Every year Dancers over 40 honors a number of dancers and choreographers who are truly “Singular Sensations,” having had remarkable careers and influence on the dance community. This year I was lucky enough to volunteer as an usher for the event held at the super-funky Lips Restaurant. The presentation started with video footage of the honorees and then led into speeches by Chita Rivera, Leni Anders, Dennis Grimaldi, Billy Goldenberg, Kim Jordan, Donna McKechnie, Leslie Uggams, and Ken Urmston.
After hearing those speeches, I had never wanted to be a dancer so badly in my life. I was so inspired by the talent and The DO40 Legacy Awards honor the legacy, history, and lives of some truly amazing individuals. What’s more, honorees are nominated by their own peers in the dance community. Congratulations to all of the 2012 honorees!
The 2012 Legacy Award Honorees
Norma Dogget-Bezwick – Norma was an original Jack Cole dancer and one of the brides in the 1954 movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Larry Fuller – Larry choreographed such Broadway musicals as “Sweeney Todd,” “On the Twentieth Century,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “A Doll’s Life,” and “Evita.”
Carol Lawrence – Carol was the original Maria in “West Side Story” on Broadway. She has performed in such shows as “Kiss of the Spiderwoman,” “Funny Girl,” “Sugar Babies,” “Sweet Charity,” “The Sound of Music,” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
George Marcy – George has worked with some of the greatest directors and choreographers including Jack Cole, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Larry Fuller, Agnes De Mille, Gower Champion, Danny Daniels, Joe Layton, Grover Dale, Vincent Minelli, and Cyril Richard.
Lee Roy Reams – The New York Times named Lee Roy “Broadway’s song and dance man nonpareil.” He performed leading roles on Broadway in shows like “The Producers,” “42nd Street,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hello Dolly!,” “La Cage,” “Oklahoma!,” and “Sweet Charity.”