Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions.

Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Choreography
Awarded forOutstanding Choreography
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held byWarren Carlyle for Kiss Me, Kate (2019)

† – indicates the performance also won the Tony Award
‡ – indicates the performance was nominated but did not win the Tony Award

Winners and nominees


Year Choreographer Production
Grover Dale Billy


Year Choreographer Production
Ron Field Applause
Michael Bennett Follies
Donald Saddler No, No, Nanette
Patricia Birch Grease
Jean Erdman Two Gentlemen of Verona
Bob Fosse Pippin
Patricia Birch Candide
George Faison The Wiz
Dennis Denehy The Lieutenant
Roger Morgan Saturday, Sun, Moon
Donald Saddler Good News
Margo Sappington Where's Charley?
Michael Bennett A Chorus Line
Patricia Birch Pacific Overtures
Donald Saddler The Robber Bridegroom
Billy Wilson Bubbling Brown Sugar
Peter Gennaro Annie
Patricia Birch Music Is
Dan Siretta Going Up
Bob Fosse Dancin'
Arthur Faria Ain't Misbehavin'
Geoffrey Holder Timbuktu!
Tommy Tune The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Bob Avian and Michael Bennett Ballroom
Larry Fuller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Henry LeTang and Billy Wilson Eubie!
Dan Siretta Tip-Toes


Year Choreographer Production
Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
Larry Fuller Evita
Mary Kyte Tintypes
Joe Layton Barnum
Gower Champion 42nd Street
Graciela Daniele The Pirates of Penzance
1982 N/A
Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh My One and Only
Peter Martins and Donald Saddler On Your Toes
1984 N/A
1985 N/A
Bob Fosse Big Deal
Gene Kelly and Twyla Tharp Singin' in the Rain
Peter Martins Song and Dance
1987 N/A
Michael Smuin Anything Goes
Grover Dale Mail
Gillian Lynne The Phantom of the Opera
1989 N/A


Year Choreographer Production
Tommy Tune Grand Hotel
Tommy Tune The Will Rogers Follies
Michael Lichtefeld The Secret Garden
Dan Siretta Oh, Kay!
Susan Stroman And the World Goes 'Round
Susan Stroman Crazy for You
Hope Clarke, Gregory Hines and Ted L. Levy Jelly's Last Jam
Christopher Chadman Guys and Dolls
Michael Leeds Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
Wayne Cilento The Who's Tommy
Niarupama Nityanandan, Catherine Schaub and Simon Abkarian Les Atrides
Luis Stazo Tango Pasion
Jane Elliott and Kenneth MacMillan Carousel
Jeff Calhoun Grease
Graciela Daniele Hello Again
Rob Marshall She Loves Me
Matt West Beauty and the Beast
1995 N/A
Savion Glover Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk
Graciela Daniele Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Ghettoriginal Productions Jam on the Groove
Kathleen Marshall Swinging on a Star
Susan Stroman Big: the musical
Ann Reinking Chicago
Dein Perry Tap Dogs
Susan Stroman Steel Pier
Garth Fagan The Lion King
Graciela Daniele Ragtime
The Forever Tango Dancers Luis Bravo's Forever Tango
Rob Marshall Cabaret
Matthew Bourne Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Patricia Birch Parade
Rob Marshall Little Me


Year Choreographer Production
Susan Stroman Contact
Jody Abrahams and Loukmaan Adams Kat and the Kings
Mark Dendy The Wild Party
Kathleen Marshall Kiss Me, Kate
Susan Stroman The Music Man
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Swing!
Susan Stroman The Producers
John Carrafa Urinetown
Jerry Mitchell The Full Monty
The Rocky Horror Show
Randy Skinner 42nd Street
Susan Stroman Oklahoma!
Rob Ashford Thoroughly Modern Millie
Christopher Wheeldon Sweet Smell of Success
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out
Jerry Mitchell Hairspray
Ken Roberson Harlem Song
Tommy Tune Tommy Tune: White Tie and Tails
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town
Stephen Hues Ramayana 2K3
Jerry Mitchell Never Gonna Dance
Anthony Van Laast and Farah Khan Bombay Dreams
Jerry Mitchell La Cage aux Folles
Matthew Bourne Play Without Words
Christopher Gattelli Altar Boyz
Barry McNabb Sailor's Song
Jerry Mitchell Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Casey Nicholaw Monty Python's Spamalot
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game
Rob Ashford The Wedding Singer
Angela Chang Golden Dragon Acrobats
Graciela Daniele Bernarda Alba
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
Sergio Trujillo Jersey Boys
Andy Blankenbuehler In the Heights
Patricia Birch LoveMusik
Matthew Bourne Edward Scissorhands
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear Mary Poppins
Bill T. Jones Spring Awakening
Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde
Rob Ashford Cry-Baby
Karole Armitage Passing Strange
Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider Traces
Dan Knechtges Xanadu
Peter Pucci Queens Boulevard: The Musical
Susan Stroman Young Frankenstein
Peter Darling Billy Elliot the Musical
Karole Armitage Hair
Andy Blankenbuehler 9 to 5
Bill T. Jones Fela!
Randy Skinner Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Shonn Wiley My Vaudeville Man!


Year Choreographer Production
Twyla Tharp Come Fly Away
Warren Carlyle Finian's Rainbow
Marcia Milgrom Dodge Ragtime
Lynne Page La Cage aux Folles
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys
Sergio Trujillo Memphis
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett Beautiful Burnout
Steven Hoggett Peter and the Starcatchers
Casey Nicholaw The Book of Mormon
Siudy Between Worlds
Christopher Gattelli Newsies
Rob Ashford Evita
Warren Carlyle Follies
Breandan de Gallal Noctu
Kathleen Marshall Nice Work If You Can Get It
Sergio Trujillo Leap of Faith
Chet Walker and Gypsy Snyder Pippin
Andy Blankenbuehler Bring It On: The Musical
Warren Carlyle A Christmas Story: The Musical
Peter Darling Matilda the Musical
Josh Rhodes Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Sergio Trujillo Hands on a Hardbody
Warren Carlyle After Midnight
Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine Rocky the Musical
Danny Mefford Love's Labour's Lost
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Susan Stroman Bullets Over Broadway
Sonya Tayeh Kung Fu
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse On the Town
Warren Carlyle On the Twentieth Century
Steven Hoggett The Last Ship
Austin McCormick Rococo Rouge
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
Savion Glover Shuffle Along
Joshua Bergasse Cagney
Spencer Liff Spring Awakening
Lynne Page American Psycho
Randy Skinner Dames at Sea
Andy Blankenbuehler Bandstand
Warren Carlyle Hello, Dolly!
Aletta Collins The Hairy Ape
Kelly Devine Come from Away
Denis Jones Holiday Inn
Justin Peck Carousel
Camille A. Brown Once on This Island
Christopher Gattelli SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw Mean Girls
Nejla Y. Yatkin The Boy Who Danced on Air
Warren Carlyle Kiss Me, Kate
Camille A. Brown Choir Boy
Denis Jones Tootsie
Lorin Latarro Twelfth Night
Rick and Jeff Kuperman Alice by Heart
David Neumann Hadestown

Multiple wins

See also


  • "Drama Desk Award for Choreography". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
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