Actors’ Equity Association has announced this year's six nominees for the ACCA Award. Given by the organization’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the award honors chorus performers in Broadway shows.
“The 2022–23 season is the first full year back for Broadway after the pandemic shutdown. It is important to highlight the impact that chorus musicals have on the theatre industry,” said Al Bundonis, second vice president of Actors’ Equity Association and chair of the ACCA. “The goal of this award is to look beyond the caliber of a show’s choreography or music, and focus instead on the actual contribution the chorus makes to the overall production. The chorus actors nominated this year each demonstrates in a unique way the value the chorus brings to the stage.”
To make its selections, ACCA considered the "chorus requirements made by each production’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." Nominators for the ACCA Award are all members of the ACCA and chorus performers themselves. Eligible voters for awarding the honor will include ACCA members, Equity Chorus Councilors, and past recipients of Equity’s Legacy Robe. All voters must see at least five of nominees to vote for the award, which will be presented in July.
Previous recipients include original chorus members of Legally Blonde, In the Heights, West Side Story, Fela!, The Scottsboro Boys, Newsies, Pippin, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, An American in Paris, Shuffle Along, Or The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Once on This Island, and Hadestown. Due to the pandemic, ACCA gave out two special awards in 2022 to recognize choruses of the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 seasons.