Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949)[1] is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Her extensive work in musical theater includes starring in Broadway productions of Coco (1969), Over Here! (1974), Goodtime Charley (1975), Chicago (1977), Dancin' (1978) and Sweet Charity (1986). In the 1996 revival of Chicago, she reprised the role of Roxie Hart and was also the choreographer, winning the Tony Award for Best Choreography. For the 2000 West End production of Fosse, she won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer. She has also appeared in the films All That Jazz (1979), Annie (1982), and Micki & Maude (1984).

Ann Reinking
Ann Reinking in 2018
Born (1949-11-10) November 10, 1949
OccupationActress, dancer, and choreographer
Years active1962–present
Larry Small
(m. 1970, divorced)

Herbert Allen Jr.
(m. 1982; div. 1989)

James Stuart
(m. 1989; div. 1991)

Peter Talbert
(m. 1994)
Partner(s)Bob Fosse (1972–1978)


Early life

Reinking was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of[1] Frances (née Harrison) and Walter Reinking.[2] She grew up in the suburb of Bellevue.[3] As a child, Reinking began ballet lessons, studying with former Ballets Russes dancers Marian and Illaria Ladre in Seattle.[3]

Reinking made her professional performing debut at the age of 12 in a production of Giselle with the English Royal Ballet.


Reinking moved to New York City at age 18,[4] and danced as a member of the corps de ballet at the Radio City Music Hall, performed in the ensemble of the second national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and at the age of 19 made her Broadway debut in the musical Cabaret. She was a chorus dancer in Coco (1969), Wild and Wonderful (1971), and Pippin (1972).[1] During Pippin, she came to the attention of the show's director and choreographer Bob Fosse. Reinking became Fosse's protégée and romantic partner, an affair that continued even as Fosse was still legally married to (though separated from) Gwen Verdon at the time.

In 1974, Reinking came to critical notice in the role of Maggie in Over Here!, winning a Theatre World Award. She starred as Joan of Arc in Goodtime Charley in 1975, receiving Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical.[1]

In 1976, she replaced Donna McKechnie as Cassie in A Chorus Line; in 1977, she replaced Verdon in the starring role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, a show directed and choreographed by Fosse.[1] In 1978, she appeared in Fosse's revue Dancin', and received another Tony nomination.[5]

In that year, Reinking and Fosse ended their romance and separated.[6][7] They continued to have a professional, creative collaboration. Reinking has acknowledged Fosse as the major influence on her work as a choreographer.

In 1979, Reinking appeared in Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film All That Jazz as Katie Jagger, a role loosely based on her own life and relationship with Fosse.[6][8]

Reinking remained in Hollywood for several years after All That Jazz, and appeared in two more feature films, Annie (as Grace Farrell) and Micki & Maude (as Micki).

In March 1985, Reinking appeared at the 57th Academy Awards to give a mostly lip-synced vocal performance accompanied by a dance routine of the Academy Award-nominated Phil Collins single "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)". The routine was poorly received by critics from the Los Angeles Times and People,[9][10] as well as by Collins himself in a Rolling Stone interview.[11]

In 1986, she returned to Broadway, replacing Debbie Allen in a successful revival of Fosse's production of Sweet Charity.[5] In 1991, she appeared in her first theater production following the birth of her son, the Broadway National Tour of Bye Bye Birdie, costarring Tommy Tune. In 1992 she contributed choreography to Tommy Tune Tonite!, a three-man revue featuring Tune.

Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project, a Florida training program connecting students with seasoned theater professionals, in 1994.[12] In 1995, she choreographed the ABC television movie version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie.[13]

Reinking had retired from performing by this time. In 1996, she was asked to create the choreography "in the style of Bob Fosse" for an all-star four-night-only concert staging of Chicago for City Center's annual Encores! Concert Series. When the producers could not obtain a suitable actress for the role of Roxie Hart, Reinking agreed to reprise the role after almost 20 years.[8] This concert staging of Chicago was a hit, and a few months later the production (in its concert staging presentation) was produced on Broadway, with the Encores! cast: Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton, and Marcia Lewis.[6][14] In November 2016 the revival celebrated its 20th year, and as of at least September 2017 it is the longest-running American musical on Broadway. The revival of Chicago won numerous Tony Awards, and Reinking won the Tony Award for Best Choreography. She recreated her choreography for the 1997 London transfer of Chicago, which starred Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall.[15]

In 1998, she co-created, co-directed and co-choreographed the revue Fosse, receiving a Tony Award co-nomination for Best Direction of a Musical.[16][17] For her work on the West End production of Fosse, Reinking (along with the late Bob Fosse himself) won the 2001 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer.

