Ann Reinking
American dancer and singer
Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. She has worked extensively in musical theatre, both as a dancer and choreographer, as well as appearing in film.
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Keepers of the Flame
Huffington Post - about 2 years
A muse and a mentor can go a long way toward helping an artist transform music into magic. While labanotation is a wonderful tool for documenting choreography, it can't capture the more intangible aspects of dance. How does one translate the electricity that transpires between a dancer's eyes and the gestures of his hands? How does one package the thrill of an audience experiencing a charismatic artist's performance? How does one capture the excitement of an ensemble of talented, muscular dancers as they perform seemingly impossible and highly stylized tricks of their trade? Like pheromones, these phenomena are powerful, yet often ethereal; functionally vital yet transcendent and occasionally transformative. In terms of dance, they are as precious as the smell of fresh rain on hot pavement. But how long can that last? Theatre companies may rely on dramaturgs, opera companies on musicologists, and museums on their curatorial staff. But to keep dance alive, it often ...
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Johnny Nevin: A Light in the Dark: Telling a Story in Dance
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's remarkable that telling a story, one of the things that people everywhere do most naturally, can be one of the most challenging to do well. That's probably the reason why, after dominating the world of concert dance for centuries, it's not really that common any more. Even in ballet, and still less in dance's many other forms, modern choreography doesn't often try to bring an audience through an actual story, telling them about what happened and how it happened, and most of all, making them feel that they actually know the people who the story is about. Alissa Tollefson, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Jon Sloven, Cara Carper and Brian Hare in Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos' A Light in the Dark (Photo by Todd Rosenberg) To begin with, you have to have a really good story to tell, and in their one-act dance theater piece A Light in the Dark, Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos have one of the best. It's about a 7-year-old girl in Tuscumbia, Ala., who is both blind and dea ...
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David Finkle: First Nighter: Tommy Tune Invigorates Cabaret and So Does Ben Rimalower
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Thanks to Simon Cowell -- but really no thanks to him -- and to the scornful fellow's frequently equating "cabaret" with "old-fashioned" on American Idol and The X Factor, millions of televiewers have no idea that cabaret can be as fresh, as vital, as exhilarating a form of entertainment as any others available to the hungry public. Sure, most cities today have no, or only one or two, cabaret rooms, but New York City -- though populated by fewer than there were in decades past -- isn't one of them. As a matter of reassuring fact right now, there are two cabarets featuring unique performers well worth going to see as they pull down the fourth wall that the stage and movies rarely removes and cabaret does all the intriguing time. Tommy Tune, a performer like no other you'd find at work today, is a six-foot-six Texan, who came to New York to dance on Broadway and not only achieved his goal at his first audition but went on to steal the spotlight in Seesaw and cheer u ...
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San Diego has ‘Chicago’ and Christie Brinkley coming
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
Be sure to read Tom Andrew’s review in Top Highlights and Section 4a   (The following is edited promotional copy) After her critically acclaimed debut as Roxie Hart on Broadway and in London’s West End, Christie Brinkley, one of the most successful supermodels in history, will make her Broadway tour debut this spring as she reprises her “killer role” in the six-time Tony Award-winning musical smash hit “Chicago.” “We are thrilled to welcome Christie and her incredible dedication, focus and determination that she exhibits..,” said producer Barry Weissler. “I’m excited to share with audiences the stellar performance that she delivers.” During her career as one of the world’s most successful and recognizable fashion models, Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. But the supermodel also excels as an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist environmentalist and political activist, ...
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Meet This Month's Theater Buff: Brian O'Brien from “Chicago” - Passport Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse shows the power of stillness in dance by having 14 people simply doing the motion of turning a key and twirling a finger during 'Start the car, I know a whoopy spot' while, as they say, burning a hole in the back
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Ben Vereen Named Co-Artistic Director of Tampa's Broadway Theatre Project - TheaterMania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Vereen began his relationship with the Broadway Theatre Project when Ann Reinking began the company in 1991, and has served as mentor and teacher for the Project for years. He will continue in that capacity, and along with co-artistic director Deb
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BROADWAY RECALL: CHICAGO Finds Its Audience - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
It was an achievement no one could have expected when Walter Bobbie first staged the show as a weekend reading at Encores! staring Ann Reinking (whose choreography was billed as "in the style of Bob Fosse"), Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey
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Broadway's 'Chicago' makes history - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Few expected that success back in 1996, when Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking first worked on the show at City Center's “Encores!” concert series. It was booked for only four performances, and few thought it had a future without adding a lot of
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Some stars who have been in 'Chicago' on Broadway - Newsday (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Ann Reinking Bebe Neuwirth Joel Gray James Naughton Marilu Henner Karen Ziemba Ute Lemper Alan Thicke Sandy Duncan Sharon Lawrence Vicki Lewis Jasmine Guy Jennifer Holliday George Hamilton Michael C. Hall Taye Diggs Billy
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STAGE TUBE: Kara DioGuardi Prepares for CHICAGO! - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon with productions in 24 countries and 11 languages since 1996. The record-breaking London production of
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LuPone, Patinkin Broadway bound - TheChronicleHerald.ca
Google News - over 5 years
The concert show, which got its start in 2007 and has also taken the pair to Australia and New Zealand, is directed by Patinkin and includes musical staging consulting by fellow Broadway veteran Ann Reinking. During the show, LuPone and Patinkin
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LuPone and Patinkin Coming to Broadway - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The production, “An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin,” at the Barrymore Theater, is directed by Mr. Patinkin and includes musical staging consulting by his fellow Broadway veteran Ann Reinking. The Broadway premiere follows appearances
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Christie Brinkley Delays Joining West End Production of Chicago - TheaterMania.com
Google News - over 5 years
