Our Broadway Faves Just Got Major Nominations
It's Broadway awards season, and tons of our favorite dancers and choreographers are getting big-time recognition.
The Tony Award nominations were announced yesterday and the Best Choreography finalists include:
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane for Groundhog Day
Kelly Devine for Come From Away
Denis Jones for Holiday Inn
To find out who wins, stay tuned for the televised ceremony June 11.
But the Tony's aren't the only game in town. On Monday, the Chita Rivera Awards (formerly known as the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards) announced its 2017 nominees. Although these awards might be less mainstream than the Tonys, they hold a special place near and dear to our hearts because they focus exclusively on dance and choreography excellence in shows on and off Broadway.
Although he didn't nab a Tony nomination, our April cover star Joshua Bergasse got Chita Rivera nods for Outstanding Choreography for both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweet Charity. Unsurprisingly, Andy Blankenbuehler also got a nomination for Bandstand, as did Sergio Trujillo for A Bronx Tale and Warren Carlyle for Hello, Dolly!
On the dancer side of things, New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin was nominated for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in Cats, along with her colleagues Eloise Kropp and Christine Cornish Smith, plus Ricky Ubeda and Tyler Hanes for Outstanding Male Dancer.
Also of note: Two of our favorite postmodern choreographers got nominated for their work off-Broadway—David Dorfman for Indecent and David Neumann for The Total Bent. Go Davids!
Here's the full Chita Rivera Awards nominations rundown—winners will be announced September 11:
Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show:
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Josh Bergasse, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Warren Carlyle, Hello Dolly!
Peter Darling, Groundhog Day
Kelly Devine, Come from Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn
Sergio Trujillo, A Bronx Tale
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show:
A Bronx Tale
Come from Away
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:
Corbin Bleu, Holiday Inn
John Bolton, Anastasia
Max Clayton, Bandstand
Tyler Hanes, Cats
Ryan Kasprzak, Bandstand
Ricky Ubeda, Cats
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:
Andrea Dotto, Bandstand
Lora Lee Gayer, Holiday Inn
Eloise Kropp, Cats
Georgina Pazcoguin, Cats
Emma Pfaeffle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Megan Sikora, Holiday Inn
Christine Cornish Smith, Cats
Outstanding Choreography in an Off Broadway Show:
Joshua Bergasse, Sweet Charity
David Dorfman, Indecent
Merete Muenter, The Golden Bride
David Neumann, The Total Bent
Misha Shields, Baghdaddy
Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off Broadway Show:
Yesenia Ayala, Sweet Charity
Asmeret Ghebremichael, Sweet Charity
Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Sweet Charity
Emily Padgett, Sweet Charity
Lyrica Woodruff, Finian's Rainbow
Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off Broadway Show:
Ato Blankson-Wood, The Total Bent
Brandon Espinoza, Baghdaddy
Curtis Wiley, The Total Bent
Cody Williams, Sweet Charity
Blake Zolfo, Kid Victory
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