Broadway’s ‘Beautiful’ Wins Chorus Award from Actors’ Equity

Actors’ Equity Association, the legit thesps’ union, has named Broadway musical “Beautiful” as the recipient of the ACCA Award for outstanding Broadway chorus.

The annual kudo honors a Broadway show for its chorus members’ talents and contributions in the musical. Carole King bio “Beautiful” opened in January at the Sondheim Theater and earned a Tony for Jessie Mueller’s lead performance.

The 16 individual recipients of this year’s Equity award were all part of the show’s chorus during its opening night: Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Josh Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender J. Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd and Melvinn Tunstall.

In determining the winning chorus of this year’s award, Equity’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) considered the requirements made by each show’s director, choreographer and musical director, the execution of those requirements and the chorus’ contributions to the overall production.

Past winners of the award have included 2007’s “Legally Blonde,” the 2009 musical “West Side Story” and, last year, “Pippin.”

The ACCA award will be handed out June 17 at Equity’s National Council meeting in New York.

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