Astaire Award Winners Announced

May 16th is turning out to be a semi big awards day for the Broadway theatre community this year. Not only earlier today were the Outer Critics Circle awards announced but not too shortly after, the Astaire Award winners were announced.

The Astaire Awards are an annual award given to honor and recognize those who have succeed in excellence in dance on Broadway and in film. This year on Broadway there are a huge variety of dance shows which all seem to shine in their own way. Anything Goes brings back to life the classic Broadway tap show leaving the audience in awe of a art through dance and sound. Jerry Mitchell brings sexy back to Broadway in Catch Me If You Can through show stopping number after show stopping number. And Susan Stroman created unforgettable choreography for the untold story of The Scottsboro Boys earlier this year.

So who are this year’s winners? Check out the short but honorable list below:

BROADWAY CHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
Marguerite Derricks (Wonderland)
Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes)
Jerry Mitchell (Catch Me if You Can)
Toby Sedgwick (War Horse)
*Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys)
Anthony Van Laast (Sister Act)
Danny Mefford (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson)
Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon)

FEMALE DANCER, BROADWAY

Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me if You Can)
*Sutton Foster (Anything Goes)
Jennifer Frankel (Catch Me if You Can)
J. Elaine Marcos (Pricilla Queen of the Desert)
Patina Miller (Sister Act)
Laura Osnes (Anything Goes)
Angie Schworer (Catch Me if You Can)
Megan Sikora (How to Succeed)
Samantha Zack (How to Succeed)

MALE DANCER, BROADWAY

Nick Adams (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)
*Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me if You Can)
Colman Domingo (Theย Scottsboro Boys)
Colin Donnell (Anything Goes)
Josh Gad (Theย Book of Mormon)
Joshua Henry (Scottsboro Boys)
Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed)
Aaron Tveit (Catch Me if You Can)

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY ON FILM
Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”)
Denise Faye/Joe Pizzi (“Burlesque”)
Michael Flatley (“Lord of the Dance 3D”)
*Graeme Murphy/Janet Vernon (“Mao’s Last Dancer”)
Jamal Sims (“Step It Up 3D”)
Benoit-Swan Pouffer (“The Adjustment Bureau”)

And there they are! Like I said, a short but honorable list! So if you’re a dancer and interested in seeing a Broadway show thats big on dance, check out one of the ones listed above! Catch Me If You Can and Anything Goes are both fantastic choices displaying two completely different styles of dance but two styles that have helped shape Broadway into what it is today. The Scottsboro Boys is no longer on Broadway but may be making its return soon! It will hopefully be working its way around the country so if you get the chance to see that, see it!

Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you coverage of all the Awards given out this awards season leading up to our big and final night; The Tony Awards! Stayed tuned for more awards and of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all the latest and greatest Broadway news you need to know! Thanks Everyone!

Sutton Foster is Broadway's Best Female Dancer

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