Chorus Line Performers to Share Stories in Out of Line Benefit

News   Chorus Line Performers to Share Stories in Out of Line Benefit Current and previous cast members from the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line are participating in a benefit called Out of Line on April 22 at 8 PM at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

According to press notes, the performers will "share amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes, tell their own personal stories and talk about their journey to Broadway." The performers will perform in any style they desire, including songs (though not songs from A Chorus Line), dances and monologues.

Performers scheduled to appear include David Baum, E. Clayton Cornelious, Natalie Cortez, Mara Davi, Lyndy Franklin, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Tyler Hanes, Lisa Ho, Lorin Latarro, Courtney Lane Mazza, Heather Parcells, Jessica Lea Patty, Alisan Porter, Yuka Takara, Jason Tam, Chryssie Whitehead and Tony Yazbeck.

Musicals Tonight! is presenting the evening as part of its "At This Performance…" series. The musical director-accompanist for the evening will be Eugene Gwozdz, and the host is the series' artistic director, Stephen DeAngelis. The event will benefit Career Transition for Dancers, an arts service organization founded in 1985.

McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street, 3rd Floor. Tickets are $30 each ($10 of every ticket goes to Career Transition for Dancers) and are available at Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com.

* The current Broadway revival of A Chorus Line began previews Sept. 18, 2006, and opened October 5 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The revival is directed by 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.

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

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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