As a child, I basically thought that Grace Farrell was the most beautiful and amazing woman ever to live. Through the years, I’ve grown to learn that Ann Reinking was more than just the trusted advisor/love interest of Daddy Warbucks. Reinking was a musical theater force to be reckoned with – dancing and singing her way through leads in A Chorus Line, Chicago, Dancin’, Goodtime Charley and Sweet Charity. So amazing is she that after retiring from performing, she choreographed the production that would become the Broadway revival of Chicago and not only won a Tony for that work, she also returned to the stage to reprise the role of Roxie Hart that she played 20 (yes, 20) years earlier. The producers realized that she was simply the best woman for the job. Duh.
Another crazy Reinking fact – she was professionally involved with famed choreographer Bob Fosse, subsequently becoming romantically involved with him for about six years. After they separated romantically, she went on to co-star in the film All That Jazz – a loose autobiography of Fosse – and basically played herself in it – his ex-lover. And……this is what THAT looks like:
So what’s so necessary right about now is some more video proof of her ridiculous dancing ability and incomparable style. This short clip is from a 1982 PBS special:
This is from another TV Special. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SPECIALS LIKE THIS?!
To conclude, this magazine cover exists:
Now that’s what you call a BAD BITCH. Much love, Ms. Reinking. You are a living legend.