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Debbie Allen

Also Credited As: Deborah Allen
 
Birth Place:
Houston, TX, USA
Bio:
For her vast body of work, Ms. Allen has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, a Drama Desk, an Astaire Award (for Best Dancer), and the Olivier Award. She holds four honorary Doctorate degrees and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was appointed by President ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: January 16, 1950 (72)

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

Bio:
For her vast body of work, Ms. Allen has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, a Drama Desk, an Astaire Award (for Best Dancer), and the Olivier Award. She holds four honorary Doctorate degrees and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was appointed by President ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Charity Hope Valentine
Charity
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1981
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1980
Anita
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1978
Alice
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer 5 [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2008]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Choreographer

Photos

From left, athlete Norm Nixon and actor Debbie Allen arrive for the opening night per Photo

From left, athlete Norm Nixon and actor Debbie Allen arrive for the opening night performance of ?Blues for an Alabama Sky? at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on April 13, 2022, in Los Angeles,

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Virginia Johnson, Debbie Allen  Photo

Virginia Johnson, Debbie Allen

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04/06/2022
Virginia Johnson, Debbie Allen  Photo

Virginia Johnson, Debbie Allen

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04/06/2022
Virginia Johnson, Debbie Allen  Photo

Virginia Johnson, Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen and Irene Gandy Photo

Debbie Allen and Irene Gandy

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Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1986
Charity Hope Valentine

Charity

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Showcase, 1981
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1980
Anita

  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1978
Alice

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Performer 5 [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Productions

[Broadway, 2008]
Director

[Broadway, 1988]
Choreographer

Debbie Allen Biography

For her vast body of work, Ms. Allen has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five NAACP Image Awards, a Drama Desk, an Astaire Award (for Best Dancer), and the Olivier Award. She holds four honorary Doctorate degrees and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to represent the United States as a Cultural Ambassador of Dance.
She has been artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years, creating original works with the legendary Arturo Sandoval and James Ingram, such as: Pepito’s Story, Brothers of the Knight, Dreams, Alex in Wonderland, Soul Possessed, Pearl, Dancing in the Wings and Oman O Man. Her long list of directing and producing credits include television classics such as FAME, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin, Empire, A Different World, Everybody Hates Chris, Stompin’ At The Savoy, Polly, That’s So Raven, Cool Women, Quantum Leap, The Fantasia Barrino Story, and on stage, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She is currently Executive Produce/Director/Actress on ABC's Grey’s Anatomy.

Debbie Allen Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2010 - Best Revival Gold Star
Debbie Allen, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
Debbie AllenDreams
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production Gold Star
Debbie AllenBrothers of the Knight
 
Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Debbie Allen , Sweet Charity
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Debbie Allen, West Side Story
 
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Debbie Allen, West Side Story

Debbie Allen News

Billy Porter, Questlove & More to be Featured in JUNETEENTH: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM Photo Billy Porter, Questlove & More to be Featured in JUNETEENTH: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM at the Hollywood Bowl
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2022

Sunday, June 19, 2022 marks the anniversary of¬†Black Independence Day in America‚ÄĒJuneteenth. In recognition of this day, a¬†JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom¬†will take place¬†at the world-famous¬†Hollywood Bowl¬†on¬†Sunday, June 19,¬†featuring a diverse lineup of thoughtful, impactful, and essential Black artists.

BWW Interview: SheleŐĀa's Fabulous WORLD: THROUGH THE EYES OF ALLEN & MARILYN BERGMAN Photo BWW Interview: SheleŐĀa's Fabulous WORLD: THROUGH THE EYES OF ALLEN & MARILYN BERGMAN
by Gil Kaan - May 18, 2022

A prot√©g√©e of Quincy Jones and mentored by Stevie Wonder, singer SheleŐĀa graces The Wallis stage with her one-nighter Pretty World: Through the Eyes of Alan & Marilyn Bergman June 25, 2022. SheleŐĀa shared remembrances of her many high-profile events in her life leading up to her Bergmans tribute.

