Former Chorus Line Star Will Direct and Choreograph Tony-Winning Musical at Surflight; Casting Announced

News   Former Chorus Line Star Will Direct and Choreograph Tony-Winning Musical at Surflight; Casting Announced
Mitzi Hamilton, who served as the inspiration for the character of Val in Michael Bennett's A Chorus Line, will direct and choreograph that Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Surflight Theatre in New Jersey. Performances will begin Aug. 27.

Mitzi Hamilton
Mitzi Hamilton Photo by Monica Simoes

Hamilton was one of the dancers in Bennett's original developmental workshop, and she also performed the role of Val in the original London company and later on Broadway.

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

The cast will feature Grant Thomas Zabielski as Zach, Jena VanElslander as Cassie, Gabriella Sorrentino as Diana, Alissa LaVergne as Sheila, Robb Gibbs as Greg, Kevin Curtis as Richie, Brian Martin as Bobby, Brittany Santos as Judy, Alexander Cruz as Paul, Kara Krichman as Val, Patrick Graver as Mark, Amelia Millar as Maggie, Patrick Roberts as Larry, Christina Laschuk as Kristine, Michael Pilato as Al, Joseph Consiglio as Mike, Amanda Lynn Fannon as Bebe, Nicole Calabrese as Lois, Timothy-Michael Chastain as Roy, Shannon Garahan as Tricia and Nicole Vernarec as Nikki.

Performances will continue through Sept. 14.

The creative team includes Jessica Lee Goldyn (assistant choreographer), Nicholas Kaminski (music director/conductor), Benjamin Weill (lighting design), Stacey Jeungling (costume coordination), Mark Keeler (sound design) and Liz Ann Howell (production stage manager). Gateway Playhouse provides scenic design, and costumes are by Scaramouche and Costume World.

A Chorus Line is described as "the musical for everyone who has ever put it all on the line in pursuit of their dreams." The original New York production was co-choreographed by Bob Avian.

Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Avenue in historic Beach Haven, NJ. For more information and tickets, call (609) 492-9477 or visit

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