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Ann Reinking

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Ann Reinking

Date of Birth: 10 November 1949
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, USA


Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949) is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer, best-known for her creative and personal association with choreographer Bob Fosse.


Reinking was born in Seattle, Washington where she originally trained as a ballet dancer. She studied with Marian and Illaria Ladre, a professional ballet couple who had danced for years with the Ballets Russes which later became the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


After working as a chorus girl in Coco, Wild and Wonderful, and Pippin, Reinking came to critical notice in the role of Maggie in Over Here! (Theatre World Award). Reinking went on to originate roles in Goodtime Charley (which won Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations) and Bob Fosse's Dancin' (Tony nomination). She also took over leads in Chicago, A Chorus Line, and Sweet Charity. After retiring from performance for several years, Reinking returned to the stage as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago and as a special guest in Fosse.

In 1979 Reinking appeared in Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz, in a role loosely based on her own life and relationship with Fosse. In the film, Reinking starred opposite Leland Palmer (playing a role inspired by Fosse's wife, Gwen Verdon), Jessica Lange, Ben Vereen, John Lithgow, and Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon (Bob Fosse). Reinking's long-term relationship with Fosse included their living together for many years. She later starred in films such as Annie (as Grace Farrell) and Micki and Maude (as Micki). In 1987 she guest starred on an episode of the top-rated NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

Reinking next focused her career on choreography for Broadway musicals. She founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals. 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. After the producers could not snag a suitable actress for the role of Roxie Hart, Reinking agreed to reprise the role again after almost 20 years (she had replaced Gwen Verdon in the original Broadway production back in 1977). This concert-staging of Chicago was a such a huge hit that immediately producers were interested and a few months later, the production (in its concert-staging presentation) was brought to Broadway, along with its all-star cast: Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton and Marcia Lewis. In November 2008 the revival celebrated its 12th year on Broadway thus becoming the longest running (and most successful) Broadway revival in Broadway history.[citation needed] The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards including Best Choreography for Reinking (she also won the Drama Desk Award and the Bob Fosse Award), Best Director for Walter Bobbie, Best Actress in a Musical for Newirth and the Best Revival of a Musical award amongst others.

Reinking recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.

In 1995 she choreographed the ABC TV movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie, and continues to choreograph for regional theatre, television, film, etc. In May of 2005, the documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom was released, in which Reinking was featured as one of the enthusiastic judges of the annual New York City public school dance competition for inner-city youth.


  • Played the role of Maggie on the Broadway stage in Over Here with John Travolta and The Andrews Sisters.
  • Won Broadway's 1997 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for a revival of "Chicago." She was nominated on three other occasions: in 1975, as Best Actress (Musical) for "Goodtime Charley;" in 1978 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "Dancin';" and in 1999 as Best Director (Musical), along with collaborator Richard Maltby Jr., for "Fosse."
  • She choreographed Fosse performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre which was nominated for Best Musical at the 2001 (2000 season) Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards.
  • She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Theatre Choreography with the late Bob Fosse for Fosse at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
  • She was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Theatre Choreographer of 1997 season for Chicago.
  • Founder of the Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, Florida, an international program that connects students with real-life professionals who teach the ins and outs of theater life on- and off-stage.
  • Closely associated with dancer/choreographer Bob Fosse, she was his protégé and partner both personally and professionally during the 1970s (though Fosse was separated from, but still married to, Gwen Verdon), and continues to this day promoting his name and dancing style.
  • First worked with Bob Fosse as a chorus member in "Pippin" on Broadway in 1972.
  • Replaced Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart in the stage version of "Chicago" in 1977 although there was a 25-year age difference. Verdon herself was married to Fosse.
  • One of seven children.
  • Performed at "Broadway Comes To Yonkers" a benefit to help raise money for "Youth Theatre Interactions, Inc. (YTI)" a Westchester-based theatre school that caters to apsiring actors between the ages of 9-19.
  • Artistic Director of the Broadway Theater Project in Tampa, Florida.
  • Despite playing a part based on herself in All That Jazz (1979), director Bob Fosse still made her audition several times before she was cast.
  • Has one child from her marriage to James Stuart. Son, Christopher Reinking Stuart (b. 1990).
  • She and Chet Walker were nominated for a 1988 Joseph Jefferson Award for Choreography for "Pal Joey" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • She was nominated for a 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Choreography for "The Visit" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.