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Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Celebrates Dance

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Terrance Mann, Charlotte D'Amboise

Terrence Mann and Charlotte D’Amboise

The 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards last night at the Skirball Center honored excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in film.

Sara Ann Johnson

Sara Ann Johnson

Jane Krakowski was awarded the Best Female Dancer Award for her performance in She Loves Me, along with Phillip Attmore, for Best Male Dancer Award for his performance in Shuffle Along. 

Mark Stuart, Jamie Verazin

Mark Stuart and Jamie Verazin

Shuffle Along also took home the prize for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway show and Best Choreographer (Savion Glover). The latter was shared with Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet!).

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe

Connor Gallagher and Paul McGill shared the prize for Outstanding Choreography Off-Broadway for The Robber Bridegroom and The Legend Of Georgia McBride.

Betsy Struxness

Betsy Struxness

Below is a complete list of the nominees in the competitive categories, with the winners in bold with an asterisk:

BEST FEMALE DANCER 
Mara Davi, Dames at Sea 
Deanna Doyle, Tuck Everlasting 
Sandra Mae Frank, Spring Awakening
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me* 
Eloise Kropp, Dames at Sea 
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet 
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along 

BEST MALE DANCER 

Phillip Attmore

Phillip Attmore

Phillip Attmore, Shuffle Along* 
Alex Brightman, School of Rock 
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton 
Carlos Gonzalez, On Your Feet 
Curtis Holland, Shuffle Along 
Kendrick Jones, Shuffle Along 
Luis Salgado, On Your Feet 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER 

Andy Blankenbuehler

Elly and Andy Blankenbuehler

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton* 
Warren Carlyle, She Loves Me 
Savion Glover

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along*
Lorin Latarro, Waitress 
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening 
Casey Nicholaw, Tuck Everlasting 

Sergio Trujillo, Nigel Lythgoe, Andy Blankenbuehler

Sergio Trujillo, Nigel Lythgoe, Andy Blankenbuehler

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet* 
Josh Rhodes, Bright Star 
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof 
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea 

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW 
Bright Star 
Dames at Sea 
Fiddler on the Roof 
Hamilton 
On Your Feet 
School of Rock 
She Loves Me 
Shuffle Along* 
Spring Awakening 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM 
Luke Broadlick, Teresa Espinosa, Alison Faulk & Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL 
Christopher Gattelli, Hail, Caesar! 
Aakomon Jones, Pitch Perfect 2 
Joey Pizzi, Lucky Stiff 
Fatima Robinson & Charm Jordan, Dance Camp 
Dave Scott, High Strung* 

OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY 
Yesenia Ayala, Trip Of Love 
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom 
Rumi Oyama, Sayonara* 
Jaime Lynn Verazin, Standard Time 
Ellen Zolezzi, Cagney 

OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY 
Jeremy Benton, Cagney 
Dave Thomas Brown, The Legend Of Georgia McBride

Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi

Robert Creighton, Ellen Zolezzi

Robert Creighton, Cagney* 
Cory Lingner, Once Upon A Mattress 
Matt McGrath, The Legend Of Georgia McBride 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OFF-BROADWAY 
Joshua Bergasse, Cagney 
Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers 
Connor Gallagher, The Robber Bridegroom* 
Paul McGill, The Legend Of Georgia McBride* 
James Ortiz, Claire Karpen & Will Gallacher, The Woodsman 
Sergio Trujillo & Darrell Grand Moultrie, Invisible Thread 

Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison

Judith Jamison and Nigel Lythgoe were honored with special awards at the ceremony; Jamison is artistic director emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Lythgoe is creator and executive director of the TV series So You Think You Can Dance. Maurice Hines was also honored for his body of work.

Maurice Hines

Maurice Hines

This year’s nominating committee included Wendy Federman (chair), Nikki Atkins, Ted Chapin, Pat Collins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Jonathan C. Herzog, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O’Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Andy Sandberg and Playbill’s Harry Haun.

Cliff deRaito, Catherine Adler, Bruce Michel, Jamie deRoy

Cliff deRaito, Catherine Adler, Bruce Michel, Jamie deRoy

 Robert Fairchild

Tyler Peck and Robert Fairchild

David Noh, Lee Roy Reams

David Noh, Lee Roy Reams

Joe Lantern, Michael Demby-Cain

Joe Lantern, Michael Demby-Cain

Jenny Lyn Bader, Elisa Loti Stein

Jenny Lyn Bader, Elisa Loti Stein

Susan Stroman

Susan Stroman

Deanna Doyle, Netanel Bellaishe

Deanna Doyle, Netanel Bellaishe

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The Glorious Corner

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KNIVES OUT AGAIN — (Via Deadline) The next installment in the Knives Out series has its title. Writer/director Rian Johnson announced on social media this morning that the film will be called Wake Up Dead Man. It was also confirmed that the film would come out sometime in 2025 and that production would be under way soon with Daniel Craig returning to star.

Johnson returns as the writer and director of the series and will also produce the pic with his partner Ram Bergman. Plot details are unknown and as of now Craig is the only talent involved.

The most recent pic, Glass Onion, bowed in 2022 with Craig returning as world famous detective Benoit Blanc. The film premiered on Netflix after the streamer made a record setting $450 million deal for the two sequels with this being the third in the series.

