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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Drama Critics’ Winners and Astaire Nominees

By DAVE ITZKOFF / May 6, 2009

Overshadowed by the Tony Award nominations on Tuesday morning were the 2009 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, which were announced late on Monday night and went to “Ruined” (best play), “Billy Elliot: The Musical” (best musical), and “Black Watch” (best foreign play). ... Also on Monday, nominations were announced for the Astaire Awards, which honor dance onstage and in film. The nominees for Broadway choreography are Andy Blankenbuehler (“9 to 5: The Musical”), Karole Armitage (“Hair”), Peter Darling (“Billy Elliot”), Sergio Trujillo (“Guys and Dolls”) and Graciela Daniele (“Pal Joey”). Nominees for film choreography include Anthony Van Laast (“Mamma Mia!”), Longines Fernandes (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”). Allison Janney, above in “9 to 5,” was a nominee for best leading actress in a musical.


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