Broadway hoofer-turned-choreographer Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wedding Singer, Cry-Baby) took home a trophy last night when the Creative Arts Emmys were held in Los Angeles. He was honored for his staging of the tribute to classic movie musicals that were a part of the 2009 Academy Awards broadcast, featuring Hugh Jackman, Beyonce, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. The medley tipped its hat to a bunch of well-loved musicals, including Top Hat, Hairspray, Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge, The Sound of Music, Dreamgirls, Mamma Mia!, Grease and Chicago. Below is the big number in all its glory.
Also winning an Outstanding Choreography award was Tyce Diorio, who staged an Adam and Eve dance on So You Think You Can Dance to the song "Silence" by Jorane. Diorio is less of a name on Broadway, but he was a featured dancer in Fosse and associate choreographer on the Beach Boys musical Good Vibrations (in addition to having been a very sassy part of the Chorus Line documentary Every Little Step), so here's a look at his celebrated work as well. Seems like it might be time for Tyce on Broadway.