Her manager, Lee Gross, said Rinking died on Saturday while visiting the family in Seattle. The cause of death was not revealed.
Honors poured in from the Broadway community, including from Tony Yazbeck, who described her as “an absolute inspiration,” and Leslie Odom, Jr., who thanked Reinking for being a mentor: “I’ve honored the true. RIP call for a legend.” Bernadette Peters took to Twitter to say her heart is broken and Billie Eichner said she is “one of the most charming people I’ve ever seen on stage. A unique genius. RIP.”
Trained as a ballet dancer, Rinking is known for her daring dance style embodied in her work resurrecting Cander and Cap the musical “Chicago”, with mesh socks, chair dancing and lots of pelvic pressure.
Reinking co-starred as Roxie Hart with a Bebe Neuwirth film, and choreographed “the style of Bob Fosse”, the original show manager and choreographer who passed away in 1987. She and Fosse worked together for 15 years and was also a lover of many of them.
Her work in Chicago earned her a Tony Award, 1997 Drama Disc and Otter Circle Critics Circle. Rethinking her choreography has repeated her choreography in productions all over the world – England, Australia, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands and elsewhere. She starred as Margaret Quayle in the latest FX series “Fosse / Verdon”.
The musical was first revived in the concert version of the “Encores” series at City Center in 1996 and then moved to Broadway, where in 2011 it became the second longest running show in Broadway history.
She told the Associated Press in 2011 about the first days of childbirth, “You know how to sometimes hear that a woman goes into labor and after 10 minutes she gives birth to this beautiful baby? You can’t believe it was embodied in such a beautiful way.” Biology.
In 1998, she co-directed the movie “Fosse”, a tribute to the man who had the most influence, both professionally and personally, on her life. He once described her as “one of the best dancers in the modern jazz language.”
Her film credits include “Annie” (1982), “Film, Film” (1978) and the documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom” (2005), which portrayed Reinking as the judge of a New York City children’s dance competition.
Rinking’s career began in Seattle, where she grew up. At first, she wanted to be a ballerina, “like all girls,” she said. As a student, she landed a scholarship in San Francisco with Joffrey Ballet, but in many of the students’ after-hours improvisations, she was just singing and not dancing.
Robert Joffrey has said that with her outgoing personality and other abilities, she should pursue musical theater. “I waited for the tables to provide enough money to get here,” she said of New York City, where she arrived with a return ticket to Seattle and $ 500. You didn’t need a return trip.
“You wouldn’t get into this if you had a guarantee. People who do get into this have a certain sense of great risk,” she said. “You need a breather and when you get it, you better be prepared for it.”
Reinking Break has been commented on many shows. She was in the Broadway band “Coco”, in which Katharine Hepburn starred as Coco Chanel, in 1969, and she was on the “Pippin” chorus in 1972, chosen by her manager and choreographer Fosse. The band was so small – there were only eight – that the dancers were really seen.
Choreographer Pat Birch was one of those who noticed this, and in 1974 put her in “Over Here,” a WWII musical starring two of the Andrews’ Three Sisters and featuring another unknown person, John Travolta.
This led to the title role in “Goodtime Charley,” a musical about Joan of Arc opposite Joel Gray. The musical was not successful, but it did make stage-goers view Reinking as the lead performer rather than just a member of the choir.
She said her other big break was on “Dancin” in 1978, “because I realized that you had to be in the original part and that this show had to be a hit.” Directed and designed by Voss, this was a musical and dance show that ran for more than three years and earned a Tony nomination in 1978.
But it was her work in the Chicago revival where Rinking got the most attention. The original, a grim indictment of celebrities and business practices, opened in the summer of 1975 and hosted around 900 shows. Although it wasn’t opening night, Reinking eventually slipped into the role of Roxie Hart, taking over the part as Gwen Verdon, Fosse’s third wife and ego-altering dance. In the 1996 revival, which is still on Broadway, Reinking kept the part Hart opposite Gray and Newworth.
The rethink also gained experience – and stayed in great shape – by replacing stars on hit shows: Donna McKinney in “A Chorus Line”; Gwen Verdon in Fosse Original “Chicago”; Debbie Allen in the 1986 revival of the Sweet Charity Foundation.
She embarked on an eclectic film career – from playing Roy Scheider’s lover in the 1979 semi-autobiographical film “All That Jazz,” to the screen version of “Annie” to “Mickey and Mood” by Blake Edwards.
She also created dances for the revival of “Pal Joy” at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and a musical for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt called “Eleanor.” She was on a national tour of “Bye By Birdie” opposite Tommy Ton.
After Eleanor, Reinking said that choreography “kept falling into my lap.” She created dances for “Chicago” in Long Beach, California, with Newworth and Juliet Prause.
In one of the most embarrassing moments of her career, Reinking was asked to sing and perform the Oscar-nominated song “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins in the 1985 TV broadcast. She looks back at her lips as she dances in a dirty, cheerful, smog performance.
In recent years, she choreographed the “Look of Love” dance on Broadway and the off-Broadway film Roger Rees directed “Here Lies Jenny” (2004), starring in Neuwirth. In 2011, she helped choreograph “An Evening With Patti Loboni and Mandy Patinkin” on Broadway.
Reinking has also produced a documentary entitled “In My Hands” about working with children with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of connective tissue that often leaves its victims with disproportionately long limbs. She also produced the movie “Two Worlds, One Planet” about “high performance” autism.
Reinking’s first three marriages ended in divorce. Since 1994, she has been married to Peter Talbert. She also survived her son Christopher who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and autism.
Rinking once said, “If there is heaven, I think Bob can look down and be satisfied. He has already had an exponential impact on the next generation of choreographers and dancers.”
“He asked for the best and I wanted to give it. So you got better. All the great directors – however, they do – make you want to be good. I hope I do. It’s like being a parent, a psychiatrist, disciplined and a friend. You really need to know when. You detain them and when do you expose them. “
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