Director-choreographer Susan Stroman was one of the women director-choreographer honorees at the American Theatre Wing's annual luncheon April 16. Stroman, here with her future collaborator crooner Harry Connick, Jr., with whom she'll craft the new musical Thou Shalt Not, is represented on Broadway by three shows, two of them Tony winners - Contact, The Producers and The Music Man. Since Julie Taymor won her Tony Award for The Lion King, the first for a woman musical director, women choreographers and directors have made major breakthroughs on the Great White Way. Kathleen Marshall has two choreography credits out there - Kiss Me, Kate and Seussical - while Graciela Daniele has one: Annie Get Your Gun.
Also a performer, Anne Reinking is the only one actually out on Broadway. She recently joined the company of Fosse, where she plays opposite Bebe Neuwirth, with whom she starred in Chicago. Reinking won a Tony Award for Chicago's choreography and an Olivier Award for Fosse.