Ann Reinking

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Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell.jpg
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell
Born (1949-11-10) November 10, 1949 (age 65)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer, and choreographer
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Larry Small (1970; divorced)
Herbert Allen, Jr. (1982–1989; divorced)
James Stuart (1989–1991; divorced); 1 child
Peter Talbert (1991–present)
Children Christopher Reinking Stuart

Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949) is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Her extensive work in musical theatre includes starring in the Broadway productions of Goodtime Charley (1975), A Chorus Line (1976), Chicago (1977), Dancin' (1978) and Sweet Charity (1986). In the 1996 revival of Chicago, she reprised the role of Roxie Hart and was also the choreographer, winning the Tony Award for Best Choreography. For the 2000 West End production of Fosse, she won the Olivier Award for Best Choreographer. She has also appeared in the films All That Jazz (1979), Annie (1982) and Micki + Maude (1984).


Early life[edit]

Reinking was born in Seattle, Washington, one of seven children born to Frances and Walter Reinking. Of Norwegian, German, and Irish descent, she grew up in California, and moved back to Seattle with her family as an adolescent. She began ballet lessons at the age of 10, studying with Marian and Illaria Ladre in Seattle. They were a professional ballet couple who had danced for years with the Ballets Russes, which later became the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.[1]

She spent summers in junior high and high school dancing at the San Francisco Ballet. She moved to New York City at the age of 17 following her graduation from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington.


Ann Reinking is a Fosse influenced dancer and choreographer. After working as a chorus girl in Coco, Wild and Wonderful, and Pippin, Reinking came to critical notice in the role of Maggie in Over Here! (Theatre World Award). She went on to originate roles in Goodtime Charley (for which she received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical) and Bob Fosse's Dancin' (Tony nomination). She took over lead roles in A Chorus Line (1976), Chicago in 1977, and Sweet Charity (1986).[2]

In 1979 Reinking appeared in Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz, in a role loosely based on her own life and relationship with Fosse. In the film, Reinking starred opposite Leland Palmer, Jessica Lange, Ben Vereen, John Lithgow, and Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon (a role loosely based on Bob Fosse).[3][4]

She appeared in several feature films, including Annie (as Grace Farrell) and Micki + Maude (as Micki). Reinking attracted notice in 1985 for her performance at the Academy Awards of the song "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), which had been a #1 Billboard chart hit and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song's original writer and performer, Phil Collins, was the only nominee in the category not invited to sing his song on stage.[5]

Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994.[6] In 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie,[7][8]

After retiring from performing, Reinking returned to the stage as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago in 1996.[3] In 1996, she was asked to create the choreography ("in the style of Bob Fosse") for an all-star four-night-only concert staging of Chicago for City Center's annual Encores! Concert Series. When the producers could not obtain a suitable actress for the role of Roxie Hart, Reinking agreed to reprise the role again after almost 20 years. This concert staging of Chicago was a hit, and a few months later the production (in its concert staging presentation) was produced on Broadway, along with its sterling cast: Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton and Marcia Lewis.[4][9] In November 2014 the revival celebrated its 18th year on Broadway and became the second-longest running Broadway show of all time. The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards, and Reinking won the Tony Award for Choreography. She recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.[citation needed]

In 1998 she co-created, co-directed and co-choreographed the revue Fosse, receiving a Tony Award co-nomination for Best Direction of a Musical.[10][11]

In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts.

Reinking continues to choreograph for theatre, television, and film. In May 2005, the documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom was released, in which Reinking was featured as one of the enthusiastic judges of the annual New York City public school dance competition for inner-city youth.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Reinking was a protégé and romantic partner of Bob Fosse for six years during the 1970s; the couple ended their romance and separated by 1978.[4][13] They continued to have a professional, creative collaboration.

Reinking lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her fourth husband Peter Talbert, and her son.[1][14] She produced the 2009 documentary, In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome, and continues to work closely with the National Marfan Foundation. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to raising awareness of Marfan Syndrome, which has affected her son.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Ellery Queen Lorelie Farnsworth
1977 The Andros Targets Laura Harper
1978 Movie Movie Troubles Moran
1979 All That Jazz Kate Jagger
1982 Annie Grace Farrell
1984 Micki + Maude Micki Salinger
1987 The Cosby Show Jill Kelly
Broadway Theater
Year Title Role Notes
1969 Cabaret Lulu
1969 Coco Ensemble, Jeanine
1971 Wild and Wonderful Ensemble
1972 Pippin Ensemble, Catherine understudy
1974 Over Here! Maggie
1975 Goodtime Charley Joan of Arc
1976 A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson
1977 Chicago Roxie Hart
1978 Dancin' Ensemble
1986 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine
1996 Chicago Roxie Hart
1999 Fosse Ensemble
Other Theater
Year Title Role Notes
1968 Fiddler on the Roof Ensemble Broadway National Tour
1975 Girl Crazy Molly Gray The Muny
1976 A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson Broadway National Tour
1982 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Molly Brown The Muny
1988 Pal Joey Melba Snyder Goodman Theatre
1990 Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez The Muny


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result Title
1974 Theatre World Award Theatre World Award Won Over Here!
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Female Performer Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
1975 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated Goodtime Charley
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
1978 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated Dancin'
1997 Best Choreography Won Chicago
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Won
1998 Laurence Olivier Award Best Choreography Nominated
1999 Tony Award Best Director Nominated Fosse
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
2001 Laurence Olivier Award Best Choreography Won
Helpmann Award Best Choreography Won Chicago


  1. ^ a b Berson, Misha."Dancer Ann Reinking returns to her hometown for kids-theater benefit"Seattle Times, 29 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Stars Over Broadway-Ann Reinking", retrieved August 28, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Reinking biography", retrieved August 28, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Kenrick, John."Who's Who: Reinking, Ann"; retrieved August 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Bronson, F. The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books, New York. 2003., p.586
  6. ^ Biography Broadway Theater Dance Project, retrieved August 28, 2010.
  7. ^ "'Bye Bye Birdie' listing at; retrieved August 28, 2010.
  8. ^ O'Connor, John J."Review: 50's Revisited in New 'Bye Bye Birdie'"The New York Times, December 1, 1995
  9. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Lively Legacy, A Come-Hither Air"The New York Times, November 15, 1996
  10. ^ "'Fosse' listing, retrieved August 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review:An Album Of Fosse"The New York Times, January 15, 1999.
  12. ^ "'Mad Hot Ballroom' listing", retrieved August 28, 2010.
  13. ^ McMurran, Kristin."When Ann Reinking Is Dancin' She Gives 'em Fever—but What a Lovely Way to Burn",, July 24, 1978.
  14. ^ Biography; retrieved August 28, 2010.
  15. ^ "'In My Hands' Documentary"; accessed August 28, 2010.

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