The winners of the 29th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards have been announced. The prizes were presented in a ceremony held on May 15 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Bebe Neuwirth and Lee Roy Reams were the hosts for the ceremony.
Susan Stroman has won the award for Best Choreographer on Broadway for her work on The Scottsboro Boys.
Sutton Foster has received a second Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer on Broadway for Anything Goes.
Norbert Leo Butz has won Best Male Dancer for Catch Me if You Can.
Other awards were presented to Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon (Excellence in Choreography in Film) for Mao’s Last Dancer, and Jacques d’Amboise received the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the first Adele Astaire Scholarship has been presented to 17-year-old Corey Snide, a former star of Billy Elliot, who has been accepted to Julliard this fall.
Photo: Sutton Foster in Anything Goes by Joan Marcus
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.