Winners have been announced for the third annual Chita Rivera Awards, honoring dance and choreography in theatre (Broadway and Off-Broadway) and film. Tony Award winners Ann Reinking (Chicago, Dancin') and Ben Vereen (Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin) co-hosted the May 19 ceremony at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Among the winners were Broadway's Hadestown and the Off-Broadway production of Alice by Heart, which took home two awards.
Ten-time Tony nominee Graciela Daniele was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Cher and producers Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez were honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award for their contribution to the convergence of theatre, film, and television.
Four-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe (Angels In America, Jelly's Last Jam, Broadway's current Gary) received the SDC Director Award, which is presented annually to directors for their exemplary collaboration with choreographers on Broadway.
The list of winners follows. See the full list of nominees here.
Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show:
David Neumann, Hadestown
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show:
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice By Heart
Outstanding Male Dancer
Wesley Taylor, Alice By Heart
Outstanding Female Dancer
Irina Dvorovenko, The Beast in the Jungle
Smokey Joe's Café, Steven Baruch, Mark Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel
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
Moving Stories, Lives Transformed By Dance (Release Date, August 11, 2018, Battery Dance Festival, MoMa)
Director: Rob Fruchtman, Wilderness Films, Producer