National Tour of A Chorus Line Officially Opens in Denver May 9
By Adam Hetrick
The national tour of A Chorus Line — an off-shoot of the current Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical – officially opens at the Denver Center for Performing Arts' Buell Theatre May 9.
Denver marks the first stop for the 35-week, 24-city national tour that will play the Buell through May 18. Previews began May 4.
A replica of its Broadway counterpart, the national tour of A Chorus Line is restaged by Bob Avian and Baayork Lee, who re-created Michael Bennett's Tony Award-winning work from the original 1975 Broadway production.
Former Legally Blonde cast member Nikki Snelson stars as Cassie with Michael Gruber, who was seen during the original run of A Chorus Line, as Zach.
The national tour also features Clyde Alves (Mike), Venny Carranza (Roy), John Carroll (Larry), Emily Fletcher (Sheila), Stephanie Gibson (Judy), Michael Gruber (Zach), Natalie Hall (Val), Derek Hanson (Don), Hollie Howard (Maggie), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Mark), Julie Kotarides (Vicki), Denis Lambert (Greg), Jessica Latshaw (Kristine), Ian Liberto (Bobby), Stephanie Martignetti (Tricia), Sterling Masters (Lois), Pilar Millhollen (Bebe), Colt Prattes (Al), Gabrielle Ruiz (Diana), Clifton Samuels (Tom), Kevin Santos (Paul), Brandon Tyler (Frank), Anthony Wayne (Richie), J.R. Whittington (Butch), and Jessica Wu (Connie).
A Chorus Line's swing performers are Colin Bradbury, Erica Mansfield, Rebecca Riker, and Alex Ringler.
The Broadway revival and national tour are produced by John F. Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions.
Tour dates for the award-winning musical currently include:
A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by the late Edward Kleban.
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.
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.
The Broadway revival currently plays the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For more information visit www.achorusline.com.
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