Beautiful Wins Actors' Equity Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus
By Andrew Gans
Actors' Equity Association announced June 11 that the Tony-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will receive the eighth annual “ACCA” Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus.
Presented by Equity’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award, according to press notes, is "the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical."
The winners of the 2014 ACCA Award — all of whom were part of the Beautiful chorus on the musical’s Jan. 12 Broadway opening night — are Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Josh Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender J. Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd and Melvin Tunstall.
The award will be presented June 17 at 4 PM during Equity’s National Council meeting in New York.
In reviewing the chorus of each Broadway musical that opened during the 2013-14 theatrical season, ACCA considered "the chorus requirements made by each show’s director, choreographer and musical director; the caliber of technical skill used to execute those requirements; and the unique contributions made by the entire chorus to the overall production."
Past Broadway chorus recipients of the ACCA Award are Legally Blonde (2007), In the Heights (2008), West Side Story (2009), Fela! (2010), The Scottsboro Boys (2011), Newsies (2012) and Pippin (2013).
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