2015 Astaire Award Nominations Announced

AdeleFred1921Dancing is a staple of musical theatre so obviously it is nothing new to see incredible dance numbers and performances year after year come to Broadway. However this season, Broadway has not seen the likes of such new, groundbreaking and extraordinary dance in years. From dancing sailors to a solider in Paris, Broadway’s dancing is truly at it’s best this season. This only adds to the exceptional numbers brought to life year after year by Broadway favorites such as Casey Nicholaw or Jerry Mitchell. This year, it was no easy task when it came to nominating this next group for this year’s Astaire Awards! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that nominees for the 2015 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards have been announced!

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards are awards that recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. First established in 1982, the awards were created with the cooperation of Fred Astaire not only to honor him but also his sister, Adele. Together, the two starred in ten Broadway musicals together between 1917 and 1931. The awards are presented by producer Patricia Watt and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts.

Here is the full list of the 2015 nominees:

Best Female Dancer:
Annaleigh Ashford – You Can’t Take it With You
Leanne Cope – American in Paris
Jill Paice – American in Paris
Megan Fairchild – On the Town
Erin Davie – Sideshow
Emily Padgett – Sideshow
XiaoChuan Xie – The King and I
Melanie Moore – Finding Neverland

Best Male Dancer:
Robert Fairchild – American in Paris
Clyde Alves – On the Town
Tony Yazbeck – On the Town
Jay Armstrong Johnson – On the Town
Phillip Attmore – On the Twentieth Century
Rick Faugno – On the Twentieth Century
Drew King – On the Twentieth Century
Richard Riaz Yoder – On the Twentieth Century
Christian Borle – Something Rotten!
Alex Sharp – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Choreographer:
Christopher Wheeldon – American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse – On the Town
Christopher Gattelli – The King and I
Warren Carlyle – On the Twentieth Century
Casey Nicholaw – Something Rotten!
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Steven Hoggett – The Last Ship
Mia Michaels – Finding Neverland

There are also two special awards given out annually by the Astaire Awards. This year, they will be awarded to;

Lifetime Achievement Award: Joel Grey

Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre and Film: Harvey Weinstein

american-in-parisCongratulations to those nominated for the 2015 Astaire Awards! What a fantastic list of dancers representing the outstanding dance work on Broadway this season. Two of the season’s biggest dance musicals, An American In Paris (Pictured Right) and On The Town (Pictured Below), scored very well! There are also several nominations for the Roundabout Theatre revival of On The Twentieth Century! Mia Michaels, who is making her Broadway debut as a choreographer for Finding Neverland, was honored with a nomination for Best Choreographer. Quite a list of dancers here! I have seen several of these productions and let me tell you deciding the winners will not be easy. An American In Paris is simply exceptional. There has not been dancing like that on Broadway in a very, very long time. However, we cannot fail to mention the extraordinary work of Joshua Bergasse for On The Town! He brings to life musical numbers with dancing you don’t find every day in modern-day musicals. We’re looking forward to seeing who takes home these honors in what has proved to be a fantastic dance season for Broadway!

The 2015 Astaire Award winners will be announced on June 1st, 2015 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University! The event will include a VIP cocktail reception at 6 PM with the awards presentation and show at 7:30 PM! The ceremony will feature performances from On the Town, Finding Neverland, New York Spring Spectacular and more! Stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for these winners and all the winners as the New York theatre awards season continues to unfold over the next month! Visit Luner on Theatre’s Awards Season Page for full coverage! For more information, visit The Astaire Awards Official Website, Facebook Page or TwitterAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!

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