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Andy Blankenbuehler

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Andy Blankenbuehler
Born (1970-03-07) March 7, 1970 (age 54)
EducationSouthern Methodist University
  • Dancer
  • choreographer
  • director
SpouseElly Blankenbuehler[1]
AwardsTony Award for Best Choreography (2008, 2016, 2017)

Andy Blankenbuehler (born March 7, 1970)[2] is an American dancer, choreographer and director primarily for stage and concerts. He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography five times, and has won three times: for In the Heights (2008), Hamilton (2016), and Bandstand (2017). Blankenbuehler's other Broadway choreography work includes 9 to 5, Bring it On: The Musical, and the 2016 Cats revival. Blankenbuehler was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in 2018 for his work on Hamilton. He also choreographed the movie adaptation of Cats. Most recently he choreographed, directed and co-wrote Only Gold[3] - a new musical with Music by Kate Nash[4] at MCC Theater.

Life and career[edit]

Blankenbuehler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a 1988 graduate of St. Xavier High School and 1984 graduate of Nativity School in Cincinnati.[5] He received his bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in many musicals, from Guys and Dolls (1992–1995) to Fosse (1999–2001).[6]

His Broadway work as a choreographer includes the musicals In the Heights (2007–08) and 9 to 5 (2008–09). He won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his choreography for In the Heights. Other New York work includes choreography for the "Broadway By The Year:1930, 1938 and 1978" series, and the City Center Encores! productions of The Apple Tree (2006) and The Wiz (2009).[7][8] He is the director and choreographer of Bring It On: The Musical, written by Jeff Whitty, with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green, which premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, on January 16, 2011.[9] This production also performed at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles where Blankenbuehler won the 2011 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography.

Additionally, Blankenbuehler choreographed the Frank Wildhorn world premiere production of Waiting for the Moon. The show featured 6 full-length dance sequences,[10] including one that lasted over 10 minutes. He was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Choreographing the show.

Blankenbuehler has choreographed for Bette Midler and directed, choreographed, and co-conceived the production "Nights On Broadway" at Caesars Palace.

Blankenbuehler appears briefly in the 2008 documentary Every Little Step about the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, with his Polaroid shown as one of the people being cut from a callback for the show.

He choreographed the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie. He is the choreographer for the musical Hamilton (2015), both Off-Broadway and on Broadway.[11][12] He received a special 2015 Drama Desk Award for Hamilton. The award was described: "For his inspired and heart-stopping choreography in Hamilton, which is indispensable to the musical's storytelling. His body of work is versatile, yet a dynamic and fluid style is consistently evident. When it's time to 'take his shot,' Blankenbuehler hits the bull's-eye."[13] His choreography for Hamilton won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2016.

He both directed and choreographed a new musical, Bandstand, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey) in October 2015. The music is by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker.[14] He directed and choreographed a developmental lab of this musical in August and September 2014, then titled Bandstand: A Musical.[15]

In 2016, Blankenbuehler choreographed the revival of the movie Dirty Dancing starring Abigail Breslin and Shane Harper. He also choreographed the revival of the Broadway musical Cats with previews beginning July 14 and an August 2 opening.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 Barrymore Award Outstanding Choreography/Movement Waiting for the Moon Nominated
2007 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography In the Heights Won
2008 Tony Award Best Choreography Won
2009 9 to 5 Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Best Choreography Bring It On Won
2013 Tony Award Best Choreography Nominated
2015 Drama Desk Award Special Award Hamilton Won
2016 Tony Award Best Choreography Won
2023 Chita Rivera Award Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography in an Off Broadway Show Only Gold Won
2017 Tony Award Best Choreography Bandstand Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreographer Nominated
2018 Olivier Award Best Theatre Choreographer Hamilton Won
Kennedy Center Honors (shared with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire and Thomas Kail) Won [16]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (July 21, 2017). "Andy Blankenbuehler, 'Hamilton' Choreographer, at Home in Harlem". The New York Times. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  2. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on July 13, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "ONLY GOLD". MCC Theater. Retrieved 2023-03-06.
  4. ^ "Kate Nash", Wikipedia, 2023-01-18, retrieved 2023-03-06
  5. ^ Demaline, Jackie (2007-05-13). "St. X alumnus wins choreography award" (fee required). The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. p. D5. Retrieved 2007-12-09. A standing O to Cincinnati native and St. Xavier High School grad Andy Blankenbuehler, who won New York theater's Lucille Lortel Award last week as choreographer of off-Broadway hit 'In the Heights,' booked at the 37 Arts Theatre through July 15.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler". IBDB: Internet Broadway Database. Broadway League. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler Faculty Bio". Broadway Dance Center. 8 August 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 5, 2009). "The Wiz Ends Limited City Center Engagement July 5". Playbill. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam (January 16, 2011). "Something to Cheer About: Bring It On: The Musical Begins Atlanta Run Jan. 16 After Ice Delay". Playbill. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  10. ^ Buehler, Pati (July 28, 2005). "Waiting for the Moon, An Interview with Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  11. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer)". Playbill. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  12. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler". Internet Off-Broadway Database. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  13. ^ "Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler Offers Moving Speech at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards". TheaterMania. June 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Simoes, Monica (September 25, 2015). "See Laura Osnes and Corey Cott Go 1940s in Bandstand Musical Rehearsals!". Playbill. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 27, 2014). "Tony Winner Andy Blankenbuehler Will Helm NYC Workshop of Bandstand: A Musical". Playbill. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 25, 2018). "Hamilton Creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler, Alex Lacamoire Will Receive Special Kennedy Center Honors". Playbill. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.

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