A five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer, her work has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire Awards. She directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway and in the West End, where it was honored with the 2014 Evening Standard’s Ned Sherrin Award. Also on Broadway and the West End, she directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Other West End productions include Crazy for You (Olivier Award), Oklahoma! (Olivier Award) for the Royal National Theatre, Showboat, and the Tony Award winning musical Contact, which she co-created, directed and choreographed for Lincoln Center Theater. Other Broadway credits include Prince Of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Crazy for You, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Contact, The Frogs, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not, Steel Pier, Big, Picnic. Off-Broadway credits include Dot, Flora the Red Menace, And the World Goes Round, Happiness, and The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac.
She made her Metropolitan Opera debut directing and choreographing The Merry Widow, starring Renée Fleming. She directed and choreographed the new musical Little Dancer for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For ten years she choreographed Madison Square Garden’s annual spectacular A Christmas Carol, directed by Mike Ockrent. She has choreographed ballets for New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Martha Graham Company. Her choreography received an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO presentation Liza – Live from Radio City Music Hall starring Liza Minnelli. She received the American Choreography Award for her work in Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage. She directed and choreographed The Producers: The Movie Musical, nominated for 4 Golden Globes. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.