The Chita Rivera Awards Kick Up Their Heels Once Again

Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shivelyand Ensemble in Broadway’s Paradise Square. Photo by ©Kevin-Berne

The 2022 Chita Rivera Awards Are Announced; Here is the Full List of Winners

Charlotte d’Amboise and Bianca Marroquín were in attendance, hosting the June 20 ceremony of the 4th annual Chita Rivera Awards at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony celebrates dance and recognizes the excellence of the choreographer. Paradise SquareMJ The MusicalThe Wrong Man, and Funny Girl were big winners, with Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman, and Jason Oremus winning for their choreographic work on Broadway’s new musical Paradise Square. It was Josh Prince, choreographer for the new musical, Trevor that took home the prize for his work on the Off-Broadway show.

Myles Frost and Jared Grimes tied for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show, for their work in MJ The Musical and Funny Girl respectively, with the cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf winning Oustanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show. Winning the award for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, it was Tendayl Kuumba who plays the Lady in Brown from that same show that took home the prize. For a full list of nominees, look down below. Up top, see the full list of winners.

Jared Grimes (center) and the cast of Funny Girl. Photo by Matthew Murphy

2022 Chita Rivera Award winners follow:

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show
Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman, Jason Oremus, Paradise Square

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show
Myles Frost, MJ the Musical
Jared Grimes, Funny Girl

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show
Tendayi Kuumba, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show
for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

The 2022 Chita Rivera Awards celebrated excellence in Off-Broadway musical theater by giving out two special awards:

Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show
Josh Prince, Trevor

Outstanding Ensemble in an Off-Broadway Show
The Wrong Man

Outstanding Choreography for a Theatrical Release
tick, tick…BOOM!
, Choreographer: Ryan Heffington; Associate Choreographer: Ryan Spencer

Outstanding Direction of a Documentary Release
First Try
, Director: Josh Prince
Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back
, Director: John Carluccio

Douglas & Ethel Watt Critics’ Choice Award
Annie-B Parson

For more information, visit ChitaRiveraAwards.com.

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Joshua Henry (C) and the cast of THE WRONG MAN (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Here are all of the NOMINATIONS:

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN A BROADWAY SHOW

Camille A. Brown, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
Warren Carlyle, The Music Man                               
*Bill T. Jones, Garrett Coleman, Jason Oremus, Paradise Square      
Annie-B Parson, American Utopia                                       
Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge                                      
Christopher Wheeldon, MJ, The Musical                  

OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER IN A BROADWAY SHOW

Sidney DuPont, Paradise Square
*Myles Frost, MJ the Musical
*Jared Grimes, Funny Girl                                           
Hugh Jackman, The Music Man                                                                                
AJ Shively, Paradise Square
Tony Yazbeck, Flying Over Sunset

OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER IN A BROADWAY SHOW

Sutton Foster, The Music Man
Robin Hurder, Moulin Rouge
*Tendayi Kuumba, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
Heather Lang, Jagged Little Pill                     
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical 

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW

American Utopia
*for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
MJ the Musical
Moulin Rouge
Paradise Square
The Music Man

West Side Story.

FILM NOMINATIONS:

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY FOR A THEATRICAL RELEASE

Cinderella
Choreographer: Ashley Wallen; (Assistant Choreographer: Jenny Griffin)

Everyone’s Talking About Jamie
Choreographer: Kate Prince; (Assistant Choreographer: Tommy Franzen)

In The Heights
Choreographer: Christopher Scott; (3 Associate and 3 Assistant Choreographers)

*tick, tick…BOOM!
Choreographer: Ryan Heffington; (Associate Choreographer: Ryan Spencer)

West Side Story
Choreographed: Justin Peck; (Associate Choreographer: Craig Salstein)

Original choreography by: Jerome Robbins; Original Broadway Production Co-Choreographed by: Peter Gennaro)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY RELEASE

Ballerina Boys – The Trocaderos
Directors: Chana Gazit and Martie Barylick

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters
Directors: Tom Hurwitz and Rosalynde LeBlanc

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Director: Oliver Bokelberg

*First Try
Director: Josh Prince

*Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back
Director: John Carluccio

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