2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards Nominations Announced

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by Marilyn Lester

 

The atmosphere in the Friar’s Club Milton Berle Room was well-nigh dancing as the nominations were announced for the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, by theater critic Michael Reidel. Since 1982 the awards honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in film. This year, a new category was added, for best ensemble dancing in a Broadway Show. Two special awards also will be given at the 2016 awards ceremony (May 16 at the NYU Skirball Center) to Judith Jamison, artistic director emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Nigel Lythgoe, creator and executive director of the TV series So You Think You Can Dance. Maurice Hines will be honored for his body of work.

 

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This year’s nominating committee – Wendy Federman (chair), Nikki Atkins, Ted Chapin, Pat Collins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Harry Haun, Jonathan C. Herzog, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton – chose these nominees in competitive categories:

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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, 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, Hamilton

Warren Carlyle, She Loves Me

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Lorin Latarro, Waitress

Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening

Casey Nicholaw, Tuck Everlasting

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, 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

 

2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards May 16, 2016 at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place.

 

For more information and to order tickets: www.theastaireawards.org

 

 

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