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Sunday, May 03, 2009


2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Choreography

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Today and tomorrow, I'm going to be releasing my predictions for the Tony Award Nominations (which will be announced Tuesday). Doing something a little different this year...I'm putting each category in a separate post, and announcing them one-by-one. Why? So I can focus on each in detail, and give you a sense of my thoughts about this crazy, wildly inconsistent, kinda fabulous Broadway season. So we'll start with...


Karole Armitage, Hair
Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5: The Musical
Graciela Daniele, Pal Joey
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot: The Musical

Karole Armitage, Hair
Peter Darling, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Christopher Gattelli, 13
Josh Prince, Shrek The Musical

Michael Berresse, [title of show]
Kelly Devine, Rock of Ages
Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Sergio Trujillo, Guys and Dolls
Sergio Trujillo, next to normal
Warren Carlyle, A Tale of Two Cities

MODFAB THINKS: The choreography was only central to the storyline of one musical this season, and you can take that one -- Billy Elliot -- to the bank. The most impressive dance this year, however, was easily Hair, which soared and swooped all around the theatre.

After that, it gets tricky...mostly because the efforts were often merely adequate. Graciela Daniele is the only true legend that's nominated this year, so I'm guessing she'll make the cut for the uninspired Pal Joey. And among the large-chorus, large-dance-sequence competitors, I'm guessing that 9 To 5's late opening will squeak it pass better efforts that may have faded in memory a bit. That's a shame, because Shrek's "Freak Flag" number was truly inspired, and the best moments of 13 were its choreographic high points.

DARK HORSE: Watch out for White Christmas, whose well-executed traditional choreography might have fans among older, more conservative nominators.

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