Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell.jpg
Born(1949-11-10)November 10, 1949
DiedDecember 12, 2020(2020-12-12) (aged 71)
OccupationActress, dancer, and choreographer
Years active1962–2011
Spouse(s)
Larry Small
(m. 1970, divorced)

(m. 1982; div. 1989)

James Stuart
(m. 1989; div. 1991)

Peter Talbert
(m. 1994)
Partner(s)Bob Fosse (1972–1978)
Children1

Ann Reinking (November 10, 1949 – December 12, 2020) was an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Her extensive work in musical theater included Broadway productions of Coco (1969), Over Here! (1974), Goodtime Charley (1975), 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 appeared in the films All That Jazz (1979), Annie (1982), and Micki & Maude (1984).

Early life

Ann Reinking was born on November 10, 1949 in Seattle, the daughter of Frances (née Harrison), a homemaker, and Walter Floyd Reinking, a hydraulic engineer.[1][2][3] She grew up in the suburb of Bellevue.[4] As a child, Reinking began ballet lessons, studying with former Ballets Russes dancers Marian and Illaria Ladre in Seattle.[4]

Reinking made her professional performing debut at the age of 12 in a production of Giselle with the English Royal Ballet.[5] While attending middle school and high school, she studied at the San Francisco Ballet during the summers as a part of a scholarship. After graduating from Bellevue High School, she took summer classes offered by Joffrey Ballet at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.[6]

Career

Reinking moved to New York City at age 18,[7] and danced as a member of the corps de ballet at the Radio City Music Hall,[8] performed in the ensemble of the second national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and at the age of 19 made her Broadway debut in the musical Cabaret. She was a chorus dancer in Coco (1969), Wild and Wonderful (1971), and Pippin (1972).[2] During Pippin, she came to the attention of the show's director and choreographer Bob Fosse. Reinking became Fosse's protégée and romantic partner, even as Fosse was still legally married to (though separated from) Gwen Verdon at the time.[9]

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.[2] In 1976, she replaced Donna McKechnie as Cassie in A Chorus Line; in 1977, she replaced Verdon in the starring role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, a show directed and choreographed by Fosse.[2] In 1978, she appeared in Fosse's revue Dancin', and received another Tony nomination.[10] In that year, Reinking and Fosse ended their romance and separated.[11][12] However, they continued to have a professional, creative collaboration. Fosse's influence on Reinking's work as a choreographer could be seen in her retention of his "dark, jazzlike, fluid body movements."[13] In 1979, Reinking appeared in Fosse's semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz as Katie Jagger, a role loosely based on her own life and relationship with Fosse.[11][14] Reinking appeared in two more feature films, as Grace Farrell in Annie (1982) and as Micki Salinger in Micki & Maude (1984).[15] In a 2019 mini-series aired on FX, Fosse/Verdon, Margaret Qualley portrayed Reinking and her relationship with Fosse.[16]

In March 1985, Reinking appeared at the 57th Academy Awards to give a mostly lip-synced vocal performance accompanied by a dance routine of the Academy Award-nominated Phil Collins single "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)". The routine was poorly received by critics from the Los Angeles Times and People,[17][18] as well as by Collins himself in a Rolling Stone interview.[19] In 1986, she returned to Broadway, replacing Debbie Allen in a successful revival of Fosse's production of Sweet Charity.[10] In 1991, she appeared in her first theater 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 revue featuring Tune. Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994.[20] In 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of Bye Bye Birdie.[21]

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.[14] 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.[11][22] In November 2016, the revival celebrated its 20th year, and, as of March 2020, when theaters closed, it was the longest-running American musical on Broadway. 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.[23]

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.[24][25] 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.[26]

In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts.[27] Reinking served as a judge of annual New York City public school dance competitions for inner-city youth,[5] 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.[2] She served as a member of the advising committee for the American Theatre Wing.[28]

Personal life

Reinking married four times. She was first married on March 19, 1972 to Broadway actor Larry Small, whom she divorced the same year.[29] Reinking was married to investment banker Herbert Allen Jr. from 1982 to 1989. In 1989, she married businessman James Stuart, with whom she had a son, Christopher, before their divorce in 1991. Reinking married sportswriter Peter Talbert in 1994, and was stepmother to his four children.[30]

Reinking retired in 2017 and lived in Paradise Valley, Arizona.[4][31]

Reinking's son has Marfan syndrome, and Reinking worked 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.[32]

Reinking died in her sleep at age 71 on December 12, 2020 while visiting her family in Washington.[1]

Credits

Filmography
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1976 Ellery Queen Lorelie Farnsworth TV-series episode [33]
1977 The Andros Targets Laura Harper TV-series episode [34]
1978 Movie Movie Troubles Moran [35]
1979 All That Jazz Kate Jagger [35]
1982 Annie Grace Farrell [35]
1984 Micki & Maude Micki Salinger [35]
1987 The Cosby Show Jill Kelly TV-series episode [33]
Broadway Theater
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1969 Cabaret Ensemble[7] [36]
1969 Coco Ensemble [36]
1971 Wild and Wonderful Ensemble [36]
1972 Pippin Ensemble, Catherine understudy [36]
1974 Over Here! Maggie [36]
1975 Goodtime Charley Joan of Arc [36]
1976 A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson (replacement) [36]
1977 Chicago Roxie Hart (replacement) [36]
1978 Dancin' Ensemble [36]
1986 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine (replacement) [36]
1992 Tommy Tune Tonite! "Choreographic contributions by Ann Reinking" [36]
1996 Chicago Roxie Hart "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking" [36]
2001 Fosse Ensemble (replacement) "Conceived, co-directed and co-choreographed by Ann Reinking" [36]
2003 The Look of Love "Conceived and co-choreographed by Ann Reinking" [37]
2011 An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin "Choreographed by Ann Reinking" [38]
Other Theater
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1965 Bye Bye Birdie Ensemble Seattle Opera House [1]
1968 Fiddler on the Roof Ensemble Broadway National Tour [39]
1975 Girl Crazy Molly Gray The Muny [40]
1976 A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson Broadway National Tour [41]
1982 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Molly Brown The Muny [40]
1988 Pal Joey Melba Snyder; Choreographer Goodman Theatre [42]
1991 Bye Bye Birdie Rose Alvarez Broadway National Tour [41]
1996 Applause Broadway National Tour; "Choreographed by Ann Reinking" [41]
1999 Chicago Roxie Hart (replacement) Broadway National Tour; "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking" [41]
1999 Fosse Ensemble (replacement) "Conceived, co-directed and co-choreographed by Ann Reinking" [41]
2001 The Visit Goodman Theatre; "Choreographed by Ann Reinking" [43]
2003 No Strings New York City Center; "Choreographed by Ann Reinking" [44]
2004 Here Lies Jenny Zipper Theatre; "Choreographed by Ann Reinking" [45]
2008 Chicago Broadway National Tour; "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking" [41]
2013
2018 Théâtre Mogador; "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking"[46]

Awards

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result Title Ref.
1974 Theatre World Award Theatre World Award Won Over Here! [47]
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Female Performer Won [48]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won [48]
1975 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated Goodtime Charley [49]
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated [48]
1978 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated Dancin' [49]
1997 Best Choreography Won Chicago [49]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Won [50]
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Won [50]
Astaire Award Best Female Dancer Won [51]
Best Choreographer Won [51]
1998 Laurence Olivier Award Best Choreography Nominated [52]
1999 Tony Award Best Director Nominated Fosse [49]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated [48]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated [48]
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated [48]
2001 Laurence Olivier Award Best Choreography Won [26]
Helpmann Award Best Choreography Won Chicago [53]

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