Friday, December 3, 2010

Hinton Battle

Hinton Battle (born on November 29, 1956 in Neubrücke, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany) is a singer, actor, choreographer, and dancer.

Before starting his short-lived music career, Hinton started his career as an actor in television, movies, and most recognizably, musicals in which he won 3 Tony Awards.
In 1986, Hinton signed to Quest Records and released his only album “Untapped." The album was produced by John Brown who had seen him perform in the musical version of “Dreamgirls” and another musical “The Tap Dance Kid.” 
The only single released from the album was “Super Cautious Girl.” It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.

John had originally tried to sign Hinton to MCA Records, but when it didn’t work out, they signed to Quest Records instead.

In order to promote his album, Hinton turned down two musicals, but the album didn’t seem to attract commercial success.

After that, Hinton continued to act, dance, and choreograph. Hinton choreographed promos for Warner Brothers, commercials for Coca-Cola, Chicago The Millie and New York Top Appliances, and even served as an associate choreographer on the 65th and 66th Annual Academy Awards with Debbie Allen.

Hinton was also the co-director and choreographer of the off-Broadway musical “Evil Dead: The Musical." He also choreographed the musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" entitled "Once More, With Feeling."

He even created a dance form called Swop which is swing and hip-hop combined, and it was performed on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2006. During that same year, Hinton starred in the movie version of “Dreamgirls.”

In 2007, Hinton was nominated for the Lucille Lortel award for "Outstanding Choreographer" for "Evil Dead: The Musical" which he also co-directed.

To see a fan-made video for "Super Cautious Girl," go to:

[updated on 07/31/13]

1 comment:

Deb said...

Don't forget that he was in Buffy The Vampire Slayer's musical episode, "Once More, With Feeling" as the Demon "Sweet."

And he played John on Broadway in the original U.S. cast of "Miss Saigon."