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Donald McKayle

Also Credited As: Don McKayle
 
Donald McKayle Headshot

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
Performer
Gendarme
Dancing Ensemble

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Choreographer
 
[Regional (US), 1980]
Director/Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 1975]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Director/Choreographer
Choreographer
Director
 
[Broadway, 1968]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1966]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1961]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1959]
Associate Choreographer

Writing

Conceiver

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Dancer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1950
Performer

Gendarme

Dancing Ensemble

Productions

[Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer

[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1981]
Choreographer

[Regional (US), 1980]
Director/Choreographer

[US Tour, 1975]
Director/Choreographer

[Broadway, 1975]
Director/Choreographer

Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 1973]
Director/Choreographer

Choreographer

Director

[Broadway, 1968]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1966]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1964]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1961]
Choreographer

[Broadway, 1959]
Associate Choreographer

Writing
Conceiver

Donald McKayle Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1981 - Best Choreography Gold Star
Donald McKayle, Sophisticated Ladies
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Best Choreography
Donald McKayle, Sophisticated Ladies
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Choreography
Donald McKayle , Raisin
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Best Direction of a Musical
Donald McKayle, Raisin
 
Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Choreography
Donald McKayle, Golden Boy

Donald McKayle News

Limón Dance Company Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary During The Fifth Week Of Festiva Photo Limón Dance Company Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary During The Fifth Week Of Festival 2022
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 22, 2022

Limón Dance Company will celebrate part of its 75th anniversary season at the Pillow in the fifth week of Festival 2022 from July 20-24. The program will feature works by Limón, Doris Humphrey, and Olivier Taparga. In addition, Music From The Sole will perform tap's afro-diasporic roots on the Henry J. Leir stage from Wednesday through Sunday.

SW!NG OUT to be Presented in Week 3 of Jacob's Pillow's Festival 2022 Photo SW!NG OUT to be Presented in Week 3 of Jacob's Pillow's Festival 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

In the third week of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2022, audiences in the Ted Shawn Theatre will be treated to live music and the best of the swing dance world in SW!NG OUT. Also in Week 3, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, Prakriti Dance, Bill Shannon, and The New York Korean Performing Arts Center will take to the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage.

World Premiere of THE EQUALITY OF NIGHT AND DAY & More to Take the Stage at Jacob's P Photo World Premiere of THE EQUALITY OF NIGHT AND DAY & More to Take the Stage at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Week 2
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 1, 2022

Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE will return to Jacob’s Pillow in Week 2 of the Dance Festival this year from June 29-July 3. The company will perform several works, including the world premiere of The Equality of Night and Day, with noted jazz composer Jason Moran playing live for each performance.

Vintage Theatre Announces 2022- 2023 Season Photo Vintage Theatre Announces 2022- 2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 23, 2022

Vintage Theatre Productions announces 10 shows and two special events for the 2022-2023 season. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora. Early bird season tickets are currently on sale.

Ballet Tech's Kids Dance to Return to the Joyce for First New York Season Since 2019 Photo Ballet Tech's Kids Dance to Return to the Joyce for First New York Season Since 2019
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

Ballet Tech’s Kids Dance will return to The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) with a program devised by the organization’s new artistic director, Dionne D. Figgins. The production celebrates founder Eliot Feld, featuring some of his early Kids Dance pieces as part of Ballet Tech’s expanding repertory.

Jacob's Pillow Announces 2022 Dance Festival Photo Jacob's Pillow Announces 2022 Dance Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 2, 2022

Jacob’s Pillow has announced the full season lineup for Festival 2022, featuring world premieres, new commissions, 90th Anniversary Season celebrations, Pillow-exclusive engagements, and work developed at the Pillow Lab. 

American Dance Guild to Present NEW DANCE GROUP: VOICES FOR CHANGE Photo American Dance Guild to Present NEW DANCE GROUP: VOICES FOR CHANGE
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 28, 2022

New Dance Group: Voices for Change, a virtual presentation of rare historic dances, will be offered by the American Dance Guild in four consecutive streaming programs over four weeks, Monday, January 31 through Sunday, Feb. 27. This historical gem will be available to stream on Vimeo and through the ADG website. The showings are free, with donations welcome.

