Peggy Hickey, the choreographer that brought Anastasia and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder to the Broadway stage, passed away January 22 after an extended battle with breast cancer. She was 61.
Ms. Hickey was a popular dancer on the regional theatre circuit, known for her long term association with the Sacramento Music Circus before transitioning into work as a choreographer and a director. Working in both film and theatre, Ms. Hickey choreographed The Brady Bunch Movie, and for a host of television programs.
On stage, her work was seen in productions at Goodspeed, Sante Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Lincoln Center (The Most Happy Fella and My Fair Lady), and the Châtelet in Paris (The King & I). In 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer; in the years following her initial diagnosis, she came to Broadway, bringing Anastasia and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder to life in New York and on tour.
Ms. Hickey received nominations from the Astaire Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work on A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and received the Dutch Music Award for Best Choreography for the international tour of Anastasia.
Ms. Hickey is survived by her husband, Tony, and their daughters Molly and Gabriella. Details regarding a public memorial will be shared at a later date.