Stepping on stage at the Oscars
There was a familiar local presence in the spotlight for Semiahmoo Peninsula viewers of Sunday’s Oscars broadcast.
South Surrey-raised dancer, singer and actor Cody Green was prominently featured in several song and dance interludes during the 85th annual Academy Awards show, including the opening number, in which his hoofing colleagues included Daniel Radcliffe and host Seth MacFarlane.
He was also highly visible among the chorus joining Catherine Zeta-Jones in her steamy reprise of her All That Jazz number from Chicago (2003).
Green moved to Los Angeles last year to concentrate on movie and television work, forsaking a New York-based career that had brought him lead roles in the Broadway and touring versions of West Side Story (directed by Arthur Laurents) and Movin’ Out (directed by Twyla Tharp).
The Earl Marriott graduate, who also attended the Juillard School in New York, was grand prize winner of the Bravo TV Step It Up and Dance competition in 2008.
Green’s mother, Susie Green, internationally known dance and movement teacher and founder of the Crescent Beach-based Joy of Movement Studio told Peace Arch News Green was direct-booked for the Oscars gig by choreographer Rob Ashford, whose Broadway credits include Promises, Promises and How To Succeed In Business.
“He loves Cody!” she said, an assertion borne out by Green’s highlighted status in the Oscars choreography.
Green is also featured in an episode of the locally lensed series Once Upon A Time, which he shot in January during a brief trip home.