For the second time in two years, Susan Stroman has once again broken her own record for winning the most Astaire Awards.
The choreographer took the Theater Development Fund’s top honor for Broadway dance at Thursday’s ceremony at the Hudson Theater. She won for her work in the current production of “Oklahoma!” It marks the fourth time Stroman has taken choreography kudos. Last year, with her win for “The Producers,” she beat her previous record of three nods. Previous Astaire Awards went to Stroman in 2000 for “Contact” and “The Music Man” and in 1995 for “Showboat.”
This year, she was nominated with Rob Ashford (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and Christopher Wheeldon (“Sweet Smell of Success”).
TDF honored Sutton Foster with the female dancer nod for her role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Justin Bohon of “Oklahoma!” took male dancer. The dancer nominees included Josefina Gabrielle (“Oklahoma!”), Kate Levering (“Thou Shalt Not”), Vernel Bagneris (“One Mo’ Time”) and Norbert Leo Butz (“Thou Shalt Not”).
For the first time in its 20-year history, the Astaire Awards also honored dance teachers. Those awards went to Frank Hatchett, Luigi, Phil Black and Gabriela Taub-Darvash.