Choreographer-movement director Steven Hoggett, who is represented on Broadway this season with Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (for which he earned a Tony nomination), will receive the inaugural Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics' Choice Award at the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards. The upcoming celebration of dance will be held May 20 at 7:30 PM at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place).
The Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics' Choice Award recognizes outstanding work that falls outside the framework of the original categories. It is named for longtime Daily News theatre critic Douglas Watt and his wife Ethel, an original cast member of Carousel and Kiss Me, Kate who later became a producer.
Hoggett will be honored along with previously announced actor, dancer, and choreographer Carmen De Lavallade, who will receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award; composer John Kander, who will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater Award; and director and producer Harold Prince, who will be presented with the SDC Director Award for Exemplary Collaboration with Choreographers.
Presenters for the evening will include Joel Grey (Cabaret), Ben Vereen (Pippin), Maurice Hines (Tappin' Through Life), Lea Salonga (Once On This Island), Jessie Mueller (Carousel), Norbert Leo Butz (My Fair Lady), Gavin Creel (Hello Dolly!), Patricia Birch (Candide, Grease), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Laura Osnes (Bandstand), Robert Fairchild (An American In Paris, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), Karen Ziemba (Prince of Broadway), and Andy Karl (Groundhog Day).
Tickets for the Chita Rivera Awards can be purchased at ChitaRiveraAwards.com.