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Joel Grey receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Chita Rivera Awards

The Chita Rivera Awards were announced this week with an extra special Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to the beloved Tony, Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Joel Grey.

Grey, best known for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in both the stage and 1972 film adaptation of Cabaret officially came out as gay man in 2015. He has had a storied career in television, film and the stage, most recently serving as Director of the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the Chita Rivera Awards were produced by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation Inc., in conjunction with Patricia Watt. The Awards were hosted by Charlotte d’Amboise and Bianca Marroquín.

In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered outstanding choreography, featured dancers, and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as outstanding choreography in film that opened pre-Covid as well as in the 2021-2022 season. The following is a list of nominees and winners.

Chita Rivera with Myles Frost at The Chita Rivera Awards. I Photo from Instagram.

2022 CHITA RIVERA AWARD WINNERS

Winners are starred ** and in bold.

BROADWAY

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 (tie)

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

Robyn 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

OFF BROADWAY SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

The 2022 Chita Rivera Awards celebrated excellence in Off-Broadway musical theater

 by presenting two special awards.

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN AN OFF BROADWAY SHOW

**Josh Prince, Trevor 

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN AN OFF BROADWAY SHOW

**The Wrong Man

CHOREOGRAPHY IN FILM

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 (tie)

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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