Hello, 500: A Chorus Line Revival Hits Milestone Performance Jan. 4

News   Hello, 500: A Chorus Line Revival Hits Milestone Performance Jan. 4 The Broadway revival of Michael Bennett's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, A Chorus Line, plays its 500th performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Jan. 4.

Jeffrey Schecter in A Chorus Line
Jeffrey Schecter in A Chorus Line Photo by Paul Kolnik

Michael Bennett's original 1975 production – restaged by Bob Avian and Baayork Lee – opened at the Schoenfeld on Oct. 5, 2006, following a six-week run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by the late Edward Kleban.

The 2006 revival received two Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Revival of a Musical and the other for actress Charlotte d'Amboise in the role of Cassie.

The current cast features Nick Adams (Larry), Michael Berresse (Zach), Natalie Cortez (Diana), Charlotte d'Amboise (Cassie), Jessica Lee Goldyn (Val), Deidre Goodwin (Sheila), Michael Gruber (Greg), Bryan Knowlton (Paul), James T. Lane (Richie), Melissa Lone (Maggie), J. Elaine Marcos (Connie), Paul McGill (Mark), Heather Parcells (Judy), Krysta Rodriguez (Bebe), Jason Patrick Sands (Don), Jeffrey Schecter (Mike), Will Taylor (Bobby), Katherine Tokarz (Kristine) and Kevin Worley (Al) as well as Mike Cannon, E. Clayton Cornelious, Dena Digiacinto, Joey Dudding, Emily Fletcher, Lyndy Franklin, Nadine Isenegger, Denis Lambert, Jessica Lea Patty, Grant Turner and Deone Zanotto.

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.

Produced by John Breglio, who also serves as the legal representation for the estate of the late Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line recouped its entire initial investment of $8 million only 19 weeks after opening, breaking the house record seven times in its first five months on Broadway. A national tour is set to launch at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts - Buell Theatre May 6-17. Following its Denver premiere, the tour will play a seven-week engagement at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, May 21-July 6. Scheduling is currently underway for Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; Costa Mesa; Seattle; Toronto; and Washington, D.C. during the 2008-2009 season.

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.

For tickets visit www.telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200. For more information visit www.achorusline.com. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is located in Manhattan at 236 West 45th Street.

The cast of the <i>A Chorus Line</i> revival.
The cast of the A Chorus Line revival. Photo by Paul Kolnik