Christchurch Foundation to aid those affected by the attacks.
Throughout 2019, the Merce Cunningham Trust continues a global celebration that will be one of the largest tributes to a dance artist ever. Under the umbrella of the Merce Cunningham Centennial are classes and workshops, film screenings and festivals, art exhibitions and symposia, and revivals and premieres of original works inspired by the dancemaker's ideas. The fever peaks on April 16, which would have been the pioneering choreographer's 100th birthday, with Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, featuring a total of 75 dancers in three performances live-streamed from London, Los Angeles and New York City.
Cloud & Victory gets dancers. The dancewear brand's social media drools over Roberto Bolle's abs, sets classical variations to Beyoncé and moans over Mondays and long adagios. And it all comes from the mind of founder Tan Li Min, the boss lady who takes on everything from designs to inventory to shipping orders.
Known simply (and affectionately) to the brand's 41K Instagram followers as Min, she's used her wry, winking sense of humor to give the Singapore-based C&V international cachet.
She recently spoke with Dance Magazine about building the brand, overcoming insecurity and using pizza as inspiration.
The Ballet Memphis New American Dance Residency, which welcomes selected choreographers for its inaugural iteration next week, goes a step beyond granting space, time and dancers for the development of new work.
This is huge news, so we'll get straight to it:
We now (finally!) know who'll be appearing onscreen alongside Ariana DeBose and the other previously announced leads in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story, choreographed by Justin Peck. Unsurprisingly, the Sharks/Jets cast list includes some of the best dancers in the industry.
The pleasure of watching prodigies perform technical feats on Instagram can be tinged with a sense of trepidation. Impressive tricks, you think, but do they have what it takes for an actual career?
Just look at 18-year-old Maria Khoreva, who has more followers than most seasoned principals; in videos, her lines and attention to detail suggested a precocious talent, and led to a Nike ambassador contract before she even graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Still, when she joined the Mariinsky Ballet last summer, there was no guarantee any of it would translate to stage prowess.
What's next for the dance world? Our annual list of the dancers, choreographers and companies that are on the verge of skyrocketing has a pretty excellent track record of answering that question.
Here they are: the 25 up-and-coming artists we believe represent the future of our field.
At six feet tall, Jesse Obremski dances as though he's investigating each movement for the first time. His quiet transitional moments are as astounding as his long lines, bounding jumps and seamless floorwork. Add in his versatility and work ethic, and it's clear why he's an invaluable asset to New York City choreographers. Currently a freelance artist with multiple contemporary groups, including Gibney Dance Company and Limón Dance Company, Obremski also choreographs for his recently formed troupe, Obremski/Works.
Last night at Parsons Dance's 2019 gala, the company celebrated one of our own: DanceMedia owner Frederic M. Seegal.
In a speech, artistic director David Parsons said that he wanted to honor Seegal for the way he devotes his energy to supporting premier art organizations, "making sure that the arts are part of who we are," he said.
It's a bit of an understatement to say that Bob Fosse was challenging to work with. He was irritable, inappropriate and often clashed with his collaborators in front of all his dancers. Fosse/Verdon, which premieres on FX tonight, doesn't sugarcoat any of this.
But for Sasha Hutchings, who danced in the first episode's rendition of "Big Spender," the mood on set was quite opposite from the one that Fosse created. Hutchings had already worked with choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who she calls "a dancer's dream," director Tommy Kail and music director Alex Lacamoire as a original cast member in Hamilton, and she says the collaborators' calm energy made the experience a pleasant one for the dancers.
"Television can be really stressful," she says. "There's so many moving parts and everyone has to work in sync. With Tommy, Andy and Lac I never felt the stress of that as a performer."