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Arlene Phillips is a show business legend and a household name. Since creating the revolutionary dance group Hot Gossip, Arlene has gone on to work with superstars from across the world of entertainment and she has been nominated for Emmy, Tony and Laurence Olivier awards.

Alongside Grease, Arlene has choreographed shows such as Starlight Express, Wizard of Oz, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, Grease, Flashdance. As a director, she has worked on Saturday Night Fever, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games, and the concert tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber which featured theatre legends such as Sarah Brightman, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball and Michael Crawford.

Outside of her work in theatre, Arlene has choreographed Hollywood films including 'Annie' directed by John Huston, Monty Python's 'The Meaning of Life', 'Highlander' starring Sean Connery, and Legend directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise. Her choreography can be seen in many iconic music videos for international pop stars such as Whitney Houston, Elton John, Queen, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Donna Summer, Cliff Richard, Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. Her insightful expertise has been broadcast to millions in her role as a TV judge on hit shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Dance Fever.

Arlene's recent work includes: choreographing the musical numbers in acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett's latest work Allelujah!; a new BBC production of Midsummer Night's Dream; a solo piece for Ed Watson of the Royal Ballet; and a duet for Candoco Dance Company. Arlene has also directed a contemporary new musical 'Myth'; and a staged production of 'A Little Princess' with music by Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. In 2017 she toured the UK with her own show 'The Glitz, The Glamour, The Gossip' talking about her extensive career and telling stories from behind the scenes.

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Arlene Phillips STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
1974
The Mother

Arlene Phillips Productions

 
[West End, 2023]
CHOREOGRAPHER
 
[West End, 2023]
CHOREOGRAPHER
 
[West End, 2023]
CHOREOGRAPHER
 
[West End, 2022]
Director and Co-Creator
 
[West End, 2022]
Choreographer
 
[UK Tour, 2022] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[UK Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Choreographer[Replacement]
 
[US Tour, 2013]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2011]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2007]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2006]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 2004]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 2002]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Director
Choreographer
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1998]
Director/Choreographer
 
[West End, 1993]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Choreographer
 
[West End, 1984]
Choreographer

Writing


Arlene Phillips Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Choreography

Arlene Phillips , Starlight Express

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West End Gala Will Celebrate the NHS 75th Anniversary at Adelphi Theatre This April

A West End Gala at the Adelphi Theatre will celebrate over 75 years of the NHS – a major milestone reached by the health service in 2023.

WHAT (IS) A WOMAN, Andrée Bernard's Blistering New Play Premieres at the Arcola Theatre

'What (is) a Woman' is a blistering new play by Andrée Bernard premiering at Arcola Theatre from April 23rd to May 4th.

Photos: First Look at New Cast in Rehearsal for Immersive GUYS & DOLLS

New cast members are currently in rehearsal for the immersive production of Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre. See rehearsal photos!

Full Cast and Additional Performances Revealed For GREASE UK and Ireland Tour

The full cast has been set for the UK and Ireland tour of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s iconic musical GREASE, directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Additional performances have been added in Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle etc.

Last Chance to Vote for the BWW UK / West End Awards; Voting Ends 31 December!

It's the final week left to vote for the 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards! Voting ends on 31 December at midnight. Don't miss out on making sure that your favourite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

2 Weeks Left to Vote for the BWW UK / West End Awards

There's just two weeks left to vote and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 18 for the 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favourite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards December 5 Standings

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5 for the 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favourite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Cast and Creative Team Set for EXHIBITIONISTS World Premiere at King's Head Theatre

Full cast and creative team have been revealed for the world premiere of Exhibitionists by Shaun McKenna and Andrew Van Sickle, a dazzling new gay romantic comedy about love, sex, happiness and freedom set in the San Francisco art world.

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards!

The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 27th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favourite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards

The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 20 for the 2023 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favourite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

STARLIGHT EXPRESS Extends Season 24-Hours After Priority Pre-sale

Due to overwhelming demand, 24-hours after tickets went on priority pre-sale and before the box office opens for general on-sale, Andrew Lloyd Webber's STARLIGHT EXPRESS has extended bookings through to February 2025.

New Details Revealed for the Return of STARLIGHT EXPRESS in London

Ticket holders will be able to sit in 'Trackside Seats' around the “racing track”, or behind the performance space. The seats that surround the main performance area, in a section called the '1st Class Carriage' will also move during show.

Theatre Industry Pays Tribute to Bill Kenwright

Tributes from the theatre industry have been pouring in for Bill Kenwright, who passed away at the age of 78.

West End Production of GREASE Will Tour the UK and Ireland From April 2024

After incredibly successful summer seasons in 2022 and 2023; Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey's iconic musical GREASE will tour the UK and Ireland in 2024. GREASE is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Photos: First Look at HOUSE OF FLAMENKA at the Peacock Theatre

Bigger, bolder, and sexier than ever, House of Flamenka returns to the Peacock due to phenomenal demand. Check out all new photos here!

GUYS & DOLLS Extends Booking at the Bridge Theatre Until August 2024

Nicholas Hytner’s critically acclaimed immersive production of Guys & Dolls is extending booking until 31 August 2024 at The Bridge Theatre. Learn more about the show and find out how to get tickets here!

Aimie Atkinson, Alice Fearn, Lucie Jones, and More Set For MUSICAL CON 2023; Full Schedule Released!

Musical Con have released the full schedule for the second year of the UK's official musical fan convention, which is taking place at ExCeL London later this month. Learn more about who will be in attendance here!

Arlene Phillips Will Direct a West End Gala For the NHS in November

The crème de la crème of the entertainment industry is coming together this November to celebrate 75 years of the NHS and their wonderful life changing and life saving work. Learn more about the event and find out how to attend here!

MUSICAL CON Reveals More Special Guests For Upcoming Convention

Musical Con, the UK's official Musical Theatre fan convention which returns to Excel London  next month for its second year, has announced more special guests. Find out who else will be in attendance here!

GUYS & DOLLS 2023 London Cast Recording to be Released This Month

Broadway Records will release London’s Bridge Theatre cast recording of Guys & Dolls, available digitally on September 29, 2023.

Arlene Phillips FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Arlene Phillips has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Arlene Phillips has not appeared in the West End.

Arlene Phillips has been nominated for the Best Choreography award at the Tony Awards for her work on the Broadway show Starlight Express.

Arlene Phillips has written 1 shows including Saturday Night Fever (Bookwriter).

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