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The 2019 Chita Rivera Award Nominations Announced

The 2019 Chita Rivera Award Nominations Announced

In the dance/theatre world, the nominations that matter are the Chita Rivera Awards, and today the nomination were announced for 2019. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered shows and films that opened during the 2018-2019 theater season.The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence, preserve notable dance history, recognize past, present and future talents, while promoting high standards in dance education and investing in the next generation.At this year’s Chita Rivera Awards, dancer, choreographer and theater director Graciela Daniele will receive the third annual Lifetime Achievement Award, and Flody Suarez, Jeffrey Seller, and Cher (producers of The Cher Show on Broadway) will be honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award honoring their contribution to the convergence of theater, film, and television. George C. Wolfe will be presented with the SDC Director Award for exemplary collaboration with choreographers on Broadway.Nominators consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensembles in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as outstanding choreography in film during the theatrical season. The Off-Broadway and Film committees make nominations and name winners in those categories. Broadway nominees are designated by the Broadway nominating committee and winners selected by the Broadway awarding committee.

2019 CHITA RIVERA AWARD NOMINATIONS

BROADWAY NOMINATIONS:

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Hadestown choreographed by David Neumann.

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show: Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me Kate Denis Jones, Tootsie David NeumannHadestown Casey Nicholaw, The Prom Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:Corbin Bleu, Kiss Me KateRick Faugno, Kiss Me KateJames T. Lane, Kiss Me KateJeremy Pope, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The TemptationsEphraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations  

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Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: 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: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations Hadestown King Kong Kiss Me Kate The Cher ShowThe Prom

OFF-BROADWAY NOMINATIONS:

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MCC’s Alice By Heart choreographed by Rick and Jeff Kuperman.

Outstanding Choreography: Joshua Bergasse, Smokey Joe’s Cafe Raja Feather Kelly, If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice By Heart Lorin Latarro, Merrily We Roll Along Shea Sullivan, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head

Outstanding Male DancerBrennan Caldwell, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head Zachary Downer, Alice By Heart Brendan Henderson, Cleopatra Jelani Remy, Smokey Joe’s Cafe Wesley Taylor, Alice By Heart

Outstanding Female Dancer Emma Degerstedt, Smokey Joe’s Cafe Mia Dilena, Alice By Heart Irina Dvorovenko, The Beast in the Jungle Dionne D. Figgins, Smokey Joe’s Cafe Naomi Kakuk, The Beast in the Jungle

Outstanding EnsembleAlice By Heart, MCC TheatreFiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre FolksbieneIf Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Playwrights HorizonsSmokey Joe’s Café, Steven Baruch, Mark Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom ViertelTwelfth Night, The Public Theater

FILM NOMINATIONS:

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

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

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Documentaries   Ballet Now – (Release date, July 20, 2018; Tiler Peck)Director: Steven CantorBathtubs Over Broadway – (Release date, November 30, 2018; Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner prior and other festivals, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, etc.)Director: Dava WhisenentHot to Trot – (Release date, NY, August 24, 2018, nationwide rollout to follow)Director: Gail FreedmanIf The Dancer Dances – (Release date, July 24, 2018, Dance on Camera Festival)Director, Maia WeschlerMoving Stories, Lives Transformed By Dance – (Release Date, August 11, 2018, Battery Dance Festival, MoMa)Director: Rob Fruchtman, Wilderness Films, Producer

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The 2019 Chita Rivera Awards will be presented on May 19 at 7:30pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park), and produced by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Patricia Watt.Nominees Reception will take place on Monday, April 29.Tickets to the Chita Rivera Awards are available to the general public at www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com

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Chita Rivera (center) in Big Spender, Sweet Charity. Choreographer Bob Fosse.

The 2018 Awarding Committee includes:Chair: Sylviane Gold; Gary Chryst, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert LaFosse, Donna McKechnie, Wendy Perron, and Lee Roy ReamsBroadway Nominating Committee includes:Chair: Wendy Federman; Melinda Atwood, Caitlin Carter, Don Correia, Gary Chryst, Sandy Duncan, Mercedes Ellington, Sylviane Gold, Jonathan Herzog, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert La Fosse, Joe Lanteri,, Donna McKechnie, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O’Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Andy Sandberg, and Randy SkinnerOff-Broadway Nominating Committee includes:Chair: Jonathan Herzog; Deidre Goodwin, Scott Jovovich, Robert La Fosse, and Michael MiltonFilm Committee includes:Co-Chairs: Jonathan Herzog and Rex Reed; Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Joanna Ney, Mary Beth O’Connor, Andy Sandberg

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Bye Bye Birdie” – Chita Rivera 

*   *   *Tickets for the Chita Rivera Awards are currently on sale and can be purchased atwww.ChitaRiveraAwards.com or by calling 1-855-NYC-5678. Ticket prices are as follows: $100 for a balcony ticket to the Awards ceremony, $300 for a par-terre ticket to the Awards ceremony, $500 for an orchestra ticket to the Awards ceremony and admission to the pre-show red carpet cocktail party and VIP reception, and $5000 for 10 Orchestra tickets to the Awards ceremony, admission for 10 to the pre-show red carpet cocktail party & 1 table at the VIP reception. www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com

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Chita Rivera, left, and Gwen Verdon in “Chicago” in 1975. (Martha Swope)

A theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. A versatile actress/singer/dancer, she recently starred in The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway, the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age nine) before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba,Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. In 2018 she was honored as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy; in 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do, a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. (NYCDAF), founded in 2010 by Executive Director Joe Lanteri, is committed to broadening performing arts awareness while advocating education and high standards of excellence in dance.  The Foundation invests in the next generation of professional performers by offering scholarships for secondary and college education.  To date, over 250 talented teenagers have shared in nearly $2.5 million awarded directly through NYCDAF.  Those recipients are represented in 42 of the most prestigious university arts programs in the country.  Many have since graduated and are now represented on Broadway, as well as concert dance companies based in NYC and around the world. www.NYCDAFoundation.net

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Chita Rivera on the Leap That Launched Her Dance Career

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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