We are happy to report that CCM alumnus Josh Prince (BFA, 1996) has been nominated for a Fred and Adele Astaire Award in the category of Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show for his work on the new musical Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. This prestigious award honors excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film.
Prince is the latest in a long line of CCM alumni who have been both nominees and winners of this award:
- In 2002, Justin Bohon (Class of 2000) won the award as Outstanding Male Dancer for his performance as Will Parker in Oklahoma!
- In 2008, Karen Olivo (Class of 1997) received the award for In the Heights followed by a nomination for her performance as Anita in West Side Story in 2009.
- Also in 2009, Kearran Giovanni (Class of 2003) received a nomination for her performance in the revival of Guys and Dolls.
- In 2010, Savannah Wise (Class of 2006) received a nomination for her work in Ragtime.
- In 2012, Ryan Breslin (Class of 2011) was nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show for his work in Newsies.
The 32nd annual Astaire Awards will be presented on June 2 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
About Josh Prince
A 1996 graduate of CCM’s Musical Theatre program, Josh Prince has quickly made a name for himself as a Broadway choreographer. After graduation, he first moved to Los Angeles where he performed in The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short. Next he received a grant from DanceBreak, a high-profile showcase for professional choreographers in NYC, to assemble two pieces. In 2008, he was selected as the choreographer for the new Broadway show Shrek: The Musical, for which he was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography in 2009. In 2010, he choreographed the Kennedy Center Spring Gala. In early 2012, he was in London, setting his original choreography for the West End production of Shrek.
About the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
Established in 1982, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards (formerly known as The Astaire Awards) recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. The award was established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931.