Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:
Hugh Jackman in a still from The Greatest Showman (photo by Niko Tavernise, courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)
Is it October 2020 yet?
Playbill just announced that next year, a revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man will hit the Great White Way, starring everyone's favorite Hollywood/Broadway song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman as the show's titular charming con man Harold Hill. Given Jackman's star turn as razzle-dazzle impresario P.T. Barnum in last year's The Greatest Showman (aka all we could talk about here at DS for basically all of last winter), this is such an obvious casting choice that we're low-key embarrassed we didn't think of it ourselves.
The Broadway cast of Hamilton (Joan Marcus, courtesy Sam Rudy PR)
Today, January 11, is #AlexanderHamiltonDay: A very happy 264th birthday to Alexander Hamilton! Thanks to this most unlikely of Founding Fathers—a brilliant and ballsy orphaned immigrant who dramatically rose, then fell, then rose again—we have possibly the most successful musical of all time. We also, of course, got priceless GIFs such as this one:
*When your crush walks over and you're trying to act natural but your friends are all like*
Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, while we can't get you "in the room where it happens" with tickets to the show's current Broadway, touring, or Puerto Rico productions—the last of which opens tonight!—we CAN offer up some fun ways to fête A.Ham's day of birth. Just you wait:
The iconic 1990s musical Rent is the latest Broadway show to get the live treatment. Airing January 27, the star-studded cast includes Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen Johnson, Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, Tinashe as Mimi Marquez, and "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant Valentina as Angel. Keala Settle of The Greatest Showman will also make an appearance to sing "Seasons of Love," and Sonya Tayeh will provide brand-new choreography. We caught up with ensemble dancer Khori Petinaud to get the inside scoop on the movement—and why fans of the original will be super-satisfied with this version.
Broadway vet Cameron Adams, dancing Warren Carlyle's choreo from "She Loves Me" (screenshot via YouTube)
Okay, y'all: It's time to call it like it is. You've now been home from school for several days. You've spent some QT with the fam, gorged on all of the holiday goodies, and are finally starting to get just the sliiiiiiiiiightest bit tired of staring into space doing *~nothing~*. You've entered the little-understood (but super-prevalent) state called Winter Break Boredom. This calls for a boredom buster—and boy, do we have a great one for you.