SHORT TAKES — The trailer for Beverley Hills Cop 4 is out. Here it is:

Harold Faltermeyer

The theme for the movie sounds like a cheap re-working of “Alex F” an electronic instrumental track by German musician Harold Faltermeyer …

The Wallows

The Wallows, who I’ve never heard of, kicked off the Today Show Summer Concert series. When interviewed, each of them said they used to watch the show before they went to school. My, I wonder how that made the hosts feel? Even Carson Daly, who’s no kid either, must have batted an eye. Interesting band. Nothing special I saw, but good luck to them …

David Krumholtz

SIGHTING: David (Numbers) Krumholtz at the Factory Bar Friday for Trivia Night … (Via Theatermania) Grammy

Stephanie Mills

Award winner Stephanie Mills will return to Broadway to play Hermes in the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown. Her first performance will be July 2, coinciding with the start dates of Maia Reficco and Yola. Mills takes over from Jon Jon Briones, who plays his final performance June 30. Mills originated the role of Dorothy in the first Broadway production of The Wiz in 1975. Her last appearance on Broadway was for a special concert in 1989 … The Washington Post will go full AI. Check out this story: https://futurism.com/washington-post-pivot-ai

Tracker

… A short Memorial Day-vacay in East Hampton was great. Checked out Sakura and was introduced to CBS’ Tracker with Justin Hartley. Smartly done and directed by Ken Olin from Thirtysomething. Impressed for sure …

Billy Joel

The Long Island Musical Hall of Fame abruptly canceled their June 7 event, honoring Billy Joel at Tilles Center.  Performers at the event were to be Run-DMC; Debbie Gibson; and Felix Cavaliere.  Joel said a family event would prevent him from attending …

RIP producer

Al Ruddy

. He produced The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby. Check out Deadline’s obit: https://deadline.com/2024/05/al-ruddy-dead-godfather-million-dollar-baby-1235942541/

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Marsha Stern; Jane Berk; Randy Jones; James Edstrom; Chuck Scarborough; Bill Adler; Dan Zelinski; Bobby Shaw; Mike Greenly; Mark Bego; Roy Trakin; Crispin Cioe; Steve Walter; Steve Paul; Lou Reed; Foreigner; Bobby Watman; Bobby Orlando; Adriana Kaegi; Thomas Silverman; Seymour Stein; Barry and Marissa Zelman; Dan Zelinski; and ZIGGY!

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Backstage with Richie Ridge Presents

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Drama Desk and OCC member Richie Ridge, of Broadway World’s Backstage with Richie Ridge, will moderate a discussion with Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James, both Drama Desk nominees for Lead Performance in a Musical for Days of Wine and Roses, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Robin Williams Center (247 West 54th St., opposite Studio 54). Drama Desk members are invited. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and attendance is first come, first served. Latecomers may not be admitted.

Based on the 1964 movie about a couple falling in love in 1950s New York and struggling to maintain a family in the face of alcohol addiction, Days of Wine and Roses, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and a book by Craig Lucas, opened at Studio 54 on Jan. 28, 2024. O’Hara and d’Arcy James are both Tony nominees as well.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theater community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.

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Backstage with Richie Ridge Presents The Outsiders

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Richie Ridge, of Broadway World’s Backstage with Richie Ridge, will moderate adiscussion with stars of the new Drama Desk– and Tony-nominated musical The Outsiders at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Robin Williams Center (247 West 54th St., opposite Studio 54). Members of the Drama Desk are invited to attend. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and attendance is first come, first served. Latecomers may not be admitted.

Participants in the panel will be Drama Desk and Tony nominees director Danya Taymor and lead actor Brody Grant, along with Tony featured actor nominees Sky Lakota-Lynch and Joshua Boone. With music and lyrics by Justin Levine and a book by Levine and Adam Rapp, The Outsiders, is a nominee for both Drama Desk and Tony Awards for best musical, opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on April 11, 2024.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theater community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.

If you would like to attend, please fill out the form here. Be sure to select the Non-member option.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Richard M. Sherman Songwriter for Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Passes On

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Richard M. Sherman, was a nine-time Academy Award nominee along with his brother Robert. The Sherman Brothers wrote more than 200 songs for some 27 films and 24 television productions. Their film credits include Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Summer Magic tv, The Sword in the Stone, That Darn Cat!, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Happiest Millionaire, The Aristocats, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, taking home the trophies for Best Score – Substantially Original and Best Original Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). They won three Grammy awards and received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

They also wrote the score on Broadway for Over Here.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Sherman died of age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His brother Robert died in 2012.

 

 

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 2

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Yesterday we gave you part 1 of The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

In this part Steve Guttenberg gives the award to Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Jay O. Sanders – Primary Trust


Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical:
 Andrew Durand  Dead Outlaw

Current President David Gordon introduced Andrea Martin who gave away the awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Jessica Stone – Water for Elephants

A special award was given to Harry Haun longtime OCC member who served on the board as well.

Outstanding Choreography (Broadway or Off-Broadway):Justin Peck —Illinoise

And the tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Dead Outlaw

Kelechi Watson presented the awards for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kecia Lewis  Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kelli O’Hara  Days of Wine and Roses


Outstanding New Broadway Play:
 Stereophonic

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Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Suffs

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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