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Equity Honors 'Fela!' Chorus

Broadway musical "Fela!" will receive the Actors Equity Association's fourth annual Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs award for outstanding Broadway chorus, the union announced today. The presentation will be held Sept. 28 at Equity headquarters. "This award was created to acknowledge the enormous talent and contributions members of a chorus make to a Broadway musical," Equity 2nd vice president and Acca chairperson Rebecca Kim Jordon said in a statement.The chorus members of "Fela!" during its opening in November, 2009 will be honored with the award. The original chorus is comprised of Corey Baker, Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren De Veaux, Nicole de Weever, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Raaen-Elijah "Talu" Green, Shaneeka Harrell, Chanon Judson, Abena Koomson, Ismael Kouyate, Gelan Lambert, Jr., Farai M. Malianga, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Adesola A. Osakalumi, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Soto, Jill Marie Vallery, J.L. Williams, Iris L. Wilson, and Aimee Graham Wodobode.The nominated choruses
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'Come Fly Away' Leads Astaire Noms

"Come Fly Away" leads the nominees for this year's Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. The combination of Twyla Tharp's inventiveness and Frank Sinatra's croon prompted seven nominations, more than any other production.The awards will be presented June 7 at a gala the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in New York. Director and choreographer Kenny Ortega is to receive the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening will feature performances by Ronald K. Brown's dance company Evidence; Tony Dovolani of "Dancing With the Stars"; and the Tony-nominated Lee Roy Reams with women who once danced with Astaire. The complete list of nominees is below.Best ChoreographerBill T. Jones, "Fela"Twyla Tharp, "Come Fly Away"Sergio Trujillo, "Memphis"Marcia Milgrom Dodge, "Ragtime" Steven Hoggett, "American Idiot"Best Male DancerCharlie Neshyba-Hodges, "Come Fly Away"Keith Roberts, "Come Fly Away"John Selya, "Come Fly Away"Maksim Chmerkovskiy, "Burn the Floor"Male Ensemble, "Memphis" (Brad Bass,
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