Ann Reinking, dancer, actress, choreographer and Fosse Muse, dies at 71


In New York, Ms. Reinking was a member of the corps de ballet at Radio City Music Hall. Her first Broadway role was in the “Cabaret” ensemble in 1969; she went on to appear in “Coco”, which starred Katharine Hepburn as Coco Chanel, and “Pippin”, which Fosse choreographed.

Ms. Reinking starred as Joan of Arc, alongside Joel Gray, in the short-lived 1975 musical “Goodtime Charley”. The following year, she joined the cast of “A Chorus Line”. She continued to appear in “Dancin ‘”, a musical revue directed and choreographed by Fosse, from 1978 onwards.

At the opening of “Dancin ‘,” Times dance critic Jennifer Dunning wrote that Ms. Reinking had made the leap to replying to the lead roles.

“There was no doubt that Miss Reinking had joined the ranks of the brightest stars on Broadway,” Ms. Dunning wrote. “With her long legs, silky ruffled hair mane and feline intensity, Ms. Reinking stands out in very fast company.

(Fosse said he choreographed part of this show, “Trumpet Solo,” just so he could showcase Ms. Reinking’s leggy extensions.)

“SP. Reinking brings the same crackling, exuberant energy to everything she does, ”Ms. Dunning wrote.

In 1986, Ms. Reinking starred in a cover of “Sweet Charity”. This production also starred Bebe Neuwirth, who went on to star alongside Ms. Reinking as Velma Kelly in the “Chicago” revival.

Before waking up, Ms Reinking said, she had never expected to dance on stage again. But after that, she initially refused to play Roxie. Walter Bobbie, who became the show’s director, persisted.


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