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Christopher Wheeldon

 
Bio:
Christopher trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, Mr. Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Christopher trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, Mr. Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2022]
Director and Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director & Choreographer
 
[West End, 2017]
Director
Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 2016]
Director, Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Director and Choreographer
 
[Paris, 2014]
Director and Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer

Photos

Ross Rayburn and Christopher Wheeldon Photo

Ross Rayburn and Christopher Wheeldon

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07/12/2022
Ross Rayburn and Christopher Wheeldon Photo

Ross Rayburn and Christopher Wheeldon

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06/21/2022
Christopher Wheeldon Photo

Christopher Wheeldon

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06/21/2022
Carina-Kay Louchiey, Michelle Mercedes, Myles Frost, Carole Denise-Jones, Christopher Photo

Carina-Kay Louchiey, Michelle Mercedes, Myles Frost, Carole Denise-Jones, Christopher Wheeldon, Kali May Grinder and Ryan VanDonBoom

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06/21/2022
Christopher Wheeldon and Prince Jackson Photo

Christopher Wheeldon and Prince Jackson

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05/18/2022

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2022]
Director and Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director & Choreographer

[West End, 2017]
Director

Choreographer

[US Tour, 2016]
Director, Choreographer

[Broadway, 2015]
Director and Choreographer

[Paris, 2014]
Director and Choreographer

[Broadway, 2002]
Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer

Christopher Wheeldon Biography

Christopher trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet in 1991. In 1993, he joined New York City Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, Mr. Wheeldon has created and staged productions for many of the world’s major ballet companies. In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and was appointed an Associate Artist for Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Mr. Wheeldon now serves as Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. As Artistic Associate, Mr. Wheeldon has created many works for the company, including the full-length Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, both of which were co-productions with The National Ballet of Canada. For the Metropolitan Opera, he choreographed Dance of the Hours for Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006) and Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen (2012) as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002). Mr. Wheeldon created a special excerpt for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In April 2016, he was the Artistic Director for the Fashion Forward exhibition in Paris at La Musee Arts et Decoratif. In 2014, Mr. Wheeldon directed and choreographed the musical version of An American in Paris, which had productions in Paris, on Broadway, and in London. 2016 was The Joffrey Ballet’s world premiere of The Nutcracker reimagined by Mr. Wheeldon and he directed and choreographed the gala presentation of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon starring Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson at New York City Center in 2017. In 2018, Mr. Wheeldon staged two pieces in Tokyo: An American in Paris and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland while in 2019, Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale was performed by The Bolshoi Ballet. 2019 was also the premiere for Corybantic Games at The Royal Ballet and a re-staged version of Cinderella for the English National Ballet at Royal Albert Hall. Among Mr. Wheeldon’s awards are a Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American in Paris, an Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction for An American in Paris, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, the Dance Magazine Award, multiple London Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Leìonide Massine Prize for new choreography. Mr. Wheeldon’s productions of Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale won the Benois de la Danse, and he is an Olivier Award winner for his ballets Aeternum for The Royal Ballet and Polyphonia for Morphoses. In 2016, Mr. Wheeldon was named an O.B.E. and was made an Honorary Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Christopher is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and resides in New York City with his husband, Ross Rayburn, and their dog, Hattie.

Christopher Wheeldon Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ The Musical
 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ the Musical
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ the Musical
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ the Musical
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ The Musical
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ The Musical
 
Olivier Awards - 2018 - Best Theatre Choreographer
Christopher Wheeldon, An American In Paris
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2015 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Olivier Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Christopher Wheeldon
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
 
Olivier Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Christopher WheeldonPolyphonia
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Choreography
Christopher Wheeldon, Sweet Smell of Success

Christopher Wheeldon News

The Opening Number of MJ Will Air Live on TikTok Tomorrow Night Photo The Opening Number of MJ Will Air Live on TikTok Tomorrow Night
by Stephi Wild - Sep 28, 2022

MJ the Musical is working with TikTok to share exclusive behind the scenes content and a live airing of the Tony Award-winning show's iconic opening number on Thursday, September 29th.

MLIMA'S TALE Florida Premiere By Lynn Nottage Kicks Off The Theater Up Close Season,  Photo MLIMA'S TALE Florida Premiere By Lynn Nottage Kicks Off The Theater Up Close Season, October 13-30
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 22, 2022

Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County present the Florida premiere of MLIMA'S TALE, a haunting and powerful exploration of the international underground ivory market told through the eyes of the elephant who was poached for the prized possessions.

