Tommy Tune, Bandstand, Great Comet Among 2017 Chita Rivera Award Winners

Chita Rivera Awards logoTommy Tune lifetimeTommy Tune was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award last night at the 2017 Chita Rivera Award, the newly named awards for dance and choreography in New York theater and on film. Diane Paulus was presented with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater as Director.

The competitive categories were awarded to choreographers and dancers from Great Comet, Sweet Charity and Holiday Inn — all shows that have closed — and to Bandstand, which closes Sunday.  Almost all the nominees that didn’t win were from shows that are still running. (Nominations were announced back in May.)

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

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Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812


Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show

Corbin Bleu, Holiday Inn

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Megan Sikora and Corbin Bleu

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show

Megan Sikora, Holiday Inn

Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show

Joshua Bergasse, Sweet Charity

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael in Sweet Charity

Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off Broadway Show

Lyrica Woodruff, Finian’s Rainbow


Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off Broadway Show

Brandon Espinoza, Baghdaddy


The Chita Rivera Awards carry on the mission of The Fred and Estelle Astaire Awards.

Author: 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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