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‘After Midnight’ Leads Astaire Award Nominations

After Midnight, the revue celebrating Duke Ellington’s tenure as bandleader at the legendary Cotton Club, has received the most nominations for the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, presented for excellence in dancing and choreography on Broadway. Midnight has racked up a total of eight nominations, seven for its dancers and one for its choreographer Warren Carlyle. Also included in the nominees’ list are Neil Patrick Harris of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Andy Karl of Rocky, and director-choreographers Susan Stroman (Bullets Over Broadway) and Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin). The awards will be presented on June 2 at the NYU Skirball Center. At the ceremony, five-time Tony nominee and two-time Emmy winning choreographer Patricia Birch will receive the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award and dance instructor Luigi will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award.

Julius "Glide" Chisolm and Virgil "Lil O"Gadson in Broadway's After Midnight (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Julius Chisolm and Virgil Gadson are both nominated for Astaire Awards for ‘After Midnight’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Named for the iconic film dancer and his sister who was his dancing partner on stage, the Astaires were established in 1982.

Here are the nominees for the 2014 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards:

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show
Julius Chisholm, After Midnight
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Virgil Gadson, After Midnight
Jared Grimes, After Midnight
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Andy Karl, Rocky
Desmond Richardson, After Midnight

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show
Krystal Joy Brown, Big Fish
Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, After Midnight
Karine Plantadit, After Midnight
Gayle Rankin, Cabaret
Monique Smith, After Midnight
Heléne Yorke, Bullets Over Broadway
Karen Ziemba, Bullets Over Broadway

Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Big Fish & Bullets Over Broadway
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky
Josh Prince, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
Peggy Hickey, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Rob Marshall, Cabaret

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