He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography five times, and has won three times: for Bandstand, Hamilton and In the Heights. Blankenbuehler's other Broadway choreography work includes 9 to 5, Bring it On: The Musical, and the 2016 Cats revival.
As a performer, he has appeared on Broadway in many musicals, from Guys and Dolls to Fosse.
His Broadway work as a choreographer includes the musicals In the Heights and 9 to 5. He won the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his choreography for In the Heights. Other New York work includes choreography for the Broadway By The Year: 1930, 1938 and 1978 series, and the City Center Encores! productions of The Apple Tree and The Wiz. He is the director and choreographer of Bring It On: The Musical, written by Jeff Whitty, with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green, which premiered at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, in January 16, 2011. This production also performed at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles where Blankenbuehler won the 2011 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography.
Additionally, Blankenbuehler choreographed the Frank Wildhorn world premiere production of Waiting for the Moon. The show featured 6 full-length dance sequences, including one that lasted over 10 minutes. He was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Choreographing the show.
Blankenbuehler has choreographed for Bette Midler and directed, choreographed and co-conceived the production Nights On Broadway at Caesars Palace.
He choreographed the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie. He is the choreographer for the musical Hamilton, both Off-Broadway and on Broadway. He received a special 2015 Drama Desk Award for Hamilton. The award was described: "For his inspired and heart-stopping choreography in Hamilton, which is indispensable to the musical's storytelling. His body of work is versatile, yet a dynamic and fluid style is consistently evident. When it's time to 'take his shot,' Blankenbuehler hits the bull's-eye." His choreography for Hamilton won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2016.
He is both directing and choreographing a new musical, Bandstand, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey) in October 2015. The music is by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker. He directed and choreographed a developmental lab of this musical in August and September 2014, then titled Bandstand: A Musical.
As of 2016, Blankenbuehler is choreographing the revival of the movie Dirty Dancing starring Abigail Breslin and Shane Harper. He is also choreographed the revival of the Broadway musical Cats with previews beginning July 14 and an August 2 opening.
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