Joey McKneely Direction & Choreography
Joey McKneely made his Broadway debut as choreographer in Smokey Joe’s Café, directed by Jerry Zaks (nominated for a Tony Award, NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] Image Award and a Los Angeles Ovation Award).
He also choreographed Cy Coleman’s The Life with Michael Blakemore as director (nominated for a Tony Award in 1997 for Best Choreography and a Outer Critics Circle Award, also for Best Choreography), as well as Wild Party with George C. Wolfe (book and direction) and Michael John LaChiusa (music). Joey McKneely was the director for a national tour of Annie Get Your Gun through the USA.
He directed and choreographed West Side Story based on the original choreography of Jerome Robbins at the La Scala Opera House in Milan. Other theatre work includes Twelfth Night at the Lincoln Centre (directed by Nicholas Hytner), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind (directed by Hal Prince), The Green Heart for the Manhattan Theatre Club, Pal Joey at the City Centre as well as Lucky Guy, A Wonderful Life, Time of Your Life, Juno, The Rink and the tour of Jolson, The Musical.
He choreographed the films I.Q., Closing Notice and Zoolander (directed by and starring Ben Stiller and produced by Scott Rudin). Off-Broadway invited him to direct and choreograph Showtune and The Jerry Herman Songbook.
In the fall of 2003 he returned to Broadway as the choreographer for The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman.