"One" More Time: 50 Chorus Line Members, Including Kelly Bishop, Priscilla Lopez, Tribute Marvin Hamlisch at Paper Mill

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08 Oct 2012

J. Elaine Marcos and Heather Parcells
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Joining Bishop, Hamilton and the Paper Mill Chorus Line company for "One" were Richie Abanes, Nick Adams, Scott Allen, Denice Pence-Boockvor, Steve Boockvor, Kerry Casserly, Mary Lou Crivello-Cipolla, Karen Curlee, Susan Danielle, Dena DiGiancinto, Kurt Domoney, Donna Drake, Dennis Edenfield, Lois Englund, Doug Friedman, Angelique Ilo, Anthony Inneo, Bradley Jones, Bryan Knowlton, Joe Langworth, Terry Lucibello Lombardozzi, Priscilla Lopez, Robin Lyon, Christine Maglione-Beniers, Alison Gertner Mann, J. Elaine Marcos, Flynn McMichaels, Wayne Meledandri, Dana Moore, Suzen Murakoshi, Jack Noseworthy, Evan Pappas, Heather Parcells, Adam Perry, Donna Pompei, Melissa Randel, Steve Riley, Jeff Schecter, Dorothy Tancredi Dybisz, David Thome, Inga Frederic-Thrasher, Glenn Turner, Michael Weir, Richard Winkler, Scott Wise and Tony Yazbeck.

"It was the rehearsal [that] was a little bit more special," Heather Parcells, who originated the role of Judy in the 2006 Broadway revival, told Playbill.com following the performance. "Every single one of us, when it went into the music, knew exactly what to do… We knew what to do!"

"Tonight was fantabulous!" added Priscilla Lopez, who originated the role of Diana and was nominated for a 1976 Tony Award for her performance. "I was so happy to see the show and to see the show done so beautifully. All the elements were there. It was really moving. It gave me a good opportunity to reflect and really look at something that I was part of and will continue to be part of — something that was such a landmark event in theatre."

Priscilla Lopez
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

At the opening night after party, Ms. Hamlisch, Parcells, Lopez and various Chorus Line veterans shared their favorite memories of the late songwriter and what, exactly, he "Did For Love."

"When we were in previews downtown, a few of us got very, very sick with a cold," explained Kelly Bishop. "Marvin arranged doctor appointments with the best ENT in New York. He knocked on my apartment door at 11 o'clock at night and brought me a humidifier and Vicks VapoRub and had done the same with the other four or five people who were equally as ill. I remember Marvin Hamlisch coming to my roach-infested apartment on the Upper West Side… There it was. That's the kind of thing he would do."

After congratulating the Chorus Line cast, an overwhelmed and overjoyed Terre Blair Hamlisch soaked in the after party with a few of her and her late husband's friends. "Do you know that Marvin is having his portrait painted by a royal portrait painter in London?" she shared. "It's going to hang at the National Portrait Gallery [in Washington, DC]. Nobody knows this… They asked him which piece of music he wanted to [be pictured holding] in his hand for the painting, and he chose 'What I Did For Love.' He said, 'People would be surprised, Terri. I chose 'What I Did For Love.'"

(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work frequently appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)

Read Playbill.com's obituary about the life of Marvin Hamlisch.

Read Playbill.com's earlier report about the Sept. 18 Hamlisch tribute at Juilliard.

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Hamlisch in rehearsal for Smile with Anne Bobby, Tia Riebling, Nikki Rene, Donna Marie Elio, Veanne Cox, Lauren Goler, Cheryl-Ann Rossi, Julie Tussey, Cindy Oakes and Jodi Benson, Sept. 1986
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