Christopher Gattelli in 2018
Christopher Gattelli in 2018

Christopher Gattelli is an American choreographer, performer and theatre director.

Early life and career

Gattelli grew up in Bristol, Pennsylvania. He started dancing at the age of 11 and is a "Star Search" Grand champion.[1] As a performer, he appeared in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Revival) and the role of Pouncival in Cats.[2]


Gattelli has choreographed several special benefit concerts, including Chess (2003), Hair (also co-director, Actor's Fund, 2004),[3] and "Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser" (also directed, Actors Fund, October 2009).[4]

His work as choreographer for Broadway includes Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (2006), High Fidelity (2006), The Ritz (2007), Sunday in the Park with George (Revival, 2008), South Pacific (2008), 13 (2008), "Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," "Godspell," Newsies (2012), and the 2015 revival of The King and I.[2]

His Off-Broadway choreographic work includes Adrift in Macao (2007, also Philadelphia, PA 2005), How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes (also director, 2006), I Love You Because (2006), Altar Boyz (2005), tick, tick...BOOM, Dogfight and Bat Boy: The Musical (2001).[5] In regional theatre he is the choreographer for The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey, 2005), Tom Jones (2004), tick, tick...BOOM! (2004, also London Fringe, 2005), Me and My Girl, and O. Henry's Lovers (Goodspeed Opera House, 2003). He directed Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at The Goodspeed Opera House, Connecticut in 2008, and choreographed Julie Andrews' The Great American Mousical there in 2012.[6][7] His production of The Jungle Book played the Goodman Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company in 2013. He is the director of the musical spoof SILENCE! The Musical, which ran in 2005 at NYCFringe and is scheduled to open in London in January 2010.[8] Other West End and London credits include South Pacific and Sunday In the Park With George.[9] He is in charge of musical staging for Little Miss Sunshine.[10]

He collaborated with Stephen Flaherty on the world premiere of In Your Arms, which he directed and choreographed for the New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater at Vassar in 2014. He is directing and choreographing In Your Arms for a production at the Old Globe Theatre in September 2015.[9]

Gattelli directed and choreographed the Spring 2014 lab of RKO's Top Hat in New York.[11] This is a new version of the 2011 stage version that ran in London and the UK, and is being worked on by Gatelli and Chad Beguelin. The production "is still several seasons off", according to Gatelli in January 2017.[12]

His choreography can also be seen in the Coen brothers feature Hail Caesar!.[9]

He was the resident choreographer for The Rosie O'Donnell Show.[13]


Gattelli was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography for South Pacific and won the award in 2012 for Newsies. His Newsies choreography also won him the Outer Critics Circle Award.[9] He won the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Choreography for Altar Boyz. He won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreographer for Altar Boyz and Bat Boy: The Musical.

Personal life

He is openly gay.[14]


  1. ^ Gattelli biography, retrieved December 29, 2009
  2. ^ a b "Christopher Gattelli Broadway", accessed September 17, 2015
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew."Hair Concert Stars to Make "Splash"y Appearance; Cast Continues to Grow", September 10, 2004
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Larsen, Bolton, Kuhn to Join Actors Fund Concert of Loesser Music at Minskoff" Archived 2009-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, October 19, 2009
  5. ^ "Gattelli listing at Internet Off-Broadway Database" Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved December 29, 2009
  6. ^ "Gatelli credits", retrieved December 29, 2009
  7. ^ "Biography" Archived 2009-05-16 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved December 29, 2009
  8. ^ "Listing", retrieved December 29, 2009
  9. ^ a b c d "'In Your Arms'", 2015
  10. ^ "'Little Miss Sunshine'"
  11. ^ Top Hat Playbill
  12. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Broadway-Aimed Irving Berlin Musical 'Top Hat' Moving Forward" Playbill, January 18, 2017
  13. ^ Profile, retrieved December 29, 2009
  14. ^ Bienskie, Stephen (July 21, 2011). "Follow Spot: Buffalo Bill, Won't You Come Out Tonight?". Broadway Stars (Interview). Interviewed by Michael Portantiere. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013.