The Broadway community was #shook on Tuesday morning as "Smash" alums Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee announced the 2018 Tony Award nominations. (We were so happy to see our friends from Mean Girls honored with 12 noms!) But—sadly—there's no Tony Award category for ensemble dancers. Which feels especially unfair right now because this season's dancers are, in a word, killer.
So we went ahead and chose 7 of 'em who deserve Tony Awards of their own. Ladies and gentlemen, our picks for 2018's Best Ensemble Dancers:
Ryan Steele has become a Broadway mainstay, thanks to his powerful technique and commanding stage presence. He's been a part of the original casts of hit shows, including Newsies and Matilda, played a Lost Boy in Peter Pan Live!, and performed in the first national tour of An American in Paris. A Walled Lake, MI, native, Steele started dancing at Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center at 6. He began studying ballet seriously at 11, and was about to sign with Ballet Austin when he was offered a role in the 2009 revival of West Side Story on Broadway. This spring, you can catch him dancing in the Great White Way revival of Carousel. —Courtney Bowers
Who doesn't love a good ballet company couple? New York City Ballet has bunches of them—Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette, Janie Taylor and Sebastien Marcovici, Teresa Reichlen and Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette and Daniel Ulbricht—but one of the troupe's cutest pairs is Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. Even before they were dating, we wanted to pinch their cheeks. Now, every time we see the two principals onstage together, we get all giggly and happy.
So we were thrilled to hear that the dynamic Peck-Fairchild duo will be performing in the New York Philharmonic's presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, which runs Feburary 27 through March 2. Yes, since it's a Philharmonic production, it'll mostly be a celebration of the musical's beautiful score. But Peck and Fairchild's pas de deux to "If I Loved You" in the second act, choreographed by Warren Carlyle, is sure to be a highlight.
Here's the even better news, especially for non-New Yorkers: PBS will also telecast the show at 9 pm (EST) on April 26. Click here to find out more!