MJ Joins Partnership To Present $20,000 In Scholarships To Two HBCU Students  Photo MJ Joins Partnership To Present $20,000 In Scholarships To Two HBCU Students 
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 19, 2022

MJ on Broadway will partner with Color Farm Media, Reggie Van Lee and Nico Sidoti to present two $10,000 scholarships to previously selected students from Historically Black College and Universities in celebration of MJ's sponsoring of the 2022 Toyota HBCU New York Football Classic presented by Walmart: Morehouse Tigers vs. Howard Bison football game.

Broadway Buying Guide: September 19, 2022 Photo Broadway Buying Guide: September 19, 2022
by Team BWW - Sep 19, 2022

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, September 13, 2022.

MJ to Present $20,000 in Scholarships for HBCU Students in Celebration of HBCU NY Foo Photo MJ to Present $20,000 in Scholarships for HBCU Students in Celebration of HBCU NY Football Classic
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

MJ will partner with Color Farm Media, Reggie Van Lee and Nico Sidoti to present two $10,000 scholarships to previously selected students from Historically Black College and Universities in celebration of MJ’s sponrosing of the 2022 Toyota HBCU New York Football Classic presented by Walmart: Morehouse Tigers vs. Howard Bison football game.

MJ Breaks Neil Simon Theatre Box Office Record for the 5th Time Photo MJ Breaks Neil Simon Theatre Box Office Record for the 5th Time
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 6, 2022

The unofficial final days of summer have delivered yet another record-breaking 8-perfomance week for MJ. Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre box office record for the 5th time, MJ’s receipts totaled $1,762,559 for the week ending Sunday, September 4.

MJ to Present First Broadway Sponsorship of Inaugural HBCU New York Football Classic Photo MJ to Present First Broadway Sponsorship of Inaugural HBCU New York Football Classic
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 6, 2022

MJ will partner with Sports Eleven05 and Van Wagner Sports to present the 2022 Toyota HBCU New York Football Classic presented by Walmart: Morehouse Tigers vs. Howard Bison football game on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Metlife Stadium; the first time the game has been played in the tri-state area in 8 years.

CHILDREN OF EDEN Coming to Broadway in 2023? Photo CHILDREN OF EDEN Coming to Broadway in 2023?
by Team BWW - Sep 6, 2022

As BroadwayWorld first reported in 2020, Children of Eden has been circling a pre-Broadway run in Chicago, which was derailed multiple times by the pandemic. Now the show will get a staged concert at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre

Tiit Helimets Will Be a Guest Artist in the Allen Civic Ballet's Production of THE NU Photo Tiit Helimets Will Be a Guest Artist in the Allen Civic Ballet's Production of THE NUTCRACKER
by Stephi Wild - Sep 6, 2022

TIIT HELIMETS, principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet, will appear as a guest artist in the Allen Civic Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker,  at the Performing Arts Center at Allen High School in Allen, Texas on December 17 (Evening) and 18 (Matinee), 2022.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2023-24 Season; SIX, BEETLEJUICE, and Photo Denver Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2023-24 Season; SIX, BEETLEJUICE, and More!
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 29, 2022

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway and Cabaret announce the new, bigger, brighter and bolder 2023/2024 season. Subscription shows include 1776, Jagged Little Pill, Beetlejuice, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, SIX, Message In A Bottle, MJ and Company, with Denver favorites:  The Book of Mormon, Disney's Aladdin, Les Misérables, Wicked and many more as added attractions.

Christopher Wheeldon Videos

VIDEO: Myles Frost Teaches TODAY Hosts How to Dance Like Michael Jackson VideoVIDEO: Myles Frost Teaches TODAY Hosts How to Dance Like Michael Jackson
by Michael Major - Jul 5, 2022

Tony Award-winner Myles Frost appeared on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss starring as Michael Jackson in MJ on Broadway. Frost joined Hoda Kotb and guest co-host Stephen 'tWitch' Boss, revealing how he taught himself how to dance. Frost discussed when he got the call that he would be starring in MJ and joined tWitch for a dance-off.

VIDEO: History-Making MJ Star Myles Frost Celebrates His Big Win! VideoVIDEO: History-Making MJ Star Myles Frost Celebrates His Big Win!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 13, 2022

Myles Frost made history, becoming the youngest individual actor to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical at only 22- years old. He took home the award for his critically acclaimed performance as Michael Jackson in the smash Broadway hit, MJ. watch his celebration with his MJ family!

