MusicalDramaOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Jul 25, 1975
Closing Date
Apr 28, 1990
Performances
6,137
MusicalDramaOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Shubert Theatre
(Jul 25, 1975 - Apr 28, 1990)

Setting
An Audition. 1975. Here.

Comments
"The characters portrayed in A CHORUS LINE are, for the most part, based upon the lives of Broadway dancers. This show is dedicated to anyone who has ever danced in a chorus or marched in step...anywhere."

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Produced by Joseph Papp and The New York Shakespeare Festival (Joseph Papp, Producer); Produced in association with Plum Productions, Inc.; Associate Producer: Bernard Gersten
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante; Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Edward Kleban; Music orchestrated by Bill Byers, Hershy Kay and Jonathan Tunick; Musical Director: Donald Pippin; Vocal arrangements by Donald Pippin
Conceived by Michael Bennett; Choreographed by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian; Directed by Michael Bennett; Choreographed by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Associate to Miss Aldredge: Bill Kellard; Personal Asst. to Miss Aldredge: Paul Martino; Assistant to Miss Musser: Richard Winkler; Assistant to Mr. Jacob: David Congdon
General Manager for NYSF: Robert Kamlot; Company Manager: Patricia Carney; Assistant to the General Manager: Sally Campbell
Production Manager for NYSF: Andrew Mihok; Production Stage Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Stage Manager: Frank Hartenstein; Assistant Stage Mgr: Scott Allen; Technical Director for the NYSF: Mervyn Haines, Jr.
Musical Coordinator: Robert Thomas; Orchestra Personnel Manager: Herbert Harris; Associate Conductor: Jerry Goldberg; Assistant to Mr. Hamlisch, Rehearsal Pianist: Fran Liebergall; Music Copyist: Larry Abel; Bass Guitar: Roland Wilson; Upright Bass: Jaime Austria; Harp: Bernice Horowitz; Percussion: Benjamin Herman; Reeds: Joseph Maggio, Marvin Roth, Stanley Brauner and Norman Wells; Trumpet: Bob Millikan and Al Mattaliano; Trombone: Vincent Forchetti and Gordon Early Anderson; Keyboards: Fran Liebergall; Guitars: George Davis, Jr.; Bass Trombone: Blaise Turi; Drums: Allen Herman
General Press Representative for NYSF: Merle Debuskey; Casting Director for NYSF: Rosemarie Tichler; Press Representative: Bob Ullman; Asst. to the Choreographers: Baayork Lee; Press Assistant: Norman L. Berman; Dance Captain: Baayork Lee; Consultant to the Producer: Novella Nelson; Graphics Design: Susan Frank; Photographer: George E. Joseph; Advertising: Don Josephson and The Blaine Thompson Company
Scott Allen
Broadway Debut
Roy
Kristine
Carole Bishop
Changed name to Kelly Bishop during run
Sheila
Butch
Clive Clerk
Broadway debut
Larry
Maggie
Richie
Donna Drake
Broadway debut
Tricia
Brandt Edwards
Broadway debut
Tom
Nancy Lane
Broadway debut
Bebe
Connie
Paul
Jul 25, 1975 - Apr 24, 1976
Understudies: Chuck Cissel (Paul, Richie), Clive Clerk (Zach), Donna Drake (Kristine, Connie, Maggie), Brandt Edwards (Don, Mark), Carolyn Kirsch (Cassie, Sheila), John Mineo (Al, Mike), Carole Schweid (Diana, Bebe), Michael Serrecchia (Larry, Greg, Bobby) and Crissy Wilzak (Val, Judy)

Shubert Theatre (Jul 25, 1975 - Apr 28, 1990)

Musical Director: Jerry Goldberg and Robert Rogers
Sound Supervisor: Otts Munderloh
Associate General Manager for NYSF: Susan Sampliner; General Manager for NYSF: Bob MacDonald; Company Manager: Bob MacDonald, Robert Reilly, Susan Sampliner and Mitchell Weiss (Oct 07, 1985 - ?); Executive Producer of NYSF: Jason Steven Cohen
Production Supervisor for the NYSF: Jason Steven Cohen; Production Stage Manager: Tom Porter; Stage Manager: Ronald Stafford, Wendy Mansfield and Christopher Gregory; Assistant Stage Mgr: Fraser Ellis, Jon Michael Richardson and James Beaumont
Associate Conductor: Vincent Fanuele; Keyboards: Nicholas Archer and Robert Rogers; Guitar: Joe Ravo; Drums: Dorian McGee and Earl Williams; Reeds: Andrew Sterman, Ken Dybisz and Buzz Brauner; Trumpet: John Frosk; Bass Trombone: Brad McDougall; Rehearsal Pianist: Nick Archer; Trumpets: James Morreale
Dance Captain: T. Michael Reed, Troy Garza, Patti D'Beck and Michael Ricardo; Press Associate: Richard Kornberg; Sound Supervisor: Otts Munderloh; Press Representative: William Schelble and Bruce Campbell; Press Assistant: Bruce Cohen; Photographer: Martha Swope; Vocal Coach: Antony Geralis and Fran L. Forchetti; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.

