June 3rd, 2013 7:30pm at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Congratulations to our 2013 Astaire Award Winners!
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:Charlotte d’Amboise (PIPPIN)Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:Eric LaJuan Summers (MOTOWN)Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Musical:Chet Walker (PIPPIN)Patricia Wilcox & Warren Adams (MOTOWN)
Outstanding Choreographer in a Feature Film:
Anna Karenina- Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Note from Producer/Creator, Patricia Watt:
Growing up in a theatrical family, and both of my parents being musicians, music has always been a very important part of my life. As an adult who has seen Broadway musicals from the age of three, I asked myself, what's a musical without dance? I can think of no two people that better exemplify excellence in dance, then Fred & Adele Astaire. Any dancer I've asked, whether they be classically trained, such as Jacques d'Amboise or Judith Jamison, or those who are better known for musical theatre- such as Bebe Neuwirth, Anne Renking, and Lee Roy Reams, has inevitably answered, "The Astaires!" when asked who were the dancers that were the biggest influence in their careers. It is my mission in life to preserve the legacy of The Astaires, and never let people forget what they have given us. This is of special importance to me, because my dad, Douglas Watt, was one of the founders of the Astaire Awards. My father did view things with a critical eye, which was so much a part of his career, and could often be reserved. But when he spoke about or watched Fred Astaire, it was with the reverence and enthusiasm of someone who had just discovered him for the fist time. It is my intention that we honor those hard working dancers and choreographers who follow in his footsteps with the respect and clout an Astaire award offers.
"Our Mission is simple. Excellence."
Fred and Adele Astaire represented excellence. Their dedication, passion and artistic vision brought dance on stage and in films to new heights. Our mission is to continue that vision by not only celebrating the superb achievement of each nominee but by recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of each choreographer and dancer who continues that tradition of excellence".
The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
Established in 1982, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards (formerly known as The Astaire Awards recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. The award was established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The nominees for the 2013 season will be announced on Monday May 5th, 2013.