YoungArts Announces The 2022 U.S Presidential Scholars In The Arts Photo YoungArts Announces The 2022 U.S Presidential Scholars In The Arts
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

YoungArts congratulates the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, with special acknowledgement to the 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts (full list below) who are YoungArts award winners and were nominated for the honor by YoungArts. The U.S. Presidential Scholars award‚ÄĒone of the nation's highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic excellence, leadership qualities and community service‚ÄĒis presented on behalf of the President of the United States and honors up to 161 graduating high school seniors of high potential each year. Students who would like to be considered for U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts must be YoungArts award winners. Applications for the 2023 YoungArts competition will open on June 7, 2022 at youngarts.org/competition.

VIDEO: Jesse Williams & Jesse Tyler Ferguson Play the 'Broadway BFF Test' on WATCH WH Photo VIDEO: Jesse Williams & Jesse Tyler Ferguson Play the 'Broadway BFF Test' on WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE
by Michael Major - May 10, 2022

Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson sat down with Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live last night to discuss their current Broadway run in Take Me Out. The pair was also joined by Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Eduardo Ramos, and Carl Lundstedt, their fellow cast members from the show who also served as bartenders.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of GREY'S ANATOMY on ABC - Thursday, May 12, 2022 Photo Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of GREY'S ANATOMY on ABC - Thursday, May 12, 2022
by TV Scoop - May 5, 2022

Get all the scoop on GREY'S ANATOMY, airing on ABC on Thursday, May 12, 2022! Guest starring is Debbie Allen as Catherine Fox, Cedric Sanders as Simon Clark and BIANCA A. Santos as Kristen Clark. Plus, watch a clip from a recent episode now!

Robert Petkoff, Ta'Nika Gibson and Brandon Chu Will Lead CAMELOT at the Muny Photo Robert Petkoff, Ta'Nika Gibson and Brandon Chu Will Lead CAMELOT at the Muny
by Stephi Wild - May 5, 2022

The Muny announced today that Robert Petkoff, Ta'Nika Gibson and Brandon Chu will star in the enchanting and romantic legend, Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, June 22-28, 2022. This triumphant story is directed by Matt Kunkel, choreographed by Beth Crandall, with music direction by Abdul Hamid Royal.

Detroit's Carr Center Welcomes Back Debbie Allen To Lead Dance Academy Intensive Photo Detroit's Carr Center Welcomes Back Debbie Allen To Lead Dance Academy Intensive
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2022

Oliver Ragsdale, Jr., President and CEO of the Carr Center, the legacy Black arts presenter located in the heart of Detroit's downtown cultural district, today announces that multi-award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, and director Debbie Allen will once again oversee The Carr's Summer Dance Intensive program for a fourth year.

BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER Photo BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER
by Michael Major - Apr 19, 2022

Debbie Allen will guest star on a new episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. BroadwayWorld is sharing an exclusive clip from the new episode, featuring Allen as Myrtle, an ostrich-riding cowgirl who raps about the barbecue food she will serve to the Proud Family. Watch the exclusive clip now!

Photos: BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY Opens At Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Photo Photos: BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY Opens At Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 14, 2022

The revival of Pearl Cleage's rich and beautiful work 'Blues for an Alabama Sky' opened Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 8 p.m. at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Go inside the starry opening night below!

Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young to Lead the Cast of SKATES in Chicago Photo Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young to Lead the Cast of SKATES in Chicago
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 13, 2022

America’s next big musical sensation has its cast! American Idol favorites Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will lead the incredible cast of the new musical, Skates.

