St. X Grad Nominated for Tony Award
Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, nominated for a Tony Award yesterday for choreographing the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical, is a graduate of Cincinnati’s St. Xavier and Nativity Schools.
The four-time nominee won in 2008 for In the Heights, also created by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
He was nominated in 2009 for 9 to 5: The Musical, and in 2013 for Bring it On: The Musical, where he again worked with Miranda, and which he also directed.
Hamilton received 16 Tony nominations, the most ever for a musical, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Score.
A dancer in the 1990s, Blankenbuehler made the rare switch to choreographer after several injuries, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is currently working on choreography for a revival of Cats with Andrew Lloyd Webber and the legendary show’s director, Trevor Nunn, and designer, John Napier.
Last year he won the a Drama Desk Special award for his choreography of Hamilton. In 2007 he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography for In the Heights.
In addition to choreographing many musicals, Blankenbeuhler has done choreography for Caesar’s Palace and entertainers including Bette Midler and Elton John and for television commercials and programs, and has been a guest choreographer for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
The 70th Annual Antoinette (Tony) Perry Award ceremony will be held at 8pm on June 12th in New York City, and will be broadcast live on CBS stations.
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