Broadway Star & Fosse Muse Ann Reinking Passes Away At Age 71

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Reinking in ALL THAT JAZZ

Broadway star, Ann Reinking passed away at the age of 71 years-old. Her death on Saturday was announced by a family friend on social media.

Reinking starred in the original production of CHICAGO, won a Tony Award as its choreographer and also co-starred in the films ANNIE and ALL THAT JAZZhas died. She was known to be a muse to Bob Fosse himself.

Reinking portrayed Roxie Hart in the 1996 Main Stem production of Chicago, starring opposite Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly and Joel Grey as Amos Hart. She also won a Tony for choreographing the show. 

Before Chicago, Reinking was already on the Broadway stage as a replacement in ther 1960s run of CABARET.

She went onto appear in the original 1972 production of PIPPIN before landing a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for GOODTIME CHARLEY (1975). She also earned Featured Actress in a Musical nom for 1978’s DANCIN'.

Reinking returned as the co-director and co-choreographer of FOSSE (1999) before choreographing THE LOOK OF LOVE. 

Reinking also co-starred in Bob Fosse’s Best Picture Oscar-nominated All That Jazz, starring Roy Scheider and Jessica Lange, and played Grace in John Huston’s 1982 big-screen musical adaptation of Annie, with Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Currry and young Aileen Quinn.

Her TV credits include Ellery Queen and a final screen appearance on The Cosby Show. 

Reinking's son Chris has Marfan syndrome, and Reinking worked with the Marfan Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. She produced the 2009 documentary In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome.

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