Gabrielle Hamilton, Corbin Bleu, Amber Gray, More Nominated for 2019 Chita Rivera Awards | Playbill

Awards Gabrielle Hamilton, Corbin Bleu, Amber Gray, More Nominated for 2019 Chita Rivera Awards The third annual honors will take place May 19.
Gabrielle Hamilton, Corbin Bleu, and Amber Gray

Nominations have been announced for the third annual Chita Rivera Awards, honoring dance and choreography in theatre (Broadway and Off-Broadway) and film.

The Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate and Off-Broadway’s Alice By Heart and Smokey Joe’s Café led with the most nominations, earning five each.

Tony Award winners Ann Reinking (Chicago, Dancin') and Ben Vereen (Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin) will co-host the ceremony, set for May 19 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

As previously reported, ten-time Tony nominee Graciela Daniele will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Cher and producers Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez will be honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award for their contribution to the convergence of theatre, film, and television.

Four-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe (Angels In America, Jelly's Last Jam, Broadway's current Gary) will receive the SDC Director Award, which is presented annually to directors for their exemplary collaboration with choreographers on Broadway.

See below for the full list of nominees.


Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show:
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Casey Nicholaw, The Prom
Sergio Trujillo, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:
Corbin Bleu, Kiss Me, Kate
Rick Faugno, Kiss Me, Kate
James T. Lane, Kiss Me, Kate
Jeremy Pope, Ain't Too Proud
Ephraim Sykes, Ain't Too Proud

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, The Cher Show
Gabrielle Hamilton, Oklahoma!
Amber Gray, Hadestown
Leslie Kritzer, Beetlejuice
Angie Schworer, The Prom

Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show:
Ain't Too Proud
King Kong
Kiss Me Kate
The Cher Show
The Prom


Outstanding Choreography
Joshua Bergasse, Smokey Joe's Cafe
Raja Feather Kelly, If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice By Heart
Lorin Latarro, Merrily We Roll Along
Shea Sullivan, Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head

Outstanding Male Dancer
Brennan Caldwell, Neurosis
Zachary Downer, Alice By Heart
Brendan Henderson, Cleopatra
Jelani Remy, Smokey Joe's Cafe
Wesley Taylor, Alice By Heart

Outstanding Female Dancer
Emma Degerstedt, Smokey Joe's Cafe
Mia Dilena, Alice By Heart
Irina Dvorovenko, The Beast in the Jungle
Dionne D. Figgins, Smokey Joe's Cafe
Naomi Kakuk, The Beast in the Jungle

Outstanding Ensemble
Alice By Heart, MCC Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, Playwrights Horizons
Smokey Joe's Café, Steven Baruch, Mark Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel
Twelfth Night, The Public Theater


Theatrical Release
Isn't It Romantic - (Release date, February 13, 2019, Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth)
Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli; Assistant Choreographer, Jon Rua

Mary Poppins Returns - (Release date, December 19, 2018, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Choreographers: Rob Marshall & John DeLuca; Co-Choreographer, Joey Pizzi; Associate Choreographer, Tara Nichole Hughes, Assistant Choreographer: Marlon Pelayo

Shine - (Release date, October 6, 2018, Alysia Reiner, David Zayas)
Director of Choreography: Anderson Cruz, Choreographers, Charlie Garcia, Osmar Perrones, Grisselle Ponce

Swimming with Men - (Release date, December 7, 2018, Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves)
Choreographer: Caroline Pope

The Nutcracker and The Far Realms - (Release date, November 2, 2018, Misty Copeland)
Choreographer: Liam Scarlett

Ballet Now - (Release date, July 20, 2018; Tiler Peck)
Director: Steven Cantor

Bathtubs Over Broadway - (Release date, November 30, 2018; Tribeca Film Festival Award Winner prior and other festivals, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, etc.)
Director: Dava Whisenent

Hot to Trot - (Release date, NY, August 24, 2018, nationwide rollout to follow)
Director: Gail Freedman

If The Dancer Dances - (Release date, July 24, 2018, Dance on Camera Festival)
Director, Maia Weschler

Moving Stories, Lives Transformed By Dance - (Release Date, August 11, 2018, Battery Dance Festival, MoMa)
Director: Rob Fruchtman, Wilderness Films, Producer

Nomination tallies follow:
Kiss Me Kate - 5
Ain't Too Proud- The Life and Times of The Temptations - 4
Hadestown - 3
The Prom - 3
The Cher Show - 2
Beetlejuice - 1
King Kong - 1
Oklahoma! - 1
Tootsie- 1

Alice By Heart - 5
Smokey Joe's Café - 5
If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka - 2
Neurosis, A Musical That Gets in Your Head - 2
The Beast in the Jungle - 2
Cleopatra - 1
Fiddler on the Roof - 1
Merrily We Roll Along - 1
Twelfth Night - 1

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