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2013 Astaire Award Winners: Pippin and Motown

Pippin Music Box TheatreEricLaJuanSummersPippin and Motown were the winners in the 2013 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards celebrating dance on stage and on screen.

The two Broadway musicals shared the award for outstanding choreographer of a Broadway show.

Charlotte d’Amboise won for her dancing in the role of Fastrada, King Charlemagne’s second wife (Pippin’s stepmother) in “Pippin”

Eric LaJuan Summers won for his roles in “Motown: The Musical.” He plays six different characters, from Rick James to one of the five Jackson brothers, but is most notable as the early 50’s gyrating rocker Jackie Wilson.  As I wrote in my review, his gymnastic shimmying and electrifying yelps while performing one of Gordy’s first hits, “Reet Petite,” is the most thoroughly thrilling of the many showstoppers in “Motown.”

Here is the full list of nominees, with the winners in boldface with an asterisk. The 31st Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were held June 3 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:

*Charlotte d’Amboise (Pippin)
Taylor Louderman (Bring It On)
Laura Osnes (Cinderella)
Patina Miller (Pippin)
Andrea Martin (Pippin)
Lesli Margherita (Matilda)
Stephanie Pope (Pippin)

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: 
*Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown)
Rob McClure (Chaplin)
Andy Mills (Cinderella)
Billy Porter (Kinky Boots)
Charlie Sutton (Kinky Boots)

Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Show (a tie):
Andy Blankenbuehler (Bring It On)
Warren Carlyle (Chaplin)
Peter Darling (Matilda)
Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots)
Josh Rhodes (Cinderella)
Sergio Trujillo (Hands on a Hardbody)
*Chet Walker (Pippin)
*Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams (Motown)

Outstanding Choreographer in a Feature Film
*Sidi Larbi Cherkaouit (“Anna Karenina”)
Alison Faulk (“Magic Mike”)
Mia Michaels (“Rock Of Ages”)
Mandy Moore (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Poonam Shyam (“Trishna”)
Jamal Sims, Christopher Scott, Chuck Maldonado and Travis Wall (“Step Up Revolution”)

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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