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Simulcast ILS 2019 – Rob Ashford, February 18 @ 4:30 pm
February 18, 2019 @ 4:30 pm$70. – $80.
Simulcast Presentation in Leonhardt Auditorium – Award-winning stage director and choreographer
A Life of Opening Nights
Rob Ashford is an award-winning American stage director and choreographer. He is a Tony Award© , Olivier Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner. He has worked extensively on Broadway productions, on television and the movies with a long list of the hottest celebrities. From New York to London to Hollywood, Ashford has established himself as one of the world’s most sought after choreographers and stage directors. Find out what it’s like to work with entertainment’s créme de la créme. Ashford will share some of the greatest highs and lows of his career and the most memorable moments! Get a backstage pass and discover exactly what it takes to create an award-winning production.
Rob Ashford got his start on Broadway in 1987 in the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes. On his first time out as chief choreographer, for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002, Ashford won the Tony Award for Best Choreography and a nomination from the Drama Desk for Outstanding Choreography. Since then, every Broadway show he as choreographed has had a Tony© nomination: The Wedding Singer (2006) which also won a nomination for the Drama Desk Award; Curtains (2007); Cry-Baby (2008); which also won the Drama Desk Award, the Fred Astaire Awards, and the Outer Critics Circle Award; and Promises, Promises (2010), which Ashford also directed.
Ashford has worked extensively in Europe, especially London’s West End: he won Olivier Award nominations for his work in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003), Guys and Dolls (2005), and Evita (2006).
On screen, Ashford staged the musical numbers for Beyond the Sea (2004), and on television has staged tributes to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbara Streisand for The Kennedy Center Honors. In 2009 he won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Choreography (Hugh Jackman and Beyonce Knowles, dancers) for the 81st Academy Awards© .