Andrew Moore 
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Re: “An Ostrander mistake? We know who staged "Crazy for You" but who is the choreographer?

Thanks for this really thoughtful post Chris. It's a really sticky issue.

I had several friends in that production of Urinetown in Chicago and when I saw it I kept thinking, wow, this looks just like the original! It was most striking in the physical design elements. The costumes and set looked like they might have just been trucked in from the tour.

There has to be a way to recognize both the outstanding work of the local choreographer in adapting and teaching the work AND the remarkable work of the original choreographer. I think it's especially important in a work like Crazy for You where so many of the numbers are rather iconic and have come to be known as signature pieces for Susan Stroman. Whether legally required to acknowledge that you have purchased the license to use original choreography or not, it just feels like the right thing to do. Otherwise it feels as though you're trying to pull the wool over your audience's eyes, whether that's really what you intend or not.

Just my two cents.

P.S. Fight Choreography should absolutely be its own category. And if its a case of having only one nominee worthy of recognition in a given year, then just honor that one nominee rather than lump him/her in with dance choreography.

Posted by Andrew Moore on 08/19/2011 at 12:18 PM
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