Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie and Other Chorus Line Alumni Will Be Part of Paper Mill Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

By Andrew Gans
18 Sep 2012

Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie

On Oct. 7, the opening night of its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Chorus Line, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse will offer a tribute to the composer of that Tony-winning musical, the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Directly following the curtain call, A Chorus Line Broadway alumni, including Kelly Bishop and Donna McKechnie, will join the Paper Mill Playhouse cast on stage as they reprise a section of the “Finale” in tribute to Mr. Hamlisch. (Cast members from the Broadway production of A Chorus Line from 1975-1990 are encouraged to call Kelly Stevens at Paper Mill Playhouse at 973-315-1640 or email at kstevens@papermill.org to reserve their free tickets.)

Following the tribute there will be a red carpet, cast/reunion party in Downtown Millburn.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate the life of Marvin Hamlisch," said Mitzi Hamilton, director of A Chorus Line at Paper Mill Playhouse, in a statement. Hamilton is best known for her association with Hamlisch and Michael Bennett’s A Chorus Line. She provided the inspiration for the character of Val and performed the role in the original London company and then on Broadway.



Paper Mill Playhouse producing artistic director Mark S. Hoebee added, “The world will remember Marvin Hamlisch for his brilliant musical accomplishments. The world is changed forever by the songs he instilled in our hearts. It is our honor and privilege to celebrate his life on October 7th.”

For more information visit www.papermill.org.

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The Paper Mill Chorus Line cast will include Ashley Arcement (Val), Kyle Brown (Greg), Mike Cannon (Al), Kevin Curtis (Richie), KC Fredericks (Mark), Julia Freyer (Judy), Jessica Lee Goldyn (Cassie), Martin Harvey (Zach), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Bebe), Brian Letendre (Larry), Mark Myars (Mike), Jeffrey Pew (Don), Rachelle Rak (Sheila), Amanda Rose (Kristine), Gabrielle Ruiz (Diana), J. Manuel Santos (Paul), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Connie), Kyle Vaughn (Bobby), Karley Willocks (Maggie), Carleigh Bettiol, (Lois), Kevin Boseman (Butch), Jennifer Cordiner (Vicki), Jordan Fife Hunt (Roy), Chris Klink (Frank), Grant Thomas (Tom) and Jessica Vaccaro (Tricia).