Ann Reinking dead: Broadway legend who starred in Chicago dies at 71
Broadway actress and choreographer Ann Reinking has sadly died at the age of 71, her manager has confirmed
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Broadway star Ann Reinking has died at the age of 71.
The actress and choreographer, known for starring in musical Chicago, died on Saturday while visiting family in Seattle.
Her sister-in-law confirmed the sad news that she had died in her sleep. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
Her family said in a statement: “The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party.
“She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she went to sleep and never woke up. We will miss her more than we can say. Heaven has the best choreographer available now. I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we will love and miss you always!!!”
Ann was well-known across America for starring in Broadway shows and as a Tony-winning choreographer. She was also the muse of late choreographer Bob Fosse.
She was born in Seattle in 1949 and went on to train as a ballet dancer.
She made her debut on stage at a young age and was clearly destined for big things.
She landed one of her first roles at age 19, starring as a Kit Kat Girl in the original 1960s staging of Cabaret.
From then on, she became a regular on the Broadway stage, starring in Coco in 1968, Over Here! in 1974, the 1975 production of Goodtime Charley, in 1978’s Dancin’ and in Sweet Charity in 1986.
After a long career on the stage, Ann turned her hand to directing.
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