Nominations for the 2023 Chita Rivera Awards, recognizing excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in film, as decided by three separate nominating committees, were announced today, for shows and films that opened during the 2022-2023 theater season. For the first time, the category of Outstanding Dancer in a Broadway Show is gender-free; it has twice as many nominees as the former gendered categories and there will be two winners.
Named for the theatrical icon – one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents and one of the most nominated performers in Tony Awards history (with ten nominations, two competitive awards, and the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime) – the Awards will be presented on May 22, at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, in a ceremony hosted by Jared Grimes (Funny Girl) and produced by Joe Lanteri (Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation , Inc.) in conjunction with Patricia Watt.
At the awards ceremony, John Kander will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and BroadwayHD, founded by Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane, will receive the Ambassadors for the Arts Award. Tickets are available to the general public; all proceeds benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program, which awards college scholarships to talented teenagers.
And the nominations for the 2023 Chita Rivera Awards are:
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN A BROADWAY SHOW: Steven Hoggett, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical; Casey Nicholaw, Some Like It Hot; Susan Stroman, New York, New York; Jennifer Weber, & Juliet
OUTSTANDING DANCER IN A BROADWAY SHOW: Clyde Alves, New York, New York; Peter John Chursin, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; Dylis Croman, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot; Jacob Guzman, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; Robyn Hurder, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical; Kolton Krouse, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; Jess LeProtto, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical; Mattie Love, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; Khori Michelle Petinaud, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW: & Juliet; A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical; Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; New York, New York; Some Like It Hot
OFF BROADWAY SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS: The Awarding Committee of the 2023 Chita Rivera Awards will celebrate excellence in Off-Broadway musical theater by presenting the following special awards:
OUTSTANDING DANCERS IN AN OFF BROADWAY SHOW: Gaby Diaz, Only Gold; Ryan Steele, Only Gold
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN AN OFF BROADWAY SHOW: Andy Blankenbuehler, Only Gold
CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM: Mandy Moore, for Babylon; Luke Broadlick, for Magic Mike’s Last Dance; Ellen Kane, for Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical; Jamal Sims, for Spirited; Chloe Arnold, for 13: The Musical
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY RELEASE: Amy Rice, for Broadway Rising; Dan Watt, for Everybody Dance; Brett Morgen, for Moonage Daydream.
Congratulations and thanks to all the nominees for their outstanding contributions!
The 2023 Chita Rivera Awards will be presented on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 7:30 pm, at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, NYC. For tickets (priced at $125-600, plus fees), go online. Everyone must be able to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a recent booster shot, and masks are recommended.