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‘After Midnight’ Dominates Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

‘After Midnight’ Dominates Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
Photo Source: Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

The nominees for the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards—recognizing great Broadway dancers—have been announced, with “After Midnight” earning nods for seven of its performers, including Julius Chisolm and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, and one for choreographer Warren Carlyle.

Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) and Andy Karl (“Rocky”) both received nominations, as did Nick Cordero, Karen Ziemba, and Heléne Yorke—all actor-dancers in “Bullets Over Broadway.”

“Aladdin” director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw earned a nod, alongside “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” choreographer Peggy Hickey, and others.

Five-time Tony Award nominee Pat Birch (“West Side Story”) will be presented with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, and legendary dance instructor Luigi will receive the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. Luigi is credited with creating the first complete technique for learning jazz dance after a devastating accident left him severely injured. His students include Liza Minnelli, Tony Roberts, Ben Vereen, and Susan Stroman.

Established in 1982, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honor outstanding achievement for dancers on Broadway. The ceremony will be held June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The full list of nominees is below.


Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show
Julius Chisolm, After Midnight
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Virgil Gadson, After Midnight
Jared Grimes, After Midnight
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Andy Karl, Rocky
Desmond Richardson, After Midnight

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show
Krystal Joy Brown, Big Fish
Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, After Midnight
Karine Plantadit, After Midnight
Gayle Rankin, Cabaret
Monique Smith, After Midnight
Heléne Yorke, Bullets Over Broadway
Karen Ziemba, Bullets Over Broadway

Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Big Fish & Bullets Over Broadway
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky
Josh Prince, Beautiful
Peggy Hickey, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Rob Marshall, Cabaret

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