Ann Reinking, Dancer, Actor, Choreographer and Fosse Muse, Dies at 71
In New York, Ms. Reinking was a member of the corps de ballet at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor. Her first Broadway function was within the ensemble of “Cabaret” in 1969; she went on to seem in “Coco,” which starred Katharine Hepburn as Coco Chanel, and “Pippin,” which Fosse choreographed.
Ms. Reinking starred as Joan of Arc, reverse Joel Gray, within the short-lived 1975 musical “Goodtime Charley.” The following yr, she joined the solid of “A Refrain Line.” She went on to seem in “Dancin’,” a musical revue directed and choreographed by Fosse, beginning in 1978.
When “Dancin’” opened, The Occasions’s dance critic Jennifer Dunning wrote that Ms. Reinking had efficiently made the leap from the refrain line to main roles.
“There may very well be little doubt that Miss Reinking had joined the ranks of Broadway’s brightest stars,” Ms. Dunning wrote. “Together with her lengthy legs, mane of silky, flying hair and feline depth, Ms. Reinking is a standout in some very quick firm.”
(Fosse stated that he had choreographed one a part of that present, “Trumpet Solo,” simply so he may characteristic Ms. Reinking’s leggy extensions.)
“Ms. Reinking brings the identical crackling, exuberant power to no matter she does,” Ms. Dunning wrote.
In 1986, Ms. Reinking starred in a revival of “Candy Charity.” That manufacturing additionally featured Bebe Neuwirth, who went on to carry out reverse Ms. Reinking as Velma Kelly within the “Chicago” revival.
Forward of the revival, Ms. Reinking stated, she had by no means anticipated to bop onstage once more. However after she at first stated no to taking part in Roxie. Walter Bobbie, who turned the present’s director, persevered.
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