Tony-winning choreographer, actress and Bob Fosse collaborator Ann Rinking died at the age of 71


NEW YORK – Ann Rinking, a Tony Award-winning choreographer, actress and Bob Fosse collaborator who helped spread the quiet, muscular hybrid of the jazz and burglar movement on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 71.

Reinking died Saturday while visiting the family in Seattle, his manager Lee Gross said. No cause of death was stated.

Tributes were paid to him from the Broadway community including Tony Yazbeck, who called him “an absolute inspiration” and Leslie Odom, Jr., who thanked Rinking for being a patron: “He honored the calling for real. For a legend Rip. ” Bernadette Peters said she was heartbroken and that Billy Eicher said that he was “one of the most people I’ve ever seen on stage. An eccentric talent. RIP.”

Trained as a ballet dancer, Reinking was known for his bold style of dance by his work in the revival of Kander and Ab Musical “Chicago”, complete with net stockings, chair dances and plenty of pelvic thrusts Was.

Bebe Neuwirth’s co-starring with Velma as Rocky Hart, and created “choreography” in the style of Bob Korose, the show’s original director and choreographer, who died in 1987. She and Fosse worked together for 15 years and she was also his lover for many of them.

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His work on “Chicago” won him the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards in 1997. Rinkle repeated his choreography in productions around the world – in England, Australia, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands and elsewhere. He was portrayed by Margaret Qualley in the recent FX series “Fosse / Verdon”.

The musical’s revival was first performed in a concert version of City Center’s “Encourse” series in 1996 and then moved to Broadway, where in 2011 it became the second longest-running show in Broadway history.

“You know how you hear that sometimes a woman goes into labor and 10 minutes later she has found this beautiful baby. You couldn’t believe it was so beautifully materialized,” she said in 2011. Told the Associated Press about the early days of the revival.

In 1998, he saluted the “Fos” to the man who had the greatest influence on his life professionally and personally. She once called him “one of the best dancers in the jazz-modern idiom”.

His movie credits include “Annie” (1982), “Movie, Movie” (1978), and the documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” (2005), which marked Reinking as a ballroom-dance competition judge for New York City children Featured it.

Reiting’s career began in Seattle, where she grew up. Initially, she wanted to become a ballet dancer, “like all girls,” she said. As a student, she won a scholarship to San Francisco with the Joffre Ballet, but after many students improved hours, she would not just sing and dance.

Robert Joffrey stated that with his outgoing personality and other abilities, he should pursue musical theater. Regarding New York City, she said, “I waited tables to save enough money to get here, where she arrived in Seattle and with a $ 500 round-trip ticket. She didn’t need a return trip.

“If you had a guarantee, you would not be involved. Those who join it have a certain sense of high stakes,” he said. “You need a break and when you get it, you’ll be better prepared for it.”

Reinking’s break was over in many shows. She was in the ensemble cast for Broadway’s “Coco”, in 1969, starring Katharine Hepburn as Coco Chanel, and in 1972 in the chorus of “Pippin”, selected by its director and choreographer, Foss. The ensemble was so small – there were only eight – the dancers were actually seen.

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Choreographer Pat Burch was one who gained attention, and in 1974 put him in “Over Here”, featuring two of the three Andrews Sisters in World War II and another unknown, John Travolta.

It played a role in “Goodtime Charlie”, a musical about Joan of Arc opposite Joel Gray. The musical was not a success, but it saw theater artists as rinking as a lead performer and not just a member of the chorus.

Her second big break, she said, was in “Dancin ‘in 1978,” because I felt you had to be in an original part and that show had to be a hit. ” The music-and-dance review, directed and choreographed by Foss, lasted for more than three years and received a 1978 Tony performance.

But it was his work on the revival of “Chicago” where Rinking received the most attention. A black indictment of the original, Celebrity and Hawksterism, opened in the summer of 1975 and ran for about 900 performances. Although not in the Opening Night cast, Reinking eventually slipped into the role of Rocky Hart, he ran away with Gwen Verdon, Fosse’s third wife and a dancing ego. In the 1996 revival, which is still on Broadway, Rinking placed Hart’s part in front of Gray and Neuwirth.

Reinking also gained experience – and stayed in shape – replacing stars on the hit show: Donna McKenney in “A Chorus Line”; Gwen Verdon in Fosse’s original “Chicago”; And Debbie Allen’s 1986 revival of “Sweet Charity”.

And he began an eclectic film career – from playing Roy Achievers ‘boyfriend in Foss’s 1979 semi-autobiographical film “All That Jazz” to “Blake Edwards’ Mickey and Maud, the screen version of” Annie.

She performed a musical dance at the Goodman Theater in Chicago about the revival of “Pal Joy” and the first woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, called “Eleanor”. She was on the national tour of “Bye Bye Birdie” opposite Tommy Tune.

“After Eleanor,” the choreograph offering “kept falling into my bag,” Rinking said. She composed the dances for the pre-encores “Chicago” in Long Beach, California with Neuwirth and Juliet Pruve.

Rinking was asked by Phil Collins to sing and perform the song “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins in the 1985 telecast, one of the most telling moments of his career. Lip-syncing as she danced to a bomb-bomb naïve, fog enveloped her.

In recent years, she choreographed “The Look of Love” on Broadway and in the off-Broadway “Here Lies Genie” (2004) directed by Roger Rees, starring Neuwirth. In 2011, he helped choreograph “An Evening with Patty Lupon and Mandy Patinkin” on Broadway.

Reinking also produced a documentary called “In My Hands”, which is about working with children with Marfan’s syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of connective tissue that often leaves its victims with those organs. Gives which are unevenly long. He produced the film “Two Worlds, One Planet” about “high-functioning” autism.

Reinking’s first three marriages ended in divorce. She was married to Peter Talbert since 1994. She is also survived by a son, Christopher, who is diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and autism.

“If heaven is there, I think Bob can look down and be satisfied. He really has an exponential impact on the next generation of choreographers and dancers,” Reinking once said.

“They demanded the best from you and you wanted to give it. So you got better. All the great directors – however, they do that – make you want to be good. I hope I do it. It’s a mother- Father is like being a psychiatrist. A disciplinarian and a friend. You really have to know when to hold them and when to show up. “

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