Pippin and Motown Receive 2013 Astaire Awards

By Michael Gioia
and Adam Hetrick
June 4, 2013

The 31st Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were held June 3 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The cirque-inspired revival of Pippin and the high-grossing musical Motown took home top honors. 



Presenters at the awards ceremony included Tony Award winners Susan Stroman, Bebe Neuwirth, Cady Huffman, Kathleen Marshall and Karen Ziemba, Rex Reed, Lee Roy Reams and Harry Belafonte, and some of the special guest performers for the evening included Laura Osnes, Mary Testa, Christiane Noll and Anna Bergman.

The Astaire Awards honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. Veteran dancer Marge Champion, who last appeared on Broadway in the 2001 revival of Follies, was honored alongside Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization president Theodore S. Chapin during the awards gala.

Charlotte d'Amboise (Pippin) took home the award for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, and Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown) for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show; Chet Walker (Pippin) and Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams (Motown) tied for Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show.

The 2013 winners follow (winners are bolded and preceded by an asterisk):

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:
*Charlotte d'Amboise (Pippin)
Taylor Louderman (Bring It On)
Laura Osnes (Cinderella)
Patina Miller (Pippin)
Andrea Martin (Pippin)
Lesli Margherita (Matilda)
Stephanie Pope (Pippin)

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:
*Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown)
Rob McClure (Chaplin)
Andy Mills (Cinderella)
Billy Porter (Kinky Boots)
Charlie Sutton (Kinky Boots)

Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show:
Andy Blankenbuehler (Bring It On)
Warren Carlyle (Chaplin)
Peter Darling (Matilda)
Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)
Josh Rhodes (Cinderella)
Sergio Trujillo (Hands on a Hardbody)
*Chet Walker (Pippin)
*Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams (Motown)

Outstanding Choreographer in a Feature Film
*Sidi Larbi Cherkaouit ("Anna Karenina")
Alison Faulk ("Magic Mike")
Mia Michaels ("Rock Of Ages")
Mandy Moore ("Silver Linings Playbook")
Poonam Shyam ("Trishna")
Jamal Sims, Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado and Travis Wall ("Step Up Revolution")

The Astaire Awards are presented by Patricia Watt. The awards ceremony was directed by Joe Lanteri.

For further information visit FredandAdeleAstaireAwards.com.

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