New Dance Group Presents VOICES FOR CHANGE Dance Festival Photo New Dance Group Presents VOICES FOR CHANGE Dance Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 19, 2022

New Dance Group: Voices for Change, a virtual presentation of rare historic dances, will be offered by the American Dance Guild in four consecutive streaming programs over four weeks, Monday, January 31 through Sunday, Feb. 27. This historical gem will be available to stream on Vimeo and through the ADG website. The showings are free, with donations welcome.

American Dance Guild to Present NEW DANCE GROUP: VOICES FOR CHANGE Photo American Dance Guild to Present NEW DANCE GROUP: VOICES FOR CHANGE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2022

New Dance Group: Voices for Change, a virtual presentation of rare historic dances, will be offered by the American Dance Guild in four consecutive streaming programs over four weeks, Monday, January 31 through Sunday, Feb. 27. 

Neville Dance Theatre Announces 16th Anniversary Year Celebration BEETHOVEN & BALLET Photo Neville Dance Theatre Announces 16th Anniversary Year Celebration BEETHOVEN & BALLET
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2021

Manhattan contemporary ballet company Neville Dance Theatre will celebrate sixteen years of performing and producing dance in New York City, with a return to the stage in a special production comprised of the World Premiere of 'Beethoven Suite' and a revival of repertory work 'Children's Corner', entitled 'Beethoven and Ballet'.

Donald McKayle Videos

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Zach Theatre's SOPHISTICATED LADIES Starring Jennifer Holliday!
by TV - On the Road - Jul 27, 2015

BroadwayWorld presents a first look at highlights of ZACH Theatre's Sophisticated Ladies, the Duke Ellington musical review starring Broadway's original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday. ZACH Theatre Associate Artistic Director ABE REYBOLD will direct the musical in the Topfer Theatre on the Karen Kuykendall stage July 15, 2015 - August 23, 2015. A full onstage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like 'Mood Indigo,' Take the A Train,' 'It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Check out a first look at the cast in action below!

STAGE TUBE: Jennifer Holliday Talks the Music of Duke Ellington in SOPHISTICATED LADIES
by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2015

ZACH Theatre presents Sophisticated Ladies, the Duke Ellington musical review starring Broadway's original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday. ZACH Theatre Associate Artistic Director ABE REYBOLD will direct the musical in the Topfer Theatre on the Karen Kuykendall stage July 15, 2015 - August 23, 2015. A full onstage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like 'Mood Indigo,' Take the A Train,' 'It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Check out the video below of Jennifer Holliday discussing Duke Ellington's music!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals for SOPHISTICATED LADIES Starring Jennifer Holliday
by Stage Tube - Jul 15, 2015

ZACH Theatre presents Sophisticated Ladies, the Duke Ellington musical review starring Broadway's original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday. ZACH Theatre Associate Artistic Director ABE REYBOLD will direct the musical in the Topfer Theatre on the Karen Kuykendall stage tonight, July 15, 2015 - August 23, 2015. A full onstage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like 'Mood Indigo,' Take the A Train,' 'It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)' to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.  Check out a sneak peek at rehearsals below!

STAGE TUBE: SOPHISTICATED LADIES At Arena Stage
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 21, 2010

Big band sound transforms the Lincoln Theatre into a Duke Ellington jazz club as Arena Stage presents Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, choreographed by and starring Maurice Hines (Broadway's Sophisticated Ladies and Uptown... It's Hot!) with direction by Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena's Guys and Dolls and Blue).


Donald McKayle Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Donald McKayle been in?
Donald McKayle has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Donald McKayle been in?
Donald McKayle has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Donald McKayle been nominated for?
Best Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sophisticated Ladies , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Sophisticated Ladies , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Raisin Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Raisin and Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Golden Boy .

What awards has Donald McKayle won?
Best Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Sophisticated Ladies.

How many shows has Donald McKayle written?
Donald McKayle has written 1 shows including Sophisticated Ladies (Conceiver).