November 10, 1949 |
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, dancer, and choreographer|
|Spouse(s)||Larry Small (m. 1970–70)
Herbert Allen, Jr. (m. 1982–89)
James Stuart (m. 1989–91)
Peter Talbert (m. 1991)
|Partner(s)||Bob Fosse (1972-1978)|
Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949) is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Her extensive work in musical theatre includes starring in Broadway productions of Coco (1969), 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 Theatre Choreographer. She has also appeared in the films All That Jazz (1979), Annie (1982), and Micki & Maude (1984).
Reinking was born in Seattle, Washington, the third of seven children born to Frances and Walter Reinking. She grew up in the affluent Seattle suburb of Bellevue. 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.
Reinking made her professional performing debut at the age of 12 in a production of Giselle with the English Royal Ballet. She spent summers in junior high and high school dancing at the San Francisco Ballet, and moved to New York City at the age of 17 following her graduation from Bellevue High School.
In New York, Reinking danced as a member of the corps de ballet at the Radio City Music Hall, performed in the ensemble of the second national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and at the age of 19 made her Broadway debut as Kit Kat Klub girl Lulu in the musical Cabaret. She was a chorus dancer in Coco (1969), Wild and Wonderful (1971), and Pippin (1972). During Pippin she came to the attention of the show's director and choreographer Bob Fosse. Reinking became Fosse's protégé and romantic partner.
In 1974, Reinking came to critical notice in the role of Maggie in Over Here!, winning a Theatre World Award. She starred as Joan of Arc in Goodtime Charley in 1975, receiving Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical.
In 1976 she replaced Donna McKechnie as Cassie in A Chorus Line; in 1977 she replaced Gwen Verdon in the starring role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, a show directed and choreographed by Fosse. In 1978 she appeared in Fosse's review Dancin', and received another Tony nomination.
In that year Reinking and Fosse ended their romance and separated. They continued to have a professional, creative collaboration. Reinking has acknowledged Fosse as the major influence on her work as a choreographer.
In March 1985, Reinking performed the song "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", which had been a Billboard Hot 100 number one and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, at the 57th Academy Awards. The song's original writer and performer, the English rock drummer Phil Collins, was the only nominee in the category not invited to sing his song on stage. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times: "Reinking did an incredible job of totally destroying a beautiful song. The best that can be said about her performance is that the stage set was nice." Following her performance of the song, which was described by another critic as ""absurdly inept", Collins would introduce it at concerts by saying: "I'm sorry Miss Ann Reinking couldn't be here tonight; I guess I just have to sing my own song."
In 1986, she returned to Broadway, starring in a successful revival of Fosse's production of Sweet Charity. In 1991, she appeared in her first theatre production following the birth of her son, the Broadway National Tour of Bye Bye Birdie, costarring Tommy Tune. In 1992 she contributed choreography to Tommy Tune Tonite!, a three-man review featuring Tune.
Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994. In 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.
Reinking had retired from performing by this time. 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 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, with the Encores! cast: Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton, and Marcia Lewis. 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 Best Choreography. She recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.
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. For her work on the West End production of Fosse, Reinking (along with the late Bob Fosse himself) won the 2001 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer.
Reinking continues to choreograph for theatre, television, and film. Reinking served as a judge of annual New York City public school dance competition for inner-city youth, and appeared in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary film about the competition. In 2012, she contributed choreography for the Broadway production of An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. She currently serves as a member of the advising committee for the American Theatre Wing.
Reinking was briefly married three times in 1970-1991; each of these marriages ended in divorce. She had one child, son Christopher, by third husband James Stuart. She has been married since 1991 to Peter Talbert.
Reinking's son, Chris, suffers from Marfan syndrome, and she works closely with the Marfan Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. She produced the 2009 documentary, In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome.
|1976||Ellery Queen||Lorelie Farnsworth|
|1977||The Andros Targets||Laura Harper|
|1978||Movie Movie||Troubles Moran|
|1979||All That Jazz||Kate Jagger|
|1984||Micki + Maude||Micki Salinger|
|1987||The Cosby Show||Jill Kelly|
|1971||Wild and Wonderful||Ensemble|
|1972||Pippin||Ensemble, Catherine understudy|
|1975||Goodtime Charley||Joan of Arc|
|1976||A Chorus Line||Cassie Ferguson|
|1986||Sweet Charity||Charity Hope Valentine|
|1965||Bye Bye Birdie||Ensemble||Seattle Opera House|
|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|
|1991||Bye Bye Birdie||Rose Alvarez||Broadway National Tour|
|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'|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Choreography||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Choreography||Won|
|Astaire Award||Best Female Dancer||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|
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- The Children of Theatre Street
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