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For as long as I’ve known her, Patty Watt, daughter of late great theater critic Douglas Watt, has been honoring Broadway performers. Leading up to the Tony Awards, Patty recently produced the star studded Chita Rivera Awards, named for the 86 year old legend.

The nominees and winners are below. Presenters included the great Chita herself, as well as Chita Rivera, Andy Blankenbuehler, Savion Glover, Marilu Henner, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ethan Slater, Mary Testa and Richard Thomas.

The evening’s hosts were the immortal Ben Vereen, and Ann Reinking, who “Fosse/Verdon” fans will know succeeded Gwen Verdon as Bob Fosse’s muse and wife.

More awards: dancer, choreographer and theater director Graciela Daniele received the third annual Lifetime Achievement Award, and Flody Suarez, Jeffrey Seller, and Cher (producers of “The Cher Show” on Broadway) were honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award honoring their contribution to the convergence of theater, film, and television. George C. Wolfe (who is a genius, no kidding, for staging hits and the unstageable– aka “Gary”) was presented with the SDC Director Award for exemplary collaboration with choreographers on Broadway and Carol Paumgarten received the Vanguard Award for her outstanding contribution to the international dance community, having founded Steps on Broadway Dance Studio 40 years ago.

Congrats to Patty! She’s done it again.

 

 

2019 CHITA RIVERA AWARD Winners

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show:

Winner: David Neumann, Hadestown

Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me Kate

Denis Jones, Tootsie

Casey Nicholaw, The Prom

Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

 

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:

Winner: Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations  

Corbin Bleu, Kiss Me Kate

Rick Faugno, Kiss Me Kate

James T. Lane, Kiss Me Kate

Jeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

 

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: (tie)

Winners: Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, The Cher Show; Gabrielle Hamilton, Oklahoma!

Amber Gray, Hadestown

Leslie Kritzer, Beetlejuice

Angie Schworer, The Prom

Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show:

Winner: King Kong

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Hadestown

Kiss Me Kate

The Cher Show

The Prom

 

OFF-BROADWAY NOMINATIONS:

Outstanding Choreography

Winner: Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice By Heart

Joshua Bergasse, Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Raja Feather Kelly, If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka

Lorin Latarro, Merrily We Roll Along

Shea Sullivan, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head

 

Outstanding Male Dancer

Winner: Wesley Taylor, Alice By Heart

Brennan Caldwell, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head

Zachary Downer, Alice By Heart

Brendan Henderson, Cleopatra

Jelani Remy, Smokey Joe’s Cafe

 

Outstanding Female Dancer

Winner: Irina Dvorovenko, The Beast in the Jungle

Emma Degerstedt, Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Mia Dilena, Alice By Heart

Dionne D. Figgins, Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Naomi Kakuk, The Beast in the Jungle

 

Outstanding Ensemble

Winner: Smokey Joe’s Café, Steven Baruch, Mark Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel

Alice By Heart, MCC Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Playwrights Horizons

Twelfth Night, The Public Theater

 

 

FILM NOMINATIONS:

Theatrical Release

Isn’t It Romantic – (Release date, February 13, 2019, Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth) Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli; Assistant Choreographer, Jon Rua

***Mary Poppins Returns – (Release date, December 19, 2018, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda) 

Choreographers: Rob Marshall & John DeLuca; Co-Choreographer, Joey Pizzi; Associate Choreographer, Tara Nichole Hughes, Assistant Choreographer: Marlon Pelayo***

Shine – (Release date, October 6, 2018, Alysia Reiner, David Zayas)

Director of Choreography: Anderson Cruz, Choreographers, Charlie Garcia, Osmar Perrones, Grisselle Ponce

Swimming with Men – (Release date, December 7, 2018, Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves) Choreographer: Caroline Pope

 

The Nutcracker and The Far Realms – (Release date, November 2, 2018, Misty Copeland)

Choreographer: Liam Scarlett

Documentaries           

Ballet Now – (Release date, July 20, 2018; Tiler Peck)

Director: Steven Cantor

Bathtubs Over Broadway – (Release date, November 30, 2018; Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner prior and other festivals, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, etc.)

Director: Dava Whisenent

Hot to Trot – (Release date, NY, August 24, 2018, nationwide rollout to follow)

Director: Gail Freedman

If The Dancer Dances – (Release date, July 24, 2018, Dance on Camera Festival)

Director, Maia Weschler

***Moving Stories, Lives Transformed By Dance – (Release Date, August 11, 2018, Battery Dance Festival, MoMa) 

Director: Rob Fruchtman, Wilderness Films, Producer***

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