A Chorus Line Welcomes a New Al July 3

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A new dancer steps up to the line today when Kevin Worley takes over the role of Al in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. Kevin Worley will don the famous TKTS t-shirt, formerly worn by Tony Yazbeck.

Kevin Worley
Kevin Worley

Yazbeck is currently rehearsing for the highly anticipated City Center presentation of Gypsy starring Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone. As Tulsa for the City Center production, Yazbeck will perform Jerome Robbins' signature choreography for "All I Need Is the Girl" under the direction of Arthur Laurents.

A Chorus Line newcomer, Kevin Worley's credits include the 2001 revival of 42nd Street, the Las Vegas production of Spamalot as well as White Christmas and the Kennedy Center production of Mame.

In addition to Yazbeck's departure, A Chorus Line is set to welcome a slew of new cast members within the next month.

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The Broadway revival of A Chorus Line opened Oct. 5, 2006, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The production recouped its initial investment of $8 million 19 weeks after opening night, after 157 performances and 18 previews. The musical received two Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Revival of a Musical and the other for actress d'Amboise. The musical's director is Bob Avian, who co-choreographed the original production with its director, the late Michael Bennett. For the revival, Baayork Lee re-staged the original choreography.

The design team reunites 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).

A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by the late Edward Kleban, who later became the subject of the Broadway show A Class Act.

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.

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