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2017 Chita Rivera Awards: The Winners and the Star Studded Carpet

2017 Chita Rivera Awards: The Winners and the Star Studded Carpet
Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

The 2017 Chita Rivera Awards were announced last night at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre as performers took to the stage. Directed by four-time Tony® Award nominee Randy Skinner and hosted by Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, were produced by American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) and its Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Nikki Feirt Atkins in association with Patricia Watt.

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Bebe Neuwirth

Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Bebe Neuwirth

At the evening’s ceremony, theater and dance legend Tommy Tune was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, by Chita Rivera as Tony Yazbeck and Mikey Winslow recreated “We’ll Take a Glass Together” From Grand Hotel (See original video) and Robert Fairchild and company recreated “It’s Not Where You Start it’s Where You Finish from SeaSaw.
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Tommy Tune

Tommy Tune

Tony Yazbeck

Tony Yazbeck

Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild

Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild

Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Pam MacKinnon presented Diane Paulus with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater as Director and Antonio Vendome was presented the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanity. A performance of “Manson Trio ” performed by The America Dance machine for the 21st Century from Pippin was staged to honor.

Diane Paulus

Diane Paulus

Marcia Milgrom Dodge

Marcia Milgrom Dodge

The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence, and the awards seek to continue that vision by not only celebrating the superb achievement of each nominee but by recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer.
Melanie Moore

Melanie Moore performed with Robert Fairchild in La La Land

Melanie Moore

Melanie Moore

Performances also included: West Side Story, Come From Away, La La Land, A Bronx Tale and Sweet Charity, but it was The Teen Company performing “The Juggernaut” from Wild Party that was the standout.
Melissa Erico

Melissa Erico

Lee Roy Reams

Lee Roy Reams

Presenters such as Donna McKechnie, Priscilla Lopez, Baayork Lee, Melissa Erico, Chris Noth, David Hyde Pierce, Jerry Zaks, Lee Roy Reams, Karen Ziemba and Carmen de Lavallade.
Karen Ziemba

Karen Ziemba

Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade

Nominators considered outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as, outstanding choreography in film, that opened in the 2016-2017 season. Nominations for the productions under consideration this season were determined by the designated Nominating Committees. There are separate Nominating Committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is an Awarding Committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations that are received from the Broadway Nominations Committee.
 
ADM21, founded in2012, is dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography. ADM21 is continuing the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established The American Dance Machine in 1976. Theodore created a “Living Archive” of musical theater dance to address her belief that “many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished.” Of concern was that the artistry of each dance would vanish with the artists who created them. That was the impetus that drove The American Dance Machine from its pilot program in 1976 to its final days following the death of Lee Theodore in the late 1980’s.
2016-2017 CHITA RIVERA AWARD CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM went to: 
Theatrical Release: London Road (released September 9, 2016) Javier de Frutos, Choreographer
Documentary: Restless Creature (Abramorama Films), Directors: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger
2016-2017 CHITA RIVERA AWARD DANCE IN THEATER went to:
Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: Corbin Bleu, Holiday Inn
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: Megan Sikora, Holiday Inn
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN AN OFF-BROADWAY SHOW: Joshua Bergasse, Sweet Charity
Lyrica Woodruff

Lyrica Woodruff

OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER IN AN OFF BROADWAY SHOW: Lyrica Woodruff, Finian’s Rainbow
OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER IN AN OFF BROADWAY SHOW: Brandon Espinoza, Baghdaddy

Other attendees on the Red Carpet included:

John Bolton

John Bolton

Denis Jones

Denis Jones

Cody Williams, Alysha Umphress

Cody Williams and Alysha Umphress

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Emma Pfaeffle

Emma Pfaeffle Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Giuseppe Bausilio

Giuseppe Bausilio From Cats and Hello Dolly!

Giuseppe Bausilio

Giuseppe Bausilio

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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