CHITA RIVERA AWARDS Dance in Film Nominations Announced
The Dance in Film nominations for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards were announced today at a reception at The Lambs Club. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered films that opened during the 2016-2017 theater season.
The 2017 Chita Rivera Awards will be presented on September 11, 2017, directed by four-time Tony® Award nominee Randy Skinner and produced by American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) and its Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Nikki Feirt Atkins.
As previously announced, theater and dance legend Tommy Tune will be presented with the inauguralLifetime Achievement Award at the September 11th ceremony.
The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence, and the awards seek to continue that vision by not only celebrating the superb achievement of each nominee but by recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer.
Nominators considered outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as, outstanding choreography in film, that opened in the 2016-2017 season. Nominations for the productions under consideration this season were determined by the designated Nominating Committees. There are separate Nominating Committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is an Awarding Committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations that are received from the Broadway Nominations Committee.
The 2017 Awarding Committee includes: Sylviane Gold (Chair), Ted Chapin, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert La Fosse, Donna McKechnie, Wendy Perron, and Lee Roy Reams.
Broadway Nominating Committee included: Chair: Wendy Federman, Nikki Atkins, Melinda Atwood, Ted Chapin, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Sylviane Gold, Jonathan C. Herzog, Anna Kisselgoff, Donna McKechnie, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O'Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, and Andy Sandberg
Off-Broadway nominating committee: Jonathan Herzog, Robert La Fosse, Michael Milton, Andy Sandberg, and Randi Zuckerberg
Film Committee includes: Co-Chairmen: Rex Reed and Jonathan Herzog, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Joanna Ney, Mary Beth O'Connor, and Andy Sandberg
ADM21, founded in 2012, is dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography. ADM21 is continuing the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established The American Dance Machine in 1976. Theodore created a "Living Archive" of musical theater dance to address her belief that "many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished." Of concern was that the artistry of each dance would vanish with the artists who created them. That was the impetus that drove The American Dance Machine from its pilot program in 1976 to its final days following the death of Lee Theodore in the late 1980's.
For more information, please visit: www.ADM21.org
2016-2017 Chita Rivera AWARD CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM NOMINATIONS
Theatrical Release Nominees
Beauty and the Beast, Anthony Van Laast, Choreographer
London Road, Javier De Frutos, Choreographer