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New York, NY: New York City Center presented the Musical A Chorus Line. Dates: Nov. 14 — 18, 2018. All funds raised at these performances will go to our founding mission: promoting the performing arts in our community.
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The 75th Anniversary Celebration:
City Center marks 75 years this season. We celebrated with this special Gala benefit: A Chorus Line! We honored our City Center Board Member Stacy Bash-Polley, with the first performance including a festive post-performance dinner at The Plaza. Thank you to our patrons!
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In 1975, the stories of seventeen Broadway dancers sprang to life when A Chorus Line opened Off-Broadway. Born of workshop sessions with actual Broadway dancers (eight of whom appeared in the original cast). This incisive portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received 12 Tony Award nominations, winning nine — in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. With a Broadway run of 6,137 performances, national tours, and international productions, A Chorus Line is both a snapshot of a moment in history and a platform for fresh talent, which was showcased in this Annual Gala Presentation at New York City Center, (November 14 — 18) directed by Bob Avian (original co-choreographer) with choreography by Baayork Lee (Connie, original cast) and music direction by Patrick Vaccariello.Musical A Chorus Line.
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Originally Conceived and Coreographed by Michael Bennett
The first performance, on November 14, honored City Center Board Member Stacy Bash-Polley, a longtime partner at Goldman Sachs and founding supporter of Encores! Off-Center. Funds raised at all seven performances of A Chorus Line will allow City Center to continue its founding mission, making performing arts accessible to the widest possible audience by subsidizing affordable tickets throughout the year.
A Chorus Line, the 2018 Annual Gala Presentation, is a passionate tribute to dance and musical theater—two art forms that City Center has been bringing to New York audiences for 75 years.
THE CAST: The acclaimed musical for this production included stars: Jay Armstrong Johnson (Bobby), Kate Bailey (Kristine), Callan Bergmann (Frank), Natalie Bourgeois (Lois), Tommy Bracco (Mike), Wesley Ian Cappiello (Roy), Max Clayton (Don), Aaron Patrick Craven (Butch), Sara Esty (Maggie), Emily Franch (Vicki), David Grindrod (Mark), Eddie Gutierrez (Paul), Robyn Hurder (Cassie), Jolina Javier (Connie), Tara Kostmayer (Diana), Denis Lambert (Greg), J. Elaine Marcos (Val), Melanie Moore (Judy), Jenna Nicole Schoen (Tricia), Joseph J. Simeone (Al), Ahmad Simmons (Tom), Ryan Steele (Larry), Naomi C. Walley (Bebe), Anthony Wayne (Richie), Tony Yazbeck (Zach), and Olivier Award winner Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).
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