Choreographer John Carrafa garnered his first American Theatre Wing Tony Awards nomination for his work on Into The Woods. Immediately after, he captured his second nod for his choreography for Urinetown The Musical.
It was a busy season for Carrafa who began the season with the transfer of Urinetown to Broadway in September. Then, in October, he handled the musical staging of Dance of Death. Finishing out this season, he took on choreographer duties for the revival of Into The Woods.
But, it wasn't all work and no play for the veteran choreographer whose former Great White Way work includes Love! Valour! Compassion! and Dirty Blonde.
Carrafa explained that the very West Side Story-like "Snuff That Girl" from Urinetown, "was completely my invention, but it wasn't deliberate. I did it to amuse myself actually." He further revealed his surprise at how aware audiences were. "Honestly, I didn't think people would get all the references: Chicago, "Hey Big Spender," Les Miz, "Revelations" by [Alvin] Ailey. I didn't think most people would pick up on them, because they go by so quickly. I made them up to make myself laugh and we did most of the show that way, we were just cracking ourselves up," said the hoofer.
Speaking of hoofs, Carrafa was dealt the difficult task of choreographing for a four legged character, Into The Woods' Milky White. "We brought the crutches into rehearsal early on. You never know with that kind of creation what it's going to be like until you get the pieces and we just kind of fantasized about it until we got the actual legs and then we'd just like 'play'. It was like being a kid and playing around in your bedroom with your sister." Carrafa would not divulge which John Carrafa he would vote for, but offered news about his Broadway job for next season, Dance of the Vampires. "It's got to be the best dance show that's ever been on Broadway: it's called Dance of the Vampires.
The double nominee could have made a case for two consecutive seasons of double nods with his additional work on next season's Amour. But he reported "I dropped out of Amour. It may have been possible to do both at the same time, but they were directly overlapping. [Director] James Lapine and I discussed it and we both felt that I really needed to not spread myself too thin. And really put all my energy into this show [Dance of the Vampires], which is a big dance show."