Tony nominee After Midnight swept the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards on June 2. The tuner’s Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Karine Plantadit were a tie for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, while Jared Grimes won for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show and Warren Carlyle took home the honors for Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show.
The ceremony was held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. As previously announced, choreographer Pat Birch received the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, while dancer and dance instructor Luigi was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. Legendary director Hal Prince, Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy winner Valerie Harper, Joe Morton, Sandy Duncan and Maksim Chmerkovskiy served as presenters.
The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. They were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and Douglas Watt.