THE SCREENING ROOM: Paper Mill's Marvin Hamlisch Tribute, Featuring 50 Chorus Line Alums (Video)
16 Oct 2012
Paper Mill Playhouse kicked 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. The production opened Oct. 7 and was followed by a tribute to the late Tony Award-winning composer.
Directly following the curtain call, over 50 A Chorus Line Broadway alumni, including Kelly Bishop, joined the Paper Mill cast on stage as they reprised a section of the "Finale" in tribute to Mr. Hamlisch.
Here, director-choreographer Mitzi Hamilton, who provided the inspiration for the character of Val, and Bishop, who originated the role of Sheila, speak about Hamlisch before they are joined by a group of Chorus Line veterans.
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