Chita Rivera, Tony Danza, Susan Stroman, AlBert Maysles, John Turturro, Tamara Tunie, Karen Ziemba, Melissa Errico, and more were among the star presenters at last night's 30th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The Astaire Awards are the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film and were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and the late Douglas Watt (a critic and writer for the NY Daily News and The New Yorker). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the evening and brings you photo coverage of the starry arrivals below.
Honorees this year included Hugh Jackman, Ricky Martin, Matthew Broderick and the films The Artist and Footloose. Liza Minnelli was the recipient of the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year Astaire Awards also began a new tradition, paying tribute to the career and work of a choreographer and dancer during the awards. Last night, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon were remembered. The ceremony was dedicated to Tony and Oscar-winning producer Marty Richards, a longtime friend of the awards.
The Astaire Awards are presented each year by Ava Astaire (Fred Astaire's daughter) and Patricia Watt (the daughter of Douglas Watt). The awards also feature direction from Joe Lanteri, who is the Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance and also a teacher at the Juilliard School.
For more information on The Astaire Awards, visit www.TheAstaireAwards.org.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
Ashley Amber, Elena Roger, Carolyn Kendall Buchter, Bahiyah Hibah
Robert Hartwell, Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Broderick
Robert Hartwell, Kelli O'Hara, Carolyn Kendall Buchter, Matthew Broderick
Carolyn Kendall Buchter
Lee Roy Reams, Joe Lanteri
Joe Lanteri, Ava Astaire McKenzie, Shannen O'Neill
Ava Astaire McKenzie
Jamie deRoy, Ava Astaire McKenzie, Karen Ziemba
Lisa Nicole Wilkerson
Luke Spring, Joe Lanteri
Randy Rahm, Wendy Federman
Lee Roy Reams, Chita Rivera, Joe Lanteri
Bruce Robert Harris, Edward Hummel
Clif De Raita, Bruce Michel
Patti Murin, Jason Tam
Kyle Dean Massey, Jennifer Balagna, Phyllis Balagna, Erica Blount, Joe Lanteri
Ron Brown, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, Arcell Cabuay
Musical Chairs Cast
Jacqueline Murphy, Wendy Federman, Pamela Morgan
Sally Sommer, Brahms LaFortune, Archie Burnett, Alessandra Larson
Jacqueline Murphy, Sara Ann Johnson, Tia Walker
Leslie Odom Jr.
Krystal Joy Brown