The 2019 Tony Nominees for Best Choreography

by Michael Mahany | 4/30/2019 4:53 PM


Gayle King, Bebe Neuwirth, and Brandon Victor Dixon. Photo credit: Marc J. Franklin.


Early this morning, The 2019 Tony nominations were announced by Broadway’s Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth, live in New York City. The first eight announcements were aired live on ‘CBS This Morning’ with anchor Gayle King onstage introducing the categories.


The nomination announcement ceremony, always a joyous affair chock full of excited theatre fans ready to see their favorite shows, performers, and creatives announced for a chance at the theatre’s top honor, provided Broadway fans everywhere the earliest glimpse at the 2019 nominees. Of course, nervous potential nominees and the companies of the 17 eligible new Broadway shows, all had keen eyes on the announcement ceremony, too.


This year — a record season for the Great White Way — doors were opened to many newcomers as well as some of Broadway’s most respected establishment. For dance fans, the announcements meant finally seeing who the nominees for Best Choreography were, and to see how the nominees reflect the relative change Broadway is seeing in the trends of dance and movement onstage.


The 2019 nominees for the Best Choreography Tony Award are: Camille A. Brown for ‘Choir Boy’, Warren Carlyle for ‘Kiss Me, Kate’, Denis Jones for ‘Tootsie’, David Neumann for ‘Hadestown’, and Sergio Trujillo for ‘Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations’.


Here’s a preview of the nominees for this year’s award. Stay with Dance Network for more detailed profiles in the weeks leading up to the Tony Awards.


2019 Tony nominees for Best Choreography


Camille A. Brown



Camille A. Brown. Photo credit: Marc J. Franklin.


Camille A Brown is nominated for her work setting the movement to the play ‘Choir Boy’. Brown, who set the movement to last year's Tony-winning revival of ‘Once On This Island’, is one of the hottest names on Broadway these days. Her background dancing and choreographing in the modern and contemporary worlds has helped propel her inventive and storytelling driven movement to the forefront of Broadway.


Like we saw with Stephen Hoggett’s nomination last year for ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’, the choreography being developed for Broadway plays seems to again be making a run at the Tony Awards — and it’s certainly making things more interesting.


Brown choreographed the 2018 television concert staging of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar: Live’ on NBC.


‘Choir Boy’ is also nominated for Best Play among other awards.


More: From Broadway to The Joyce: Camille A. Brown is Leading the Way



Warren Carlyle



Warren Carlyle. Photo credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.


Warren Carlyle’s production of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is an athletic and intense new version of the beloved Broadway classic. The show -- which includes an over 10-minute long production number of the song “Too Darn Hot” performed by Chita Rivera Award nominee James T. Lane -- is Carlyle’s third Tony nomination.


Carlyle was nominated in 2014 for Best Direction and Best Choreography for his work on ‘After Midnight’ and won the Tony for Best Choreography.


Carlyle is set to choreograph the 2020 revival of ‘The Music Man’ starring Hugh Jackman.


More: Warren Carlyle Has Broadway & Hugh Jackman Ahead, But What About 'SYTYCD?'



Denis Jones



Denis Jones. Photo credit: Christopher Mueller.


Denis Jones’ choreography for ‘Tootsie’ was all based in finding the funny. When Dance Network spoke with Jones at the 2019 Chita Rivera Awards nominee reception he explained that his fairly recent attachment to the piece pushed him to create quickly and to be as funny as possible.


Jones, no stranger to Broadway, was nominated for a Tony in 2017 for his work choreographing ‘Holiday Inn’. He also set the movement to 2015’s ‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ on Broadway, and served as the associate choreographer to Tony winner Jerry Mitchell on Broadway's 2007 hit, ‘Legally Blonde’.


More: Spotlight on the Nominees: 'Holiday Inn's Denis Jones



David Neumann



David Neumann. Photo credit: Theatrical Index.


David Neumann is certainly living up to his name — at least to most outside those in the theatre industry. David Neumann is definitely the “new man” in the Best Choreography category. While Neumann is a well established and respected choreographer in the dance world, his work on ‘Hadestown’ marks his Broadway debut.


Neumann’s theatrical work has been seen in New York at spaces like Off-Broadway’s Soho Rep and Ars Nova and he’s worked with some of the biggest names in dance like Jack Soto, Wendy Whelan, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He also choreographed the film, ‘I Am Legend’ starring Will Smith.


More: Wendy Whelan and Jonathan Stafford Were Just Announced As NYCB's New Leaders -- And That's A Big Deal



Sergio Trujillo



Sergio Trujillo. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy.

Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations’ marks Sergio Trujillo’s 12th Broadway show as a choreographer! Trujillo, nominated now for his second Tony award for choreography, (he was previously nominated for 2016’s ‘On Your Feet’), set the movement to Broadway hits like ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Memphis’, ‘A Bronx Tale’, ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’, and more.


Prior to his work on the creative side of the table, Trujillo appeared as a performer on Broadway in 1989’s ‘Jerome Robbins’ Broadway’, 1992’s ‘Guys And Dolls’, and 1999’s ‘Fosse’.


More: Tony Nominee Jane Lanier Talks All Things Fosse & Verdon


For ALL the latest in Tony Award season news, stick with Dance Network — we’ll bring you all the latest Broadway dance related news, right here! For the full list of Tony nominees, click here.


James Corden will host the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9th at 8 pm at Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony will air live on CBS.


Michael Mahany serves as Dance Network’s New York City correspondent. He is also a professional actor, singer, dancer, writer, and host. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, or Facebook.

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