Andy Blankenbuehler

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Andy Blankenbuehler (born March 7, 1970)[1] is an American dancer, choreographer and director primarily for stage and concerts. He won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his choreography for In the Heights.

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.[2]

As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in many musicals, from Guys and Dolls (1992-1995) to Fosse (1999-2001).[3]

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).[4][5] 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, in January 16, 2011.[6] This production also performed at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles where Blankenbuehler won the 2011 LA 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,[7] 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.

He choreographed the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie. He is the choreographer for the musical Hamilton (2015), both Off-Broadway and on Broadway.[8][9] 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."[10]

He is both directing and choreographing a new musical, Bandstand, which premieres 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.[11] He directed and choreographed a developmental lab of this musical in August and September 2014, then titled Bandstand: A Musical.[12]


  1. ^ Biography, accessed February 26, 2009
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler". IBDB: Internet Broadway Database. Broadway League. 
  4. ^ Biography, accessed February 26, 2009
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew."The Wiz Ends Limited City Center Engagement July 5", July 5, 2009
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam. "Something to Cheer About: Bring It On: The Musical Begins Atlanta Run Jan. 16 After Ice Delay", January 16, 2011
  7. ^ Buehler, Patti."Waiting for the Moon, An Interview with Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy", July 28, 2005
  8. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler Choreographer, Performer, Director". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Andy Blankenbuehler Off-Broadway", accessed September 27, 2015
  10. ^ "Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler Offers Moving Speech at 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards", June 2, 2015
  11. ^ Simoes, Monica. "See Laura Osnes and Corey Cott Go 1940s in Bandstand Musical Rehearsals! " Playbill, September 25, 2015
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Andy Blankenbuehler Will Helm NYC Workshop of 'Bandstand: A Musical' Playbill, May 27, 2015

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