A host of stage favorites will step up to the line in New York City Center’s upcoming gala presentation of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Chorus Line. Among those set to take the stage are Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, So You Think You Can Dance and Broadway alum Melanie Moore, and current The Phantom of the Opera star Jay Armstrong Johnson.
The presentation, directed by original co-choreographer Bob Avian and choreographed by original cast member Baayork Lee, will kick off with a November 14 gala performance honoring City Center board member Stacy Bash-Polley. Additional performances will run November 15–18.
Yazbeck will take on the role of director Zach, with Moore as Judy, and Johnson as Bobby. Joining them will be Robyn Hurder as Cassie, Eddie Gutierrez as Paul, Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila, Sara Esty as Maggie, Jolina Javier as Connie, Tara Kostmayer as Diana, J. Elaine Marcos as Val, Ryan Steele as Larry, Naomi C. Walley as Bebe, Tommy Bracco as Mike, Kate Bailey as Kristine, Callan Bergmann as Frank, Natalie Bourgeois as Lois, Wesley Ian Cappiello as Roy, Max Clayton as Don, Aaron Patrick Craven as Butch, Emily Franch as Vicki, David Grindrod as Mark, Denis Lambert as Greg, Jenna Nicole Schoen as Tricia, Joseph J. Simeone as Al, Ahmad Simmons as Tom, and Anthony Wayne as Richie. Swings are Francine Espiritu and Joseph Fierberg.
Patrick Vaccariello will serve as music director.
The musical, conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, offers a glimpse into the exciting, tense, and heartbreaking process of auditioning for a Broadway show, informed by the accounts of the performers who first brought the show to life. After premiering at the Public Theater in 1975, the show celebrated a 15-year run at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban’s score features such showtune standards as “I Hope I Get It,” “At the Ballet,” “What I Did For Love,” and “One.”