Astaire Awards announce noms for B’way dancers

Winners to be announced May 18

NEW YORK — Nominees for the 19th annual Astaire Awards, which honor Broadway dancers and choreographers, were announced Thursday.

This is the first time the nominees have been made public. Previously, single winners in each category were announced. Douglas Watt, the Astaire Awards committee chairman, said the format change had been made to acknowledge this season’s high number of eligible shows: 13.

The winners will be announced at a luncheon on May 18 at the Hudson Theater. Event benefits the Theater Development Fund, which administers the awards.

The nominees:

Choreographer: Lynne Taylor Corbett, “Swing!”; Kathleen Marshall, “Kiss Me, Kate”; Susan Stroman, “Contact” and “The Music Man.”

Female dancer: Stephanie Michels, “Contact”; Deborah Yates, “Contact”; Karen Ziemba, “Contact.”

Male dancer: Clyde Alves, “The Music Man”; Michael Berresse, “Kiss Me, Kate”; Stanley Wayne Mathis, “Kiss Me, Kate.”

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