Named for Fred and Adele Astaire, the brother-sister dance team that starred on Broadway in 10 musicals from 1917 - 1931. Fred, of course, went on to considerable acclaim in film with dance partner Ginger Rogers.
This year marked the 28th annual presentation of the awards. The honorees are:
Best Male Dancer: Charlie Neshyba-Hodges (Come Fly Away)
Among the other stage nominees were the male ensemble of Memphis, John Selya and Keith Roberts, Neshyba-Hodges' Come Fly Away co-stars. Other female nominees included Karine Plantadit, Laura Mead and Holley Farmer, all of Come Fly Away, and Savannah Wise for her work in Ragtime. Jones bested fellow nominees: Twyla Tharp (Come Fly Away), Sergio Trujillo (Memphis), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime) and Steven Hoggett (American Idiot).
In the film categories, honorees were:
Best Direction (Documentary Film): Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern for Every Little Step
Derricks has choreographed on Broadway; her work on film was chosen over that of Rob Marshall (Nine).
Congratulations to all of the honorees and nominees! Having seen most of these performances, I can't imagine a tighter competition.
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