Actors' Equity announced Sept. 10 that the acclaimed musical, which continues to play the Richard Rodgers Theatre, has been named the recipient of the Actors' Equity Association Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs' Second Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus.
The award, according to a press statement, honors "the distinctive talents and contributions made by the chorus of a Broadway musical." The awards ceremony will be held Sept. 23 during the ACCA meeting at Equity's NYC headquarters.
The In the Heights winners, who were all part of the show's March 9, 2008, opening-night cast, include Michael Balderrama, Blanca Camacho, Tony Chiroldes, Rogelio Douglas, Jr. Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Joshua Henry, Afra Hines, Stephanie Klemons, Nina LaFarga, Doreen Montalvo, Javier Muñoz, Krysta Rodriguez, Eliseo Román, Luis Salgado, Shaun Taylor-Corbett and Rickey Tripp.
In a statement Jean-Paul Richard, Equity's second vice president and ACCA chair, said, "The chorus of In the Heights truly exemplifies the hard work, dedication and talent it takes to be outstanding in a Broadway musical."
Nominees for this year's award included In the Heights, Xanadu, Cry-Baby and South Pacific. Criteria for nomination included "what was required of each chorus by the director, the choreographer, the musical director and the caliber of skill used to execute those requirements. The Committee then deliberated on the requisite technical skill of the chorus actor and the contributions the entire chorus made to the overall production."
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 46,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide. Equity seeks to "advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society."