VIDEO: Myles Frost and the Cast of MJ the Musical Perform 'Smooth Criminal' VideoVIDEO: Myles Frost and the Cast of MJ the Musical Perform 'Smooth Criminal'
by Stephi Wild - Jun 13, 2022

MJ the Musical has released a full clip of the song 'Smooth Criminal' performed on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre. The cast is led by Myles Frost as Michael Jackson. Check out the full performance here!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of MJ THE MUSICAL Give Stevie Wonder a Birthday Serenade VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of MJ THE MUSICAL Give Stevie Wonder a Birthday Serenade
by Marissa Tomeo - May 21, 2022

On Thursday night, MJ the Musical had a very special guest in the audience. Stevie Wonder attended the musical in celebration of his 72nd birthday, which was on May 13th. The cast of the Tony nominated musical serenaded the legend by singing, 'Happy Birthday.' Wonder also went backstage to meet and greet the cast. Watch the CBS New York video below!

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: MJ's Christopher Wheeldon VideoMeet the 2022 Tony Nominees: MJ's Christopher Wheeldon
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2022

Today we're studying up on Christopher Wheeldon nominated for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography for MJ the Musical. Watch the interview as Christopher discusses the tough season, working on MJ The Musical and more!

VIDEO: The Joyce at Lincoln Center to Present Pacific Northwest Ballet VideoVIDEO: The Joyce at Lincoln Center to Present Pacific Northwest Ballet
by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2022

The Joyce Theater Foundation has announced the long-awaited return of Pacific Northwest Ballet, the company’s first full NYC season in six years. Presenting two mixed-bill programs, the company will play Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, kicking-off with a special gala performance on June 22 followed by two repertory programs through June 26.

VIDEO: MJ Cast Hits the Red Carpet to Celebrate Opening Night! VideoVIDEO: MJ Cast Hits the Red Carpet to Celebrate Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2022

The curtain was raised last night for the opening night of one of the most anticipated musicals in recent Broadway history: MJ. The cast, including 12 Broadway debuts, took their first opening night bows at the Neil Simon Theatre. Newcomer Myles Frost, of Washington, D.C., made his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson and received multiple standing ovations. Watch below as the company hits the red carpet right before the curtain went up!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of MJ Take Opening Night Bows VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of MJ Take Opening Night Bows
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2022

The curtain was raised last night for the opening night of one of the most anticipated musicals in recent Broadway history: MJ. The cast, including 12 Broadway debuts, took their first opening night bows at the Neil Simon Theatre. Newcomer Myles Frost, of Washington, D.C., made his Broadway debut as Michael Jackson and received multiple standing ovations. Watch the opening night bows below and catch a clip of the cast performing 'Beat It.'

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Royal Ballet's Streaming THE SLEEPING BEAUTY VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Royal Ballet's Streaming THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Stage Tube - Jan 3, 2022

Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells in this landmark production of Petipa’s classic ballet, to Tchaikovsky's glorious music.

VIDEO: New York City Ballet Teases 2021-22 Season in New Trailer VideoVIDEO: New York City Ballet Teases 2021-22 Season in New Trailer
by Stage Tube - Aug 7, 2021

The season will include 16 weeks of repertory performances, including a four-week Fall Season (September 21 – October 17, 2021), six-week Winter Season (January 18 – February 27, 2022), and six-week Spring Season (April 19 – May 29, 2022).  See attached season calendars for complete programming information.


Christopher Wheeldon Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Christopher Wheeldon been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for MJ The Musical , Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Drama League Awards) for MJ the Musical , Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for MJ the Musical , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for MJ the Musical , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for MJ The Musical , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for MJ The Musical , Best Theatre Choreographer (Olivier Awards) for An American In Paris , Best Choreography (BroadwayWorld Awards) for An American in Paris , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for An American in Paris , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for An American in Paris , Outstanding Achievement in Dance (Olivier Awards) for , Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for An American in Paris , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for An American in Paris , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for An American in Paris , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for An American in Paris Outstanding Achievement in Dance (Olivier Awards) for Polyphonia and Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sweet Smell of Success .

What awards has Christopher Wheeldon won?
Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for MJ The Musical, Best Choreography (BroadwayWorld Awards) for An American in Paris, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for An American in Paris, Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for An American in Paris Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for An American in Parisand Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for An American in Paris.