PHOTO CALL: Jessica Lee Goldyn, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Rachelle Rak and Cast Preview Paper Mill's Chorus Line
By Matthew Blank
Paper Mill Playhouse will kick off its 2012-13 season with the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line, featuring the music of the late Marvin Hamlisch. Performances will begin Oct. 3 in Millburn, NJ. The cast offered a sneak peek during a Sept. 25 open rehearsal in NYC.
The production, which will officially open Oct. 7 with a tribute to the late Tony Award-winning composer, will be directed and choreographed by Mitzi Hamilton, a dancer in director-choreographer Michael Bennett's original taped workshop that inspired the 1975 musical.
Jessica Lee Goldyn, who originated the role of Val in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, will star as Cassie. She will be 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 will serve 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.
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