Debbie Allen Videos

VIDEO: Jesse Williams & Jesse Tyler Ferguson Play the 'Broadway BFF Test' on WATCH WH VideoVIDEO: Jesse Williams & Jesse Tyler Ferguson Play the 'Broadway BFF Test' on WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE
by Michael Major - May 10, 2022

Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson sat down with Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live last night to discuss their current Broadway run in Take Me Out. The pair was also joined by Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Eduardo Ramos, and Carl Lundstedt, their fellow cast members from the show who also served as bartenders.

BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER VideoBWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER
by Michael Major - Apr 19, 2022

Debbie Allen will guest star on a new episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. BroadwayWorld is sharing an exclusive clip from the new episode, featuring Allen as Myrtle, an ostrich-riding cowgirl who raps about the barbecue food she will serve to the Proud Family. Watch the exclusive clip now!

VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke & Chita Rivera Discuss Their Lives in the Theater VideoVIDEO: Dick Van Dyke & Chita Rivera Discuss Their Lives in the Theater
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 1, 2021

Watch as the longtime friends chat about Dick Van Dyke's career. Earlier this year, stage and screen legend Dick Van Dyke received a Kennedy Center Honor- which almost 20 years ago was also bestowed upon the equally legendary Chita Rivera. In the video, the friends chat about the significance of the honor, their shared experiences and the career and achievements of Van Dyke.  

VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke on His Career in New Kennedy Center Honors Interview Clip VideoVIDEO: Dick Van Dyke on His Career in New Kennedy Center Honors Interview Clip
by Stage Tube - Jul 13, 2021

The 2020 Kennedy Center Honors, which traditionally is held in early December each year, was postponed until May 2021 due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the upcoming ceremony here!

VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens Performs 'Fame' Honor Debbie Allen at the 2021 KENNEDY CENTER  VideoVIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens Performs 'Fame' Honor Debbie Allen at the 2021 KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2021

Watch the vibrant performance honoring Allen here, featuring a professional ensemble that mirrors the energy and precision of the dancers in the iconic original film.

VIDEO: Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Derek Hough, & More Pay Tribute to Dick Van Dyke at  VideoVIDEO: Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Derek Hough, & More Pay Tribute to Dick Van Dyke at THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2021

In an additional honor, Derek Hough, Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, Pentatonix, and a vibrant danse ensemble recreated 'Step In Time' from Mary Poppins.

VIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale! VideoVIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2021

‚ÄúYou Will Be Found‚ÄĚ by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is performed by Jenn Colella, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Cast Amy Adams, James Monroe Iglehart, Cheyenne Jackson, L Morgan Lee, Raymond J. Lee, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Ruthie Ann Miles, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many more!

VIDEO: Mariah Carey, Kerry Washington & More Honor Debbie Allen in Celebration of DAN VideoVIDEO: Mariah Carey, Kerry Washington & More Honor Debbie Allen in Celebration of DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2020

Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington and more send DEBBIE ALLEN kind words and virtual flowers in celebration of her new Netflix documentary, DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER.

VIDEO: Debbie Allen Talks About Making THE NUTCRACKER Inclusive on THE KELLY CLARKSON VideoVIDEO: Debbie Allen Talks About Making THE NUTCRACKER Inclusive on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2020

Debbie Allen is shaking up the ballet world with her new show that puts a modern and inclusive spin on 'The Nutcracker.'

VIDEO: See Debbie Allen in the Trailer for DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER VideoVIDEO: See Debbie Allen in the Trailer for DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2020

From Shondaland, the Netflix documentary film Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker shines a light on the work of trailblazing icon Debbie Allen and her reimagining of the classic ballet performed annually by the gifted students of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA).


Debbie Allen Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Debbie Allen been in?
Debbie Allen has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Debbie Allen been in?
Debbie Allen has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Debbie Allen been nominated for?
Best Revival (Olivier Awards) for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof , Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Dreams , Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Brothers of the Knight , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sweet Charity Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for West Side Story and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for West Side Story .

What awards has Debbie Allen won?
Best Revival (Olivier Awards) for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Brothers of the Knightand Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for West Side Story.