A Chorus Line National Tour Kicks Off in Denver May 4

News   A Chorus Line National Tour Kicks Off in Denver May 4
The national tour of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line tips its hat to Denver May 4 when previews begin at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Buell Theatre.

Nikki Snelson
Nikki Snelson

The 35-week, 24-city tour stars former Legally Blonde cast member Nikki Snelson as Cassie with Michael Gruber, who was seen during the original run of A Chorus Line, as Zach. The Denver engagement officially opens May 9.

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.

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. 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:
Denver, CO (May 4-18, at the Buell Theatre)
Los Angeles, CA (May 20-July 6, at the Ahmanson Theatre)
San Francisco, CA (July 8-27, at the Curran Theatre)
Portland, OR (July 29-Aug. 3, at the Keller Auditorium)
Seattle, WA (Aug. 5-10, at the Paramount Theatre)
San Diego, CA (Aug. 12-17, at the Civic Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (Aug. 19-31, a the Orange County PAC)
Tempe, AZ (Sept. 2-7, at ASU's Gammage Auditorium)
Greenville, SC (Oct. 7-12, at the Peace Center)
Cleveland, OH (Oct. 14-26, at the Palace Theatre)
Toronto, ON (Oct. 28-Nov. 30, at the Canon Theatre)
Baltimore, MD (Dec. 2-14, at the Hippodrome Theatre)
Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 16-Jan. 4, 2009, at the Forrest Theatre)
Tampa, FL (Feb. 3-8, 2009, at the Tampa Bay PAC)
Orlando, FL (Feb. 10-15, 2009, at the Carr PAC)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Feb. 16-March 1, 2009, at the Broward Center)
Atlanta, GA (March 3-8, 2009, at the Fox Theatre)
Harford, CT (March 24-29, 2009, at the Bushnell Center)
Providence, RI (March 31-April 5, 2009, at the Providence PAC)
Pittsburgh, PA (April 7-12, 2009, at the Benedum Center)
Chicago, IL (April 14-May 3, 2009, at the Oriental Theatre)
Buffalo, NY (May 5-10, 2009, at Shea's PAC)
St. Louis, MO (May 12-24, 2009, at the Fox Theatre)
Milwaukee, WI (June 23-28, 2009, at the Marcus Center) 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.

The cast of the national tour of <i>A Chorus Line</i> in rehearsal.
The cast of the national tour of A Chorus Line in rehearsal. Photo by Paul Kolnik
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