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Our Broadway Faves Just Got Major Nominations

Andy Blankenbuehler in a Bandstand reheasal. Photo by Rachel Papo

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:

Andy Blankenbuehler for Bandstand

Peter Darling and Ellen Kane for Groundhog Day

Kelly Devine for Come From Away

Denis Jones for Holiday Inn

Sam Pinkleton for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812


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

Bandstand

Cats

Come from Away

Hello Dolly!

Holiday Inn

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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