Ann Reinking

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Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell.jpg
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell
Born(1949-11-10) November 10, 1949 (age 65)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1965-present
Spouse(s)Larry Small (1970; divorced)
Herbert Allen, Jr. (1982-1989; divorced)
James Stuart (1989-1991; divorced); 1 child
Peter Talbert (1991-present)
ChildrenChristopher Reinking Stuart
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Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell.jpg
Ann Reinking by Jack Mitchell
Born(1949-11-10) November 10, 1949 (age 65)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1965-present
Spouse(s)Larry Small (1970; divorced)
Herbert Allen, Jr. (1982-1989; divorced)
James Stuart (1989-1991; divorced); 1 child
Peter Talbert (1991-present)
ChildrenChristopher Reinking Stuart

Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949) is a Tony Award- and Olivier Award-winning American actress, dancer, and choreographer. She has worked extensively in musical theatre, both as a dancer and choreographer, as well as appearing in film.


Early life[edit]

Reinking was born in Seattle, Washington, one of seven children born to Frances and Walter Reinking. Of Norwegian, German, and Irish descent, she grew up in California, and moved back to Seattle with her family as an adolescent. She began ballet lessons at the age of 10, studying with Marian and Illaria Ladre in Seattle. They were a professional ballet couple who had danced for years with the Ballets Russes, which later became the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.[1]

She spent summers in junior high and high school dancing at the San Francisco Ballet. She moved to New York City at the age of 17 following her graduation from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington.


Ann Reinking is a Fosse influenced dancer and choreographer. 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). She went on to originate roles in Goodtime Charley (for which she received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical) and Bob Fosse's Dancin' (Tony nomination). She took over lead roles in A Chorus Line (1976), Chicago in 1977, and Sweet Charity (1986).[2]

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, Jessica Lange, Ben Vereen, John Lithgow, and Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon (a role loosely based on Bob Fosse).[3][4]

She appeared in several feature films, including Annie (as Grace Farrell) and Micki + Maude (as Micki). Reinking attracted notice in 1985 for her performance at the Academy Awards of the song "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), which had been a #1 Billboard chart hit and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song's original writer and performer, Phil Collins, was the only nominee in the category not invited to sing his song on stage.[5]

Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994.[6] In 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie,[7][8]

After retiring from performing, Reinking returned to the stage as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago in 1996.[3] 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 again after almost 20 years. This concert staging of Chicago was a hit, and a few months later the production (in its concert staging presentation) was produced on Broadway, along with its sterling cast: Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton and Marcia Lewis.[4][9] In November 2014 the revival celebrated its 18th year on Broadway and became the second-longest running Broadway show of all time. The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards, and Reinking won the Tony Award for Choreography. She recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.[citation needed]

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.[10][11]

In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts.

Reinking continues to choreograph for theatre, television, and film. In May 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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Reinking was a protégé and romantic partner of Bob Fosse for six years during the 1970s; the couple ended their romance and separated by 1978.[4][13] They continued to have a professional, creative collaboration.

Reinking lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her fourth husband Peter Talbert, and her son.[1][14] She recently completed production of the documentary, In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome, and continues to work closely with the National Marfan Foundation. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to raising awareness of Marfan Syndrome, which has affected her son.[15]


1976Ellery QueenLorelie Farnsworth
1977The Andros TargetsLaura Harper
1978Movie MovieTroubles Moran
1979All That JazzKate Jagger
1982AnnieGrace Farrell
1984Micki + MaudeMicki Salinger
1987The Cosby ShowJill Kelly
Broadway Theater
1969CocoEnsemble, Jeanine
1971Wild and WonderfulEnsemble
1972PippinEnsemble, Catherine understudy
1974Over Here!Maggie
1975Goodtime CharleyJoan of Arc
1976A Chorus LineCassie Ferguson
1977ChicagoRoxie Hart
1986Sweet CharityCharity Hope Valentine
1996ChicagoRoxie Hart
Other Theater
1968Fiddler on the RoofEnsembleBroadway National Tour
1975Girl CrazyMolly GrayThe Muny
1976A Chorus LineCassie FergusonBroadway National Tour
1982The Unsinkable Molly BrownMolly BrownThe Muny
1988Pal JoeyMelba SnyderGoodman Theatre
1990Bye Bye BirdieRose AlvarezThe Muny


List of awards and nominations
1974Theatre World AwardTheatre World AwardWonOver Here!
Clarence Derwent AwardMost Promising Female PerformerWon
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalWon
1975Tony AwardBest Actress in a MusicalNominatedGoodtime Charley
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actress in a MusicalNominated
1978Tony AwardBest Featured Actress in a MusicalNominatedDancin'
1997Best ChoreographyWonChicago
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding ChoreographyWon
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding ChoreographyWon
1998Laurence Olivier AwardBest ChoreographyNominated
1999Tony AwardBest DirectorNominatedFosse
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding ChoreographyNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Director of a MusicalNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Director of a MusicalNominated
2001Laurence Olivier AwardBest ChoreographyWon
Helpmann AwardBest ChoreographyWonChicago


  1. ^ a b Berson, Misha."Dancer Ann Reinking returns to her hometown for kids-theater benefit"Seattle Times, 29 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Stars Over Broadway-Ann Reinking", retrieved August 28, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Reinking biography", retrieved August 28, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Kenrick, John."Who's Who: Reinking, Ann"; retrieved August 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Bronson, F. The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books, New York. 2003., p.586
  6. ^ Biography Broadway Theater Dance Project, retrieved August 28, 2010.
  7. ^ "'Bye Bye Birdie' listing at; retrieved August 28, 2010.
  8. ^ O'Connor, John J."Review: 50's Revisited in New 'Bye Bye Birdie'"The New York Times, December 1, 1995
  9. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Lively Legacy, A Come-Hither Air"The New York Times, November 15, 1996
  10. ^ "'Fosse' listing, retrieved August 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review:An Album Of Fosse"The New York Times, January 15, 1999.
  12. ^ "'Mad Hot Ballroom' listing", retrieved August 28, 2010.
  13. ^ McMurran, Kristin."When Ann Reinking Is Dancin' She Gives 'em Fever—but What a Lovely Way to Burn",, July 24, 1978.
  14. ^ Biography; retrieved August 28, 2010.
  15. ^ "'In My Hands' Documentary"; accessed August 28, 2010.

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