JOSHUA BERGASSE is the Emmy Award-winning choreographer for NBC’s musical drama SMASH, and received a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nomination as well as the Astaire Award for his choreography of ON THE TOWN. Josh is currently choreographing the upcoming musical JOY headed for Broadway, which will premiere at the George Street Playhouse in December. He also choreographed the musical CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Tony Drama Desk, OCC noms, Astaire Award), directed by Jack O’Brien and produced by Warner Bros, as well as GIGI on Broadway.
Josh directed and choreographed the New York premiere of the re-imagined production of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ. He also choreographed SWEET CHARITY (Chita Rivera Award, Lortel nom) starring Sutton Foster and won the prestigious CHITA RIVERA AWARD for excellence in choreography. Josh has also choreographed a variety of musicals, including CAGNEY (Drama Desk, OCC, Astaire noms, Callaway Finalist), the premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at The Old Globe; THE HONEYMOONERS at Papermill Playhouse; the Off-Broadway production of “Bomb-Itty of Errors”; the national and international tours of “Fame the Musical”; “West Side Story” at the Stratford Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Fulton Theatre and North Carolina Theatre; “The Royal Family of Broadway”, “Guys and Dolls,” “Carousel,” “The World Goes Round” at Barrington Stage Company, and many others.
Josh’s choreography has been featured on MONSTERLAND on Hulu, JESSICA JONES for Netflix, the feature film GROWN UPS 2 with Adam Sandler, and the PBS special A CAPITOL FOURTH. He directed and choreographed the PBS special THE KENNEDY CENTER AT 50. Josh has choreographed multiple times for Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Most recently Josh choreographed HAWKEYE, the series on Disney+.
At Carnegie Hall, his credits as a choreographer include “Candide”, “The Sound of Music” and “Guys and Dolls”. He choreographed the televised special “Sinatra: Voice for a Century” with the NY Philharmonic at The Lincoln Center, “American Songbooks: Fascinatin’ Rhythm” also at Lincoln Center. Josh was chosen to help celebrate Bernstein’s 100th birthday by staging “On The Town” for the National Symphony in DC and on the famous INTREPID, and “West Side Story” for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.
Josh is a New York-based choreographer as well as a master teacher and has been a member of the Broadway Dance Center (BDC) faculty since 1998. Josh is also the artistic director for the Musical Theater Performance Project at BDC. He has been a guest artist at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, Indiana University, James Madison University, Shenandoah University, Kean University, Creighton University and the University of California Satellite Program.
Upcoming Broadway projects include the new musicals A Crossing, which was previously produced at Barrington Stage, Smash- A New Musical, and Joy – the life of Joy Mangano based on the film of the same name.
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