Marshall, Murphy, Jackman Win 2004 TDF/Astaire Awards

News   Marshall, Murphy, Jackman Win 2004 TDF/Astaire Awards Kathleen Marshall and Donna Murphy of Wonderful Town and Hugh Jackman of The Boy From Oz won the 2004 TDF/Astaire Awards 2003, it was announced June 1.

From Top: Kathleen Marshall, Donna Murphy, and Hugh Jackman
From Top: Kathleen Marshall, Donna Murphy, and Hugh Jackman

Marshall was named Best Choreographer, while Murphy won for Best Female Dancer. Jackman won for Best Male Dancer.

The awards will be presented later this month at a private reception given by TDF.

The 2004 committee includes Douglas Watt, New York Daily News (emeritus) chairman; Clive Barnes, New York Post; Howard Kissel, New York Daily News; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; Donald McDonagh, Ballet Review; Richard Philp, Dance Magazine; Charles L. Reinhart, director of the American Dance Festival; and Linda Winer, Newsday.

The Astaire Awards are authorized under a special agreement between Mrs. Fred Astaire and Theatre Development Fund.

The Astaire Awards were established in 1982 by the Anglo American Contemporary Dance Foundation and administered by Theatre Development Fund since 1991. They recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season on the part of a dancer or dancers and choreographer. The awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire, to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in 10 Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The musicals were: Over the Top (1917), The Passing Show of 1918, Apple Blossoms (1919), Love Letter (1921), For Goodness Sake (1922), The Bunch & Judy (1922), Lady Be Good (1924), Funny Face (1927), Smiles (1930) and The Band Wagon (1931). Before going to Hollywood, Fred Astaire starred on Broadway (without sister Adele) in one more show, The Gay Divorcee (1932).

For more information about TDF, visit http://www.tdf.org.

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