Tommy 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
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show
Corbin Bleu, Holiday Inn
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show
Megan Sikora, Holiday Inn
Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show
Joshua Bergasse, 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.