In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University for her contribution to the arts.[18]

Reinking served as a judge of annual New York City public school dance competitions for inner-city youth, and appeared in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary film about the competition. In 2012, she contributed choreography for the Broadway production of An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.[1] She has served as a member of the advising committee for the American Theatre Wing.

Personal life

Reinking has been married four times, first in 1970 to Larry Small. Following their divorce, she married investment banker Herbert Allen Jr. on August 25, 1982; they divorced in 1989. Next she was married in 1989 to businessman James Stuart, with whom she had one child, son Christopher, before their divorce in 1991. Reinking has been married since 1994 to sportswriter Peter Talbert, and is stepmother to Leslie, Christie, Herbert, and Charlie.[2][19]

As of February 2017, Reinking lives primarily in Phoenix, Arizona.[3][2][20]

Reinking's son Chris has Marfan syndrome, and Reinking works with the Marfan Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. She produced the 2009 documentary In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome.[21]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Ellery Queen Lorelie Farnsworth TV-series episode
1977 The Andros Targets Laura Harper TV-series episode
1978 Movie Movie Troubles Moran
1979 All That Jazz Kate Jagger
1982 Annie Grace Farrell
1984 Micki + Maude Micki Salinger
1987 The Cosby Show Jill Kelly TV-series episode
Broadway Theater
Year Title Role Notes
1969 Cabaret Ensemble[4]
1969 Coco Ensemble
1971 Wild and Wonderful Ensemble
1972 Pippin Ensemble, Catherine understudy
1974 Over Here! Maggie
1975 Goodtime Charley Joan of Arc
1976 A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson (replacement)
1977 Chicago Roxie Hart (replacement)
1978 Dancin' Ensemble
1986 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine (replacement)
1992 Tommy Tune Tonite! "Choreographic contributions by Ann Reinking"
1986 Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine (replacement)
1996 Chicago Roxie Hart "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking"
2001 Fosse Ensemble (replacement) "Conceived, co-directed and co-choreographed by Ann Reinking"
Other Theater
Year Title Role Notes
1965 Bye Bye Birdie Ensemble Seattle Opera House
1968 Fiddler on the Roof Ensemble Broadway National Tour
1975 Girl Crazy[22] Molly Gray The Muny
1976 A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson Broadway National Tour
1982 The Unsinkable Molly Brown[22] Molly Brown The Muny
1988 Pal Joey[23] Melba Snyder; Choreographer Goodman Theatre
1991 Bye Bye Birdie[24] Rose Alvarez Broadway National Tour
1996 Applause[24] Broadway National Tour; "Choreographed by Ann Reinking"
1999 Chicago[24] Roxie Hart (replacement) Broadway National Tour; "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking"
1999 Fosse[24] Ensemble (replacement) "Conceived, co-directed and co-choreographed by Ann Reinking"
2008 Chicago[24] Broadway National Tour; "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking"
2018 Théâtre Mogador; "Choreographed in the style of Bob Fosse by Ann Reinking"[25]


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result Title
1974 Theatre World Award Theatre World Award Won Over Here!
Clarence Derwent Award Most Promising Female Performer Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
1975 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated Goodtime Charley
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
1978 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated Dancin'
1997 Best Choreography Won Chicago
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography Won
Astaire Award Best Female Dancer Won
Best Choreographer Won
1998 Laurence Olivier Award Best Choreography Nominated
1999 Tony Award Best Director Nominated Fosse
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Choreography Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical Nominated
2001 Laurence Olivier Award Best Choreography Won
Helpmann Award Best Choreography Won Chicago


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  4. Shattuck, Kathryn (December 1, 2002). "Dance; Her Career-After-a-Career: Showing the Way". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2017. Within months she had landed on Broadway, moving swiftly from the ensemble of Cabaret to Coco and then Pippin... Note: The Broadway League's Internet Broadway Database (see) does not list her in any role in the 1996-1969 production of Cabaret, including replacement roles.
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