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‘Catch Me’ leads Astaire noms

Broadway musical gets six nods

Broadway tuner “Catch Me If You Can” and features “Black Swan,” “Burlesque” and “Mao’s Last Dancer” are among the nominees tapped for the dance-centric Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.

“Catch Me” led the list with six noms spread among four categories, including choreographer (Jerry Mitchell), male dancer (one bid each for co-stars Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz) and female dancer (Rachel de Benedet, Jennifer Frankel, Angie Schworer).

Nine Main Stem choreographers were nominated for their legit moves, including Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”), Rob Ashford (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), Kathleen Marshall (“Anything Goes”) and Susan Stroman (“The Scottsboro Boys”).

Movie choreographers noms include Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”), Michael Flatley (“Lord of the Dance 3D”) and Benoit-Swan Pouffer (“The Adjustment Bureau”). The 29th Astaire Awards are set for May 15 at N.Y.’s Skirball Center.

Nominees for Excellence In Dance & Choreography on Broadway

BROADWAY CHOREOGRAPHER
Rob Ashford — “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Marguerite Derricks — “Wonderland”
Kathleen Marshall — “Anything Goes”
Jerry Mitchell — “Catch Me if You Can”
Toby Sedgwick — “Warhorse”
Susan Stroman — “Scottsboro Boys
Anthony Van Laast — “Sister Act “
Danny Medford — “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson”
Casey Nicholaw — “Book of Mormon”

FEMALE DANCER, BROADWAY
Rachel de Benedet — “Catch Me if You Can”
Sutton Foster — “Anything Goes”
Jennifer Frankel — “Catch Me if You Can”
J. Elaine Marcos — “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”
Patina Miller — “Sister Act”
Laura Osnes — “Anything Goes”
Angie Schworer — “Catch Me if You Can”
Megan Sikora — “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Samantha Zack — “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

MALE DANCER, BROADWAY
Nick Adams — “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”
Norbert Leo Butz — “Catch Me if You Can”
Colman Domingo — “Scottsboro Boys”
Colin Donnell — “Anything Goes”
Josh Gad — “Book of Mormon”
Joshua Henry — “Scottsboro Boys”
Daniel Radcliffe — “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
Aaron Tveit — “Catch Me if You Can”

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY ON FILM
“Black Swan” — Choreographer, Benjamin Millepied
“Burlesque” — Choreographer, Denise Faye / Co-Choreographer, Joe Pizzi
“Lord of the Dance 3D” — Choreographer, Michael Flatley
“Mao’s Last Dancer” — Choreographers — Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon
“Step It Up 3D” — Choreographer, Jamal Sims
“The Adjustment Bureau” — Choreographer, Benoit-Swan Pouffer

Legendary dancer, choreographer & teacher Jacques D’amboise will receive the 2011 Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award named for the late esteemed drama critic who with Mr. Astaire founded the awards.

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