The 2nd annual Chita Rivera Awards, celebrating dance and choreographic excellence, will take place May 20 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place).
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century and the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation have joined forces to present this year's awards. Nominations will be announced April 27.
Nominators will consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers, and ensembles in shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as outstanding choreography in films that opened in the 2017–2018 season.
Honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater Award, and Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanities Award as well as ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2018 Awarding Committee includes Chair Sylviane Gold, Ted Chapin, Gary Chryst, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert LaFosse, Donna McKechnie, Wendy Perron, and Lee Roy Reams. The Broadway Nominating Committee includes Chair Wendy Federman, Nikki Feirt Atkins, Ted Chapin, Gary Chryst, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Mercedes Ellington, Sylviane Gold, Jonathan Herzog, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert La Fosse, Joe Lanteri, Michael Milton, Donna McKechnie, Mary Beth O'Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, and Andy Sandberg. The Off-Broadway Nominating Committee includes Chair Andy Sandberg, Deidre Goodwin, Francesca Harper, Jonathan Herzog, Robert LaFosse, Michael Milton, and Randi Zuckerberg, and the Film Committee includes Co-Chairs Jonathan Herzog and Rex Reed, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Joanna Ney, Mary Beth O'Connor, and Andy Sandberg.
Through education and scholarships, the Chita Rivera Awards, named for the Broadway icon, are also committed to nurturing future generations and preserving notable dance history.
Rivera has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway on the High Seas 10: Odyssey Through the Greek Isles cruise June 24–July 1, 2019, with a lineup of Broadway stars to be announced. Call Judy Perl Worldwide for tickets at (844) 561-3625. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.