Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American film and television producer, director, and choreographer, best known for directing , the Hocus Pocus and High School Musical trilogy Michael Jackson's concerts. This Is It [1 ]
Life and career [ edit ]
Ortega was born in
Palo Alto, California. He attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Ortega is the son of Madeline, a waitress, and Octavio "Tibby" Ortega, a factory worker from Redwood City. His grandparents were from [2 ] Spain. Initially known for working with dancer and choreographer [3 ] Gene Kelly on the film , Ortega went on to choreographing the dance for the Xanadu Menudo video "Hold Me", as well as the 1987 film , and has won awards for choreography in music videos, such as Dirty Dancing Madonna's " Material Girl". He also worked with The Tubes on their stage shows and directed the video for She's a Beauty.
Billy Squier's " Rock Me Tonite" video, which is often cited as the worst music promo clip ever made and has been blamed by Squier for killing his career. Together with Michael Jackson, he created and designed the Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993 and the HIStory World Tour 1996-1997. He has also choreographed events ranging from Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards, the 1996 Summer Olympics ( Atlanta) and the 2002 Winter Olympics ( Salt Lake City). [4 ]
In addition, Ortega has directed and choreographed
, High School Musical , High School Musical 2 , and was choreographer of the High School Musical 3: Senior Year . The Cheetah Girls 2
On January 30, 2008, Ortega presented director-choreographer
Adam Shankman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball 9th anniversary show. [5 ]
In May 2009, Ortega began work on the scheduled
Michael Jackson 50-date concerts, which was cancelled subsequent to Jackson's sudden death. This Is It He directed the concert film [6 ] which was put together from rehearsal footage recorded at the Michael Jackson's This Is It Los Angeles Forum and the Staples Center. The film was released on October 28.
Ortega directed the Michael Jackson Public Memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which was broadcast live on several networks on July 7, 2009. It reached a television audience of 31 million in America, and more than 1 billion worldwide and via the internet.
At the end of the service, he introduced a rendition of Jackson's 1985 charity single " [7 ] We Are the World" created for the This Is It concerts, featuring Jackson's backing singers on lead vocals with his dancers performing around them.
He was set to direct the 2011
remake, but dropped out in October 2009. Footloose Ortega is now set to direct the upcoming movie adaptation of the [8 ] Broadway musical . In the Heights [9 ]
On August 9, 2011, it was announced that Ortega will direct a remake of
Dirty Dancing, which he choreographed in 1987. Lionsgate Films has yet to announce the release date. [10 ]
Filmography and concerts [ edit ]
Rotten Tomatoes rating Budget
St. Elmo's Fire Choreographer
Pretty in Pink Choreographer
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Choreographer
Dirty Dancing Choreographer
Newsies Choreographer, Director
Hocus Pocus Director
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Choreographer
Quest for Camelot Choreographer
High School Musical Choreographer, Director
The Cheetah Girls 2 Choreographer, Director
High School Musical 2 Choreographer, Director
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Choreographer, Director
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Choreographer
Michael Jackson's This Is It Director
In the Heights Director
Dirty Dancing remake (pre-production) Director
Dirty Dancing Director, 2 episodes
Hull High Choreographer, director, 2 episodes
Second Noah Director, 1 episode
Chicago Hope Director, 2 episodes
Resurrection Blvd. Director, 1 episode
Grounded for Life Director, 1 episode
Ally McBeal Director, 3 episodes
Gilmore Girls Director, 11 episodes
Phineas and Ferb Guest star, 1 episode
Bunheads Director, 1 episode
The Revenge Rampage
Paul Thomas Paw
ALMA Award Special Achievement Award – Outstanding Director
[11 ] [12 ]
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
Outstanding Achievement Award
30th Young Artist Awards [14 ] Jackie Coogan Award - Contribution to Youth
References [ edit ]
^ Kenny Ortega Interview, Michael Jackson's This Is It.
^ Hartlaub, Peter (2008-10-19). "Ortega directs 'High School Musical 3. San Francisco Chronicle '" . Retrieved 2010-10-31.
^ Hernández, Lee (October 23, 2008). "Kenny Ortega: The man behind every step of 'High School Musical 3. '" Daily News (New York).
^ "Kenny Ortega: Biography" . Retrieved 2009-06-15.
^ Segal, Lewis (February 1, 2008). "Dance Review: At least dancers had a 'Ball. '" Los Angeles Times . Retrieved July 5, 2012.
^ "Michael Jackson Gets Ready For Tour". news.sky.com. 2009-05-12.
^ Hinckley, Daivd; Huff, Richard (200 9-07-08). "Michael Jackson's memorial 2nd most-watched funeral ever, after Princess Di, say Nielsen ratings". New York: nydailynews.com.
^ Footloose Remake Loses Its Director News in Film
^ Gans, Andrew. "Universal Plans Silver-Screen Adaptation of , playbill.com, November 7, 2008 In the Heights'"
^ ALMA Awards Special Achievement Award –Outstanding Director
^ Kenny-Ortega and Roselyn-Sanchez at Alma Awards
^ Outstanding Achievement Award
^ "30th Annual Young Artist Awards" . Retrieved May 11, 2012.
External links [ edit ]