Preview: The 2024 Chita Rivera Awards at the NYU Skirball Center

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Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera. Photo Courtesy of the Chita Rivera Awards.

The 2024 Chita Rivera Awards will take place on Monday, May 20, 2024, at the NYU Skirball Center. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the scoop.

This star-studded annual event recognizes dance and choreographic excellence on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in film. The evening will include Broadway performances, special guest honorees and celebrated presenters. As the only ‘awards ceremony’ dedicated to dance, the Chita Rivera Awards nurture an ongoing sense of community by honoring the past, celebrating the present and investing in the future generations.

Past participants have included Tommy Tune, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth, John Kander, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Carmen DeLavallade, the casts of numerous current hit Broadway shows, additional Tony Award winning actors and choreographers…. and of course, the incomparable Chita Rivera.

All proceeds benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program which awards college scholarships to talented teenagers.

This year’s Chita Rivera Award nominees are the following:

Broadway

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN A BROADWAY SHOW

Camille A BrownHell’s Kitchen
Julia Cheng, Cabaret
Rick and Jeff KupermanThe Outsiders
Lorin Latarro, The Heart of Rock and Roll / The Who’s Tommy
Justin PeckIllinoise
Jesse Robb and Shana CarrollWater For Elephants

OUTSTANDING DANCER IN A BROADWAY SHOW

Antoine BoissereauWater For Elephants
Ben CookIllinoise
Chloe DavisHell’s Kitchen
Gaby Diaz, Illinoise
Tilly Evans-KreugerThe Outsiders
Rachel LockhartIllinoise
Phillip Johnson RichardsonThe Wiz
Byron TittleIllinoise
Ricky Ubeda, Illinoise
Avery Wilson, The Wiz              

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A BROADWAY SHOW

Cabaret
Hell’s Kitchen
Illinoise
The Heart of Rock and Roll
The Outsiders
Water For Elephants

Film and Documentary

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY IN A THEATRICAL RELEASE

Barbie, Choreographer: Jennifer White
Carmen, Choreographer: Benjamin Millepied / Marina Tamayo
Color Purple, Choreographer: Fatima Robinson
Mean Girls, Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami / Casey Nicholaw
Wonka, Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A DANCE DOCUMENTARY

Daughters, Directors: Angela Patton / Natalie Rae
Eldorado: everything the Nazi’s Hate
, Directors: Benjamin Cantu / Matt Lambert
Lift
, Director: David Petersen
Studio One Forever
, Director: Marc Saltarelli  
Swan Song
, Director: Chelsea McMullan

For more information on the 2024 Chita Rivera Awards, check out the official website.