Cast

 
Mike
 
Gino
 
Richie
 
Al
Kristine
James Beaumont
Broadway debut
Sam
Zach
Apr 1976 - Sep 1976
Maggie
Apr 1976 - ?
Judy
Apr 1976 - ?
Diana
Sheila
Mike
 
Al
Richie
Frank
 
Bobby
 
Don
 
Greg
René Ceballos
Broadway debut
Lois
 
Bebe
1977 - ?
 
Mike
 
Larry
Kevin Chinn
Broadway debut
Butch
 
Richie
Douglas
Cassie
 
Paul
Diana
Ralph
 
Val
Barbara
 
Lois
 
Richie
Sam
Butch
Maggie
Mike
Linda
Herman
 
Frank
Jenny
Tricia
Kristine
 
Vicki
 
Tricia
 
Linda
Lois
Apr 1976 - ?
 
Cassie
 
Ed
Frank
 
Ed
 
Lois
Jarad
 
Frank
Kristine
Larry
Mike
1989 - 1990
Linda
 
Mike
Richie
Apr 1976 - ?
 
Cassie
 
Jenny
Cassie
 
Judy
Herman
 
Ralph
Mark
Tricia
Connie
Apr 1976 - ?
Douglas
 
Tom
Maggie
Bobby
 
Vicki
Mike
Richie
Zach
Mar 19, 1986 - ?
Diana
Apr 1976 - ?
Agnes
Tricia
Kristine
Vicki
 
Judy
 
Sheila
Diana
 
Al
 
Larry
Bobby
Kristine
Frank
Karen Meister
Broadway debut
Bebe
Paul
circa. 1987 - ?
 
Zach
Jarad
 
Al
Val
Apr 1976 - ?
Sheila
 
Vicki
 
Linda
Butch
Suzen Murakoshi
Vacation Replacement
Connie
circa. 1987 - circa. 1989
Al
Apr 1976 - ?
Sheila
 
Tricia
circa. 1978 - ?
Tricia
1984 - 1985
 
Vicki
 
Tricia
Vicki
Oct 27, 1975 - ?
Richie
 
Douglas
Lois
Vicki
 
 
Paul
Apr 1976 - May 1978
 
Larry
Douglas
Michael-Day Pitts
Broadway debut
Larry
Larry
Vicki
Melissa Randel
Broadway debut
Judy
Cassie
Apr 1976 - Jan 01, 1977
Cassie
 
Val
Butch
Greg
Apr 1976 - ?
Maggie
Diana
Bebe
Apr 1976 - ?
Diana
May 07, 1976 - ?
 
Barbara
 
Bebe
 
Vicki
Connie
Larry
Cassie
 
Lois
Tricia
 
Don
Don
Apr 1976 - ?
Connie
Cassie
 
Jenny
Butch
Kristine
Bobby
Paul
Oct 19, 1983 - Dec 1985
Mike
Connie
Connie
Diana
Joanna Zercher
Broadway debut
Vicki
 
