A Chorus Line Tour Launches "Be the One" Online Competition

News   A Chorus Line Tour Launches "Be the One" Online Competition A Chorus Line fans have the opportunity to win tickets to the national tour when the musical plays Los Angeles May 20.

The national tour, currently playing its premiere engagement at the Denver Center for the Art's Beull Theatre, arrives in Los Angeles May 20-July 6 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The tour producers have created an online competition entitled "Be the One," where contestants may upload video clips, photos or blog about why they deserve to win in their online audition profiles. Seventeen contestants with the highest votes will be invited to a live callback on June 7.

Among the judges for the callback will be Kay Cole – who originated the role of Maggie in the 1975 Broadway premiere of A Chorus Line – as well as Fosse Tony nominees Valarie Pettiford and Jane Lanier; and E! Entertainment Television talent coordinator Claudia Cagan.

Eight contestants will win a prize package that includes tickets to the Los Angeles run of A Chorus Line. One contestant will receive the title of "L.A.'s Singular Sensation" and earn a prize of $500.

The national tour will hold contests in various stops throughout its tour. The selected contestants also have the chance to receive a grand prize of a trip to New York City including airfare and hotel accommodations, tickets to Broadway shows, backstage tours, show merchandise and the opportunity to meet with Broadway cast members. To enter "Be the One" visit www.centertheatregroup.org/audition.

For the national tour, Nikki Snelson stars as Cassie with Michael Gruber, who was seen during the original run of A Chorus Line, as Zach.

The national tour also features Clyde Alves (Mike), Venny Carranza (Roy), John Carroll (Larry), Emily Fletcher (Sheila), Stephanie Gibson (Judy), Michael Gruber (Zach), Natalie Hall (Val), Derek Hanson (Don), Hollie Howard (Maggie), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Mark), Julie Kotarides (Vicki), Denis Lambert (Greg), Jessica Latshaw (Kristine), Ian Liberto (Bobby), Stephanie Martignetti (Tricia), Sterling Masters (Lois), Pilar Millhollen (Bebe), Colt Prattes (Al), Gabrielle Ruiz (Diana), Clifton Samuels (Tom), Kevin Santos (Paul), Brandon Tyler (Frank), Anthony Wayne (Richie), J.R. Whittington (Butch), and Jessica Wu (Connie).

A Chorus Line's swing performers are Colin Bradbury, Erica Mansfield, Rebecca Riker, and Alex Ringler.

The Broadway revival and national tour are produced by John F. Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions.

Tour dates for the award-winning musical currently include:
Los Angeles, CA (May 20-July 6, at the Ahmanson Theatre)
San Francisco, CA (July 8-27, at the Curran Theatre)
Portland, OR (July 29-Aug. 3, at the Keller Auditorium)
Seattle, WA (Aug. 5-10, at the Paramount Theatre)
San Diego, CA (Aug. 12-17, at the Civic Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (Aug. 19-31, a the Orange County PAC)
Tempe, AZ (Sept. 2-7, at ASU's Gammage Auditorium)
Greenville, SC (Oct. 7-12, at the Peace Center)
Boston, MA (Sept. 11-Oct. 1, at the Opera House)
Greenville, SC (Oct. 7-12, at the Peace Center)
Cleveland, OH (Oct. 14-26, at the Palace Theatre)
Toronto, ON (Oct. 28-Nov. 30, at the Canon Theatre)
Baltimore, MD (Dec. 2-14, at the Hippodrome Theatre)
Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 16-Jan. 4, 2009, at the Forrest Theatre)
Raleigh, NC (Jan. 6-11, 2009, at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium)
Detroit, MI (Jan. 13-Feb. 1, 2009, at the Fisher Theatre)
Tampa, FL (Feb. 3-8, 2009, at the Tampa Bay PAC)
Orlando, FL (Feb. 10-15, 2009, at the Carr PAC)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Feb. 16-March 1, 2009, at the Broward Center)
Atlanta, GA (March 3-8, 2009, at the Fox Theatre)
Harford, CT (March 24-29, 2009, at the Bushnell Center)
Providence, RI (March 31-April 5, 2009, at the Providence PAC)
Pittsburgh, PA (April 7-12, 2009, at the Benedum Center)
Chicago, IL (April 14-May 3, 2009, at the Oriental Theatre)
Buffalo, NY (May 5-10, 2009, at Shea's PAC)
St. Louis, MO (May 12-24, 2009, at the Fox Theatre)
Cincinnati, OH (May 26-June 7, 2009, at the Aronoff Center)
Minneapolis, MN (June 16-21, 2009, at the Orpheum Theatre)
Milwaukee, WI (June 23-28, 2009, at the Marcus Center)

A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by the late Edward Kleban.

The design team for the 2006 restaging reunited much of the original creative team, including Robin Wagner (sets), Theoni V. Aldredge (costumes), Natasha Katz and Tharon Musser (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound). Musical direction and supervision is by Patrick Vaccariello, with updated orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Billy Byers and Hershey Kay and vocal arrangements are by Don Pippin.

The original production of A Chorus Line opened at the Public Theater's Newman Theater on May 21, 1975, and transferred to Broadway's Shubert Theatre on July 25. The musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, along with nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990, after 6,137 performances.

The Broadway revival currently plays the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For more information visit www.achorusline.com.

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