The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Ann Reinking

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10 Nov 2013

Ann Reinking, who won a Tony Award for choreographing the current Broadway revival of Chicago in the style of Bob Fosse, celebrates her birthday Nov. 10. To mark the special day, the Playbill Vault takes a look at some of her Broadway career highlights.

In 1969, Reinking appeared in the ensemble of Coco, a musical based on the life and career of fashion designer Coco Chanel.

The production opened on Dec. 18, 1969, and starred Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn in the title role. Hepburn had appeared in a number of Broadway plays, but Coco marked her first (and only) Broadway musical appearance.

Read the Coco Playbill here.

After appearing in the original cast of Pippin, Reinking garnered critical attention in the World War II musical Over Here!, featuring music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

For her performance as Maggie, Reinking received Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, as well as the 1974 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Performer.

Read the Over Here! Playbill in the Vault.

Reinking's next career highlight came in 1975's Goodtime Charley, a musical take on the relationship between Charles, the Dauphin of France, and Joan of Arc.

Reinking played Joan of Arc opposite Joel Grey as Charley, earning her first Tony Award nomination.

Read the Goodtime Charley Playbill here.

Three years later, after taking over lead roles in the original productions of Chicago and A Chorus Line, Reinking appeared in Bob Fosse's Dancin'. Her performance brought her critical acclaim and her second Tony nomination.

"Above all," wrote Richard Eder in his New York Times review, "it is Miss Reinking. There are other first-rate performers, but she is clearly the star."

Read the Dancin' Playbill here.

In 1996, Reinking choreographed and starred in the Broadway revival of Chicago. She played Roxie Hart in a cast that included Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly and Joel Grey as Amos Hart.

The production received glowing reviews and won six Tony Awards, including one for Reinking's Bob Fosse-inspired choreography. The musical is still running today at the Ambassador Theatre and holds the record for the third longest-running show in Broadway history.

Read the Chicago Playbill here.

Reinking co-created, co-choreographed and co-directed the musical revue Fosse, which opened on Jan. 14, 1999, at the Broadhurst Theatre.

The production ran for 1,093 performances and won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Richard Maltby, Jr. and Reinking were nominated for Best Direction of a Musical.

Read the Fosse Playbill in the Vault.

Reinking continues to choreograph for theatre productions, dance companies, television and film. Her latest contribution to Broadway was serving as dance consultant for An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.

The concert event reunited original Evita co-stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. It ran for a limited engagement of 57 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Read the An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin Playbill here.