|Photo by Monica Simoes|
The production will officially open Oct. 7 with a tribute to the late Tony Award-winning composer. Directly following the curtain call, A Chorus Line Broadway alumni, including Kelly Bishop and Donna McKechnie, will join the Paper Mill 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their free tickets.)
Following the tribute there will be a red carpet, cast/reunion party in Downtown Millburn.
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.
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.