Recipients of the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards

2018 Chita Rivera


Performers Ariana DeBose, who currently stars in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway, and Tony Yazbeck (Prince of Broadway) were among the winners at this evening’s 2018 Chita Rivera Awards in New York City.

Tony Yazbeck in Prince of Broadway
Tony Yazbeck in Prince of Broadway Ryoji Fukuoka

Sergio Trujillo took home the award for Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway show for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; and Carousel, which had the most nominations of the evening, tied with Mean Girls for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show.

Off-Broadway, Zach Morris and Jennine Willet were honored for their choreography of Ghost Light; Monica Bill Barnes took home the award for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in the WP Theater production of One Night Only; and Robert Fairchild won the award for Male Dancer for his performance in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Formerly named the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, the annual Chita Rivera Awards recognize choreographers and dancers on and Off-Broadway, as well as in film. The 2018 ceremony was held May 20 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

See below for the full list of winners and nominees (winners are in bold with an asterisk*)


Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show
Camille A. Brown, Once On This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Carousel
Sergio Trujillo, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical*

Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show
Mean Girls*
Once On This Island
SpongeBob SquarePants
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Andrei Chagas, Carousel 
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Amar Ramasar, Carousel 
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway*

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show
Yesenia Ayala, Carousel
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical* 
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Skye Mattox, Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Brittany Pollack, Carousel

Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air 
Sonya Tayeh, Hundred Days 
Zach Morris & Jennine Willet, Ghost Light*
Chris Bailey, Jerry Springer: The Opera 
Monica Bill Barnes, One Night Only

Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off-Broadway Show
Anna Bass, One Night Only
Monica Bill Barnes, One Night Only*
Elizabeth Carena, Ghost Light
Tiffany Mann, Jerry Springer: The Opera 
Kenita R. Miller, Bella

Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off-Broadway Show
Colin Campbell, Disco Pigs
Robert Fairchild, Frankenstein*
Troy Iwata, The Boy Who Danced on Air
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones
Nikhil Saboo, The Boy Who Danced on Air


Theatrical Release
Basmati Blues – Choreographed by Noemie LaFrance, Rajeev, Dimple Ganguly, Vijay Ganguly, and Ryan Heffington
Finding Your Feet – Choreographed by Mark Jennings
Hello Again – Choreographed by Todd Underwood
Polina, danser sa vie – Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj
The Greatest Showman – Choreographed by Shannon Holtzapffel and Ashley Wallen*

Step – Directed by Amanda Lipitz
Bobbi Jene – Directed by Elvira Lind
Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer – Directed by David Barba and James Pellerito*

Carmen De Lavallade received the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award; John Kander received the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater as a Composer; Harold Prince was presented with the SDC Director Award for Exemplary Collaboration with Choreographers; and Steven Hoggett, who is represented on Broadway this season with Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, received the inaugural Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics’ Choice Award.

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