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      Kenny Ortega

      Kenny Ortega

      Highest Rated: 90% Descendants (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 29% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016)

      Birthday: Apr 18, 1950

      Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA

      Former music video choreographer and director Kenny Ortega in the 1990s and 2000s made himself the most celebrated choreographer and helmsman of filmed and live musical stage shows in America, choreographing some of most famous dance scenes in film, producing live sports-ceremony extravaganzas and stewarding one of most phenomenal musical drama franchises in history. Ortega arrived on the American film scene portentously working with Gene Kelly on his final feature film, the camp classic "Xanadu" (1980), and went on to create the smoldering dance scenes in "Dirty Dancing," direct Disney features and episodic TV, produce Super Bowl halftimes and Olympic ceremonies, and partner with Michael Jackson on his envelope-pushing stage shows. In 2006, he produced and directed The Disney Channel's ballyhooed "High School Musical" (2006), whose two sequels would set home-video and even box-office sales records. In the summer of 2009, he was working again with Jackson on his much anticipated "This Is It" comeback tour when the singer died suddenly, after which Ortega produced and directed "This Is It" (2009), a documentary made from the footage of their tour preparations. A creative link between the experimental rock stage shows of the 1970s and the dazzling multimedia entertainments of arena rock; of entertainment and sports; of classic Hollywood musicals and early 21st Century teen culture, Ortega arguably became one of the most influential pop culture purveyors in show business. Throughout, Ortega became synonymous with music on television, directing episodes of music- and dance-oriented series like "Bunheads" (ABC Family 2012-13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (CW 2015- ) as well as special events like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again" (Fox 2016).

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      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Into...The Movies With Derek and Julianne Hough Self - 2022
      78% 65% Descendants 3 Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2019
      71% 70% Disney's Descendants 2 Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2017
      29% 25% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Director - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El show de terror de Rocky Director - 2016
      90% 66% Descendants Director - 2015
      81% 82% Michael Jackson's This Is It Self,
      Director,
      Producer
      $71.8M 2009
      64% 72% High School Musical 3: Senior Year Director,
      Executive Producer
      $90.6M 2008
      83% 72% High School Musical 2 Director - 2007
      57% 61% The Cheetah Girls 2 Director - 2006
      65% 74% High School Musical Director - 2006
      38% 72% Hocus Pocus Director $4.8M 1993
      39% 88% Newsies Director $2.7M 1992

      TV

      Credit
      93% 98% Julie and the Phantoms Executive Producer 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2017
      98% 84% Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Director 2016
      No Score Yet 62% So You Think You Can Dance Judge 2013
      100% 93% Bunheads Director 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High School Musical: Get in the Picture Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      86% 86% Gilmore Girls Director 2002-2006
      No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director
      1998-1999