Joey McKneely was first introduced to West Side Story by Jerome Robbins himself, when he danced in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. He was then chosen to direct and reproduce his choreography for West Side Story at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy, his directorial debut. Since then, his productions of West Side Story have been produced throughout the world, including two sold out runs at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London where it was nominated for an Olivier award for Best Revival.
On Broadway, Joey’s choreographic debut was Smokey Joe’s Café, followed by The Life, Twelfth Night at Lincoln Centre, The Wild Party, The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman and the revival of West Side Story.
He has earned nominations including a Tony Award nomination, two Outer Critics Circle Nominations, a NAACP Image Award, and a LA Ovation Award.
He has directed/choreographed US national tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy for You, & Smokey Joe’s Café, the new Shiki production of West Side Story in Tokyo, Japan, the world premieres of Love U, Teresa and Ah! Kuling! In China, Evita and Dusty in London, and his new Broadway musical, Josephine at Asolo Rep Theatre.