Tony-winning legend and dance icon Ann Reinking died on Saturday, relations confirmed to news outlets on Monday. She was 71.
Family on Ann Reinking said, “The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and delightful soul. Ann was the guts of our family and therefore the lifetime of the party.”
She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she visited sleep and never awakened. we’ll miss her quite we will say. Heaven has the simplest choreographer available now. I’m sure they’re dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we’ll love and miss you always!!!
She was born in Seattle where Reinking trained in ballet but ended up within the chorus lines of the many musicals, including Cabaret and Pippin.
She graduated to steer roles in shows like Goodtime Charley, with Joel Grey. In 1977, she took on her most famous role when she replaced Gwen Verdon in Chicago, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Fosse hired her for Dancin’ and Sweet Charity, and she or he even played a version of herself in Fosse’s film, All That Jazz.
In 1996, She did it once again during a revival she hoped would help audiences “rediscover what theater was.” She won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for her efforts the subsequent year.
A mainstay in Broadway musicals for many years, Reinking was both a muse and lover to Fosse.
That relationship was a pivotal storyline — though somewhat fictionalized — in FX’s recent limited series production, Fosse/Verdon. Fosse was married to Gwen Verdon. Reinking consulted on the project, serving as a private sounding board to actress Margaret Qualley, who portrayed the famous dancer.
Qualley told, “I was nervous because I wanted to try to do right by her,”. “I searched to her for therefore long, was so conversant in her. quite anything, I wanted her to love it. I didn’t even know her yet, but I used to be already brooding about that.”
On Monday, choreographer Christopher Dean, whom Variety reports teach Reinking’s niece, mourned the death of the actress.