Hilary
Understudies: Dean Badolato (Mike, Al), James Beaumont (Paul, Mark, Larry), Kevin Chinn (Richie), Catherine Cooper (Cassie, Sheila, Val), Jim Corti (Paul), Noel Craig (Zach), Michael Danek (Zach), Dennis Daniels (Al, Mike, Mark), Patti D'Beck (Bebe, Diana, Cassie, Judy, Kristine), John Dolf (Mike), Pi Douglass (Richie), Diane Duncan (Sheila, Judy, Kristine), Dennis Edenfield (Mike), Fraser Ellis (Mark, Bobby, Don), Susie Fenner (Maggie, Connie, Bebe, Diana), Gail Mae Ferguson (Cassie, Sheila), Cynthia Fleming (Sheila, Cassie, Kristine), Diane Fratantoni (Diana, Val, Connie, Maggie, Bebe), David Fredericks (Mark, Larry), Morris Freed (Mark), Laurie Gamache (Kristine, Bebe, Judy, Cassie), Troy Garza (Mike, Greg, Paul, Larry, Al, Mark), Roscoe Gilliam (Richie), Niki Harris (Val, Sheila, Judy), J. Richard Hart (Mike), Deborah Henry (Cassie), Jannet Horsley (Sheila, Kristine, Judy), Angelique Ilo (Cassie), Anthony Inneo (Zach), Bradley Jones (Bobby, Greg), Kiel Junius (Maggie, Connie, Val), Diana Kavilis (Cassie, Diana), Frank Kliegel (Don, Zach, Bobby), Tom Kosis (Mark, Larry), Joe Langworth (Mark, Larry), Paula Leggett (Sheila, Judy, Kristine), Carlos Lopez (Paul, Mark, Mike, Al), Betty Lynd (Val, Kristine, Maggie, Connie), Robin Lyon (Bebe, Diana, Val, Maggie), Carol Marik (Judy, Kristine, Sheila, Val), Kevin Neil McCready (Zach), William Mead (Al, Greg, Mike), Tim Millett (Zach, Don, Larry), Dana Moore (Cassie, Judy, Sheila), Kevyn Morrow (Richie), Bebe Neuwirth (Cassie), Cynthia Onrubia (Connie), Mary Ann O'Reilly (Judy, Val), Evan Pappas (Al, Paul, Larry), Dennis Parlato (Zach, Al, Don), Julie Pars (Val, Kristine, Judy), Matthew Pedersen (Larry, Don, Al, Mike), George Pesaturo (Paul), Reggie Phoenix (Richie), Sam Piperato (Bobby, Larry, Mike), Michael-Day Pitts (Greg), Donna M. Pompei (Diana, Connie, Bebe, Maggie, Val), Michael Ricardo (Mike, Larry), Jon Michael Richardson (Bobby, Greg), Steve Riley (Al), Ken Rogers (Richie), Danny Ruvolo (Paul, Mike, Larry, Greg, Al), Chesley Santoro (Cassie, Diana, Maggie, Bebe), Ann Louise Schaut (Cassie, Sheila, Kristine, Judy), Tracy Shayne (Bebe, Diana, Maggie), Dale Stotts (Al, Mike, Larry, Don), Claude Tessier (Bobby, Greg, Don, Al), David Thomé (Zach), Candace Tovar (Sheila), Glenn Turner (Richie), Julie Tussey (Val, Kristine), Timothy Wahrer (Paul), James Warren (Zach), Marcia Lynn Watkins (Sheila), Pamela Ann Wilson (Val, Judy), Joanna Zercher (Judy, Kristine, Sheila, Val) and Karen Ziemba (Cassie, Maggie, Diana, Bebe)
music by Marvin Hamlisch; lyrics by Edward Kleban
I Hope I Get It
Company
I Can Do That
Mike
"And..."
Bobby, Richie, Val and Judy
At the Ballet
Sheila, Bebe and Maggie
Sing!
Kristine and Al
Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love
Company
Nothing
Diana
Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
Val
The Music and the Mirror
Cassie
One
Company
The Tap Combination
Company
What I Did For Love
Diana and Company
One (Reprise)
Company

Tony Award®

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical

1976 Winner
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante

Best Original Score

1976 Winner
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Best Actress in a Musical

1976 Winner
Donna McKechnie

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1976 Winner
Sammy Williams
 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1976 Nominee
Robert LuPone

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1976 Winner
Carole Bishop
 

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1976 Nominee
Priscilla Lopez
 

Best Costume Design

1976 Nominee
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge

Best Lighting Design

1976 Winner
Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

Best Choreography

1976 Winner
Choreographed by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian

Best Direction of a Musical

1976 Winner
Directed by Michael Bennett

Pulitzer Prize

for Drama

1976 Winner
Directed by Michael Bennett
Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Conceived by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Musical/Book

1976 Winner
Produced by Joseph Papp
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante

Outstanding Music and Lyrics

1976 Winner
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

1976 Winner
Carole Bishop and Donna McKechnie

Outstanding Choreography

1976 Winner
Choreographed by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian

Outstanding Director of a Musical

1976 Winner
Directed by Michael Bennett

Theatre World

Special Award

1976 Recipient
for Ensemble Performance Scott Allen(for Ensemble Performance), Renee Baughman(for Ensemble Performance), Carole Bishop(for Ensemble Performance), Pamela Blair(for Ensemble Performance), Wayne Cilento(for Ensemble Performance), Chuck Cissel(for Ensemble Performance), Clive Clerk(for Ensemble Performance), Kay Cole(for Ensemble Performance), Ronald Dennis(for Ensemble Performance), Donna Drake(for Ensemble Performance), Brandt Edwards(for Ensemble Performance), Patricia Garland(for Ensemble Performance), Carolyn Kirsch(for Ensemble Performance), Ron Kuhlman(for Ensemble Performance), Nancy Lane(for Ensemble Performance), Baayork Lee(for Ensemble Performance), Priscilla Lopez(for Ensemble Performance), Robert LuPone(for Ensemble Performance), Cameron Mason(for Ensemble Performance), Donna McKechnie(for Ensemble Performance), Don Percassi(for Ensemble Performance), Michael Serrecchia(for Ensemble Performance), Michel Stuart(for Ensemble Performance), Thomas J. Walsh(for Ensemble Performance), Sammy Williams(for Ensemble Performance) and Crissy Wilzak(for Ensemble Performance)
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