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B’way Does the ‘Shuffle’ at Astaire Awards

B’way Does the ‘Shuffle’ at Astaire Awards
Photo Source: “Shuffle Along”/YouTube

“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” came out on top at the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards held Monday, May 16, with three wins. The show took outstanding ensemble and its star Phillip Attmore was named best male dancer. Choreographer Savion Glover was honored with the best choreographer win and shared the recognition with Andy Blankenbuehler for his work on “Hamilton” and Sergio Trujillo for the Gloria Estefan jukebox musical “On Your Feet!”

“She Loves Me” star Jane Krakowskiwho is literally dragged across the stage in a full split in one of the revival’s numbers—took the award for best female dancer. She beat out the impressive tap dancing routines from Eloise Kropp and Mara Davi in “Dames at Sea,” as well as Deanna Doyle of “Tuck Everlasting,” Ana Villafañe of “On Your Feet!,” Adrienne Warren of “Shuffle Along,” and Sandra Mae Frank of “Spring Awakening.”

The honor for best choreography Off-Broadway was shared by Paul McGill (“The Legend of Georgia McBride”) and Connor Gallagher (“The Robber Bridegroom”). Outstanding female and male dancers Off-Broadway went to Rumi Oyama (“Sayonara”) and Robert Creighton (“Cagney”), respectively. Ballet drama “High Strung” choreographer Dave Scott took the award for best film choreography. The film stars former Mariinsky ballerina Keenan Kampa, opposite Nicholas Galitzine as an English busker living in New York City.

Founded in 1982 the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards recognize excellence in dance and choreography on stage and in film.

See below for the full list of nominees and winners!

BEST FEMALE DANCER
Mara Davi, Dames at Sea
Deanna Doyle, Tuck Everlasting
Sandra Mae Frank, Spring Awakening
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me*
Eloise Kropp, Dames at Sea
Ana Villafañe, On Your Feet
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

BEST MALE DANCER
Phillip Attmore, Shuffle Along*
Alex Brightman, School of Rock
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Carlos Gonzalez, On Your Feet
Curtis Holland, Shuffle Along
Kendrick Jones, Shuffle Along
Luis Salgado, On Your Feet

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton*
Warren Carlyle, She Loves Me
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along*
Lorin Latarro, Waitress
Spencer Liff, Spring Awakening
Casey Nicholaw, Tuck Everlasting
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet*
Josh Rhodes, Bright Star
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW
Bright Star
Dames at Sea
Fiddler on the Roof
Hamilton
On Your Feet
School of Rock
She Loves Me
Shuffle Along*
Spring Awakening

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM
Luke Broadlick, Teresa Espinosa, Alison Faulk & Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL
Christopher Gattelli, Hail, Caesar!
Aakomon Jones, Pitch Perfect 2
Joey Pizzi, Lucky Stiff
Fatima Robinson & Charm Jordan, Dance Camp
Dave Scott, High Strung*

OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY
Yesenia Ayala, Trip Of Love
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
Rumi Oyama, Sayonara*
Jaime Lynn Verazin, Standard Time
Ellen Zolezzi, Cagney

OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER OFF-BROADWAY
Jeremy Benton, Cagney
Dave Thomas Brown, The Legend Of Georgia McBride
Robert Creighton, Cagney*
Cory Lingner, Once Upon A Mattress
Matt McGrath, The Legend Of Georgia McBride

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY OFF-BROADWAY
Joshua Bergasse, Cagney
Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers
Connor Gallagher, The Robber Bridegroom*
Paul McGill, The Legend Of Georgia McBride*
James Ortiz, Claire Karpen & Will Gallacher, The Woodsman
Sergio Trujillo & Darrell Grand Moultrie, Invisible Thread

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