Bebe Neuwirth and Lee Roy Reams will host the 2011 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, honoring excellence in dance on Broadway and in film, which will be presented May 15 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Len Cariou and Brian Stokes Mitchell will co-present the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award to Jacques d'Amboise. Additional presenters include Bill Irwin, Maurice Hines, Christine Andreas, Charlotte d'Amboise, Christopher d'Amboise and Karen Ziemba.
Nominations were announced April 27. Broadway's Catch Me If You Can led with six nominations. Other shows recognized include The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Wonderland, The Scottsboro Boys and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
The Astaire Awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931.
Photo: “Jacques D'Amboise Playing with his Sons” by John Dominis, Seattle, Washington, 1962. Christopher d'Amboise will be attending the ceremony.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.