By Matthew Blank
and Nikka Graff Lanzarone
10 Oct 2012
"It's Nikka again! You may remember me from such Playbill photo spreads as 'Lauren Kennedy and Nikka Lanzarone Introduce Into the Woods Veteran Twan Baker' and 'A Two-Show Day at Chicago,'" says Lanzarone. "If you didn't manage to catch those, I was also the tall brunette asleep on the couch in Women on the Verge"
"I'm back again, this time to tell you all about this beyond-incredible cast of A Chorus Line at the Paper Mill Playhouse. These people are truly remarkable. As we all know, the show is really about getting to know dancers as individuals rather than just members of an ensemble. I wanted to take that same opportunity with our company, letting you get to know them as you’ll get to know their characters over the course of the show."
"Click away for some fun facts about this talented bunch, and come see us at the Paper Mill through Oct. 28!"
Mitzi Hamilton, a dancer in director-choreographer Michael Bennett's original taped workshop that inspired the 1975 musical, directs and choreographs the New Jersey staging. Hamilton provided the inspiration for the character of Val and performed the role in the original London company and then on Broadway.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate the life of Marvin Hamlisch," said director Hamilton in a statement.
Jessica Lee Goldyn, who originated the role of Val in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, stars as Cassie. She is joined by Ashley Arcement (Grease) as Val, Kyle Brown (Legally Blonde) as Greg, Mike Cannon (West Side Story) as Al, Kevin Curtis (A Chorus Line national tour) as Richie, KC Fredericks (Wicked national tour) as Mark, Julia Freyer (A Chorus Line national tour) as Judy, Martin Harvey (West End's Dirty Dancing) as Zach, Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago) as Bebe, Brian Letendre (Marry Poppins) as Larry, Mark Myars (West Side Story) as Mike, Jeffrey Pew (Billy Elliot national tour) as Don, Rachelle Rak (Catch Me If You Can) as Sheila, Amanda Rose (Paper Mill's Curtains) as Kristine, Gabrielle Ruiz (In the Heights) as Diana, J. Manuel Santos (West Side Story) as Paul, Alexzandra Sarmiento (A Chorus Line in Japan) as Connie, Kyle Vaughn (The Nutty Professor) as Bobby and Karley Willocks (A Chorus Line national tour) as Maggie.
Rounding out the cast are Carleigh Bettiol as Lois, Kevin Boseman as Butch, Jennifer Cordiner as Vicki, Jordan Fife Hunt as Roy, Chris Klink as Frank, Grant Thomas as Tom and Jessica Vaccaro as Tricia.
Set during an audition for an upcoming Broadway show, A Chorus Line, according to Paper Mill, "shines a light on the hopes, fears and dreams of performers vying for a chance to do what they all know they were born to do. A Chorus Line is an enthralling and emotional metaphor for what drives each of us to achieve our dreams."
John O’Neill serves as the production's music director and conductor. A Chorus Line, originally conceived, choreographed and directed by Bennett, features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante with music by Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.
Other members of the creative team include scenic designer James Dardenne, costume coordinator Gail Baldoni, lighting designer Julie Duro, sound designer Randy Hansen, hair designer Mark Adam Rampmeyer and production stage mamanger Joshua Halperin.
Paper Mill Playhouse is located at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. For more information and ticktes, call (973) 376-4343 or visit PaperMill.org.