Ann Reinking Biography – Ann Reinking Wiki
Ann Reinking was an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Reinking was born on November 10, 1949, in Seattle, Washington, United States. As a child, Reinking began ballet lessons, studying with former Ballets Russes dancers Marian and Illaria Ladre in Seattle. She made her professional performing debut at the age of 12 in a production of Giselle with the English Royal Ballet. Reinking then moved to New York City at age 18 and danced as a member of the corps de ballet at the Radio City Music Hall. She performed in the ensemble of the second national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and at the age of 19 made her Broadway debut in the musical Cabaret.
Reinking was a chorus dancer in Coco (1969), Wild and Wonderful (1971), and Pippin (1972). During Pippin, she came to the attention of the show’s director and choreographer Bob Fosse. Reinking became Fosse’s protégée and romantic partner, an affair that continued even as Fosse was still legally married to Gwen Verdon at the time. In 1974, Reinking came to be noticed in the role of Maggie in Over Here!, winning a Theatre World Award. She starred as Joan of Arc in Goodtime Charley in 1975, receiving Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical. In 1976, she replaced Donna McKechnie as Cassie in A Chorus Line, and in 1977, she replaced Verdon in the starring role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, a show directed and choreographed by Fosse.
Reinking appeared in Bob Fosse’s semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz as Katie Jagger In 1979, a role loosely based on her own life and relationship with Fosse. Reinking remained in Hollywood for several years after All That Jazz, and appeared in two more feature films, Annie (as Grace Farrell) and Micki & Maude (as Micki).
In March 1985, Reinking appeared at the 57th Academy Awards to give a mostly lip-synced vocal performance accompanied by a dance routine of the Academy Award-nominated Phil Collins single “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”. The routine was poorly received by critics from the Los Angeles Times and People, as well as by Collins himself in a Rolling Stone interview. In 1986, she returned to Broadway, replacing Debbie Allen in a successful revival of Fosse’s production of Sweet Charity. In 1991, she appeared in her first theater production following the birth of her son, the Broadway National Tour of Bye Bye Birdie, costarring Tommy Tune.
she greatly contributed choreography to Tommy Tune Tonite!, a three-man revue featuring Tune in 1992. Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994, and in 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.
In 1996, she was asked to create the choreography “in the style of Bob Fosse” for an all-star four-night-only concert staging of Chicago for City Center’s annual Encores! Concert Series. When the producers could not obtain a suitable actress for the role of Roxie Hart, Reinking agreed to reprise the role after almost 20 years. This concert staging of Chicago was a hit, and a few months later the production was produced on Broadway, with the Encores! casts Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton, and Marcia Lewis. In November 2016, the revival celebrated its 20th year, and, as of September 2017, it is the longest-running American musical on Broadway.
The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards, and Reinking won the Tony Award for Best Choreography. She recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall. In 1998, she co-created, co-directed, and co-choreographed the revue Fosse, receiving a Tony Award co-nomination for Best Direction of a Musical. For her work on the West End production of Fosse, Reinking won the 2001 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer.
In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts. She also served as a judge of annual New York City public school dance competitions for inner-city youth and appeared in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary film about the competition. In 2012, she contributed choreography for the Broadway production of An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. She as well served as a member of the advising committee for the American Theatre Wing.
Ann Reinking Age
She was born on November 10, 1949, in Seattle, Washington, United States. Reinking died on December 12, 2020, in Washington, United States, at the age of 71 years.
Ann Reinking Son
She was the mother of Christopher Reinking Stuart. Ann Reinking’s son Chris has Marfan syndrome, and her mother worked with the Marfan Foundation, which is focused on creating awareness of the disease. She even produced the 2009 documentary In My Hands, A Story of Marfan Syndrome.
Ann Reinking Death
Reinking died on December 12, 2020, while visiting family in Seattle, said her manager, Lee Gross. Ann Reinking’s cause of death was not disclosed.
Ann Reinking Height
She stood at a height of 5 feet 6 inches ( 1.71 m ) tall.
Ann Reinking Net Worth
Ann Reinking’s Net Worth is estimated to be $5 million.