Chicago, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, has been directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking. The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), William Ivey Long (costume
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'Chicago' comes tapping into Augusta this month - HollandSentinel.com
Google News - over 5 years
The roles of Roxie, Velma and Billy Flynn have showcased Hollywood and Broadway stars such as Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Grey, Melanie Griffith, Lisa Rinna, Patrick Swayze, Huey Lewis and Christie Brinkley as well as the Barn's own Tom Wopat
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Nigel Lythgoe Receives Rolex Dance Award - Wetpaint
Google News - over 5 years
Nigel's in pretty good company — past winners include Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Twlya Tharp, and Patrick Swayze. Our fave English muffin has been involved in dance since he was a wee little thing. He went on to have a successful
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BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: DROP DEAD DIVA's Kate Levering - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... Jr. and Norbert Leo Butz on THOU SHALT NOT and auditioning for legendary dancer and choreographer Ann Reinking (and her words of wisdom), plus: all about Levering's work on DROP DEAD DIVA and what we can expect in the surprising twists for her
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Ann Reinking Teaches Dance to Teenagers With Marfan's Syndrome - ABC News
Google News - over 5 years
(Courtesy Ann Reinking) Ann Reinking, famous star of stage and screen, is focusing on a cause that's close to her heart: the fight against the negative body image associated with Marfan's Syndrome. Marfan's is a rare genetic disorder of the connective
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ann Reinking
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 62
    In 2012, she contributed choreography for the Broadway production of An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.
    More Details Hide Details She currently serves as a member of the advising committee for the American Theatre Wing.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    Reinking's son, Chris, suffers from Marfan syndrome, and she works closely with the Marfan Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. She produced the 2009 documentary, In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome.
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  • 2005
    Age 55
    Reinking continues to choreograph for theatre, television, and film. Reinking served as a judge of annual New York City public school dance competition for inner-city youth, and appeared in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary film about the competition.
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  • 2001
    Age 51
    In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts.
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    For her work on the West End production of Fosse, Reinking (along with the late Bob Fosse himself) won the 2001 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    In 1998 she co-created, co-directed and co-choreographed the revue Fosse, receiving a Tony Award co-nomination for Best Direction of a Musical.
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  • 1997
    Age 47
    She recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.
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  • 1996
    Age 46
    Reinking had retired from performing by this time. In 1996, she was asked to create the choreography "in the style of Bob Fosse" for an all-star four-night-only concert staging of Chicago for City Center's annual Encores!
    More Details Hide Details Concert Series. When the producers could not obtain a suitable actress for the role of Roxie Hart, Reinking agreed to reprise the role after almost 20 years. This concert staging of Chicago was a hit, and a few months later the production (in its concert staging presentation) was produced on Broadway, with the Encores! cast: Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton, and Marcia Lewis. In November 2014 the revival celebrated its 18th year on Broadway and became the second-longest running Broadway show of all time. The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards, and Reinking won the Tony Award for Best Choreography.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    In 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.
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  • 1994
    Age 44
    Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994.
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  • 1992
    Age 42
    In 1992 she contributed choreography to Tommy Tune Tonite!, a three-man review featuring Tune.
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  • 1991
    Age 41
    In 1991, she appeared in her first theatre production following the birth of her son, the Broadway National Tour of Bye Bye Birdie, costarring Tommy Tune.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    Thirdly, she married in 1989 James Stuart, with whom she had one child, son Christopher, before their divorce in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Reinking has been married since 1991 to Peter Talbert. Reinking lives primarily in Phoenix, Arizona, but frequently returns to New York City.
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, she returned to Broadway, starring in a successful revival of Fosse's production of Sweet Charity.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    In March 1985, Reinking appeared at the 57th Academy Awards to give a mostly lip-synced vocal performance accompanied by a dance routine of the Academy Award-nominated Phil Collins single "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)".
    More Details Hide Details The routine was poorly received by critics from the Los Angeles Times and People, as well as by Collins himself in a Rolling Stone interview.
  • 1982
    Age 32
    Secondly, she married in 1982 Herbert Allen, Jr., from whom she was divorced in 1989.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    In 1979, Reinking appeared in Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz, as Katie Jagger, a role loosely based on her own life and relationship with Fosse.
    More Details Hide Details Reinking remained in Hollywood for several years after All That Jazz, and appeared in several feature films, including Annie (as Grace Farrell) and Micki & Maude (as Micki).
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978 she appeared in Fosse's review Dancin', and received another Tony nomination.
    More Details Hide Details In that year Reinking and Fosse ended their romance and separated. They continued to have a professional, creative collaboration. Reinking has acknowledged Fosse as the major influence on her work as a choreographer.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    In 1976 she replaced Donna McKechnie as Cassie in A Chorus Line; in 1977 she replaced Gwen Verdon in the starring role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, a show directed and choreographed by Fosse.
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  • 1975
    Age 25
    She starred as Joan of Arc in Goodtime Charley in 1975, receiving Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical.
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    In 1974, Reinking came to critical notice in the role of Maggie in Over Here!, winning a Theatre World Award.
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  • 1970
    Age 20
    Firstly, she was married in 1970 to Larry Small; they divorced later that year.
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    Reinking was briefly married three times between 1970 and 1991; each of these marriages ended in divorce.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on November 10, 1949.
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