Thank you St. Louis, MO! Musical: “A Chorus Line” at The Muny. (2017)

THANK YOU St. Louis, MO! Musical “A Chorus Line” performed at The Muny. from Jul 29 through Aug 4th!

A Chorus Line
July 29 – August 4
ONE SINGULAR SENSATION

Musical A Chorus Line at The Muny in St. Louis. Jul 29 - Aug 4th.

Musical A Chorus Line at The Muny in St. Louis. Jul 29 – Aug 4th.

VIDEOS: A CHORUS LINE, ONE SINGULAR SENSATION:

VIDEO: A CHORUS LINE – THE MUNY, ST. LOUIS:

This singular sensation of a musical tells the story of 19 dancers at a final audition, vying for a spot in a Broadway show.
A landmark American musical, A Chorus Line has been called “the greatest musical – ever.”
With music by Oscar and Tony winning Marvin Hamlisch, A Chorus Line celebrates the dreams, guts and sweat that we all need to take our place “on the line.” .

For the record:

To the Cast and Crew: BREAK A LEG! Team Marvin Hamlisch

 

SHOW GUIDELINES (for awareness)

Language: Dialogue and lyrics throughout the show include mature language and references to sexual situations. Violence: None. Drug/Alcohol Use: Two lines of dialogue reference alcohol and one line references smoking.
A character makes a joke about taking several Valium during the audition.
Mature Content: The four-part montage called “Hello Twelve” and the song “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” contain sexual innuendo.
Several monologues contain sexual references as well.
Throughout the show, the director, Zach asks the “chorus line” to open up about their childhoods and personal struggles. Their responses, told in a series of monologues, explore such mature topics as discovering/questioning sexuality, growing up in broken families, and feeling the shame of being a misfit.

Musical A Chorus Line at The Muny in St. Louis. Jul 29 - Aug 4th.

Musical A Chorus Line at The Muny in St. Louis. Jul 29 – Aug 4th.

 

A Chorus Line is a Broadway classic. Centered on 17 Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, the show is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical.

A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. The stories of certain individuals “on the line” involve mature content.
Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received 12 Tony Award® nominations and won nine, including Best Musical. Composer Marvin Hamlisch won both a Tony Award® and a Pulitzer Prize for his score. A Chorus Line ran for a record-breaking 6,137 performances until April 28, 1990.

A Chorus Line at The Muny. St. Louis, MO. Jul 29 - Aug 4th.

A Chorus Line at The Muny. St. Louis, MO. Jul 29 – Aug 4th.

CAST:

MACKENZIE BELL (Val)
is excited to be making her Muny debut! Broadway: Pippin, Sunset Boulevard. Tour: Jersey Boys (1st national, Chicago, Vegas), Flashdance (1st national).
Regional/workshops: Savana in Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical (DTC), Maureen in RENT (Casa), Carrie (MCC), Chasing Rainbows, Fat Camp, Diner. Elon MT Alum. Huge thanks to Denis and Barry. @mackenziebellina, mackenziebell.com

HOLLY ANN BUTLER (Sheila)
is delighted to return to the Muny since playing Lila Dixon in Holiday Inn! Broadway/Off-Broadway: On the Town (Flossie, Claire u/s), How to Succeed… (Hedy/Smitty u/s), Grease (Rizzo u/s), Happiness, Anyone Can Whistle. First national tours: Evita (Eva u/s), Flashdance (Alex u/s), Shrek (Wicked Witch, Fiona u/s), Jersey Boys (Lorraine). Regional: On the Town and Nice Work… (Sacramento Music Circus), Miracle Worker (Queens Theatre), Leading Ladies (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drury Lane – Jeff Award Nomination), Cats (TUTS).  Film/TV: “Looking for Trouble,” “Seaquest2032,” “Figure It Out.” Thanks: Nani/Saperstein & my family.

RICK FAUGNO (Al)
just finished the pre-Broadway run of Roman Holiday in San Francisco and recently co-directed/co-choreographed and starred in the Frank Sinatra show My Way, at the Ivoryton Playhouse. A veteran of 6 Broadway shows, he was the original Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, for which he won the ‘Best Singer In Las Vegas’ award from the Las Vegas Review-Journal; 2017 IRNE award nominee for Funny Girl (North Shore Music Theatre) and 2015 Fred Astaire award for On the 20th Century (Roundabout Theatre Company). Thanks, Denis!

HANNAH FLORENCE (Diana)
is thrilled to shake it off this summer at The Muny! Broadway: Paramour: A Cirque du Soleil Musical (Lila, Indigo James u/s), Gigi (Gigi u/s), Scandalous.
New York: West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), Anna Nicole: The Opera (BAM/NYC Opera), It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman! (NY City Center Encores!). Tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry, 25th Anniversary original cast). Regional: Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt, Goodspeed Opera House), On the Town (Barrington Stage Company). @yeshannahbanana

IVAN HERNANDEZ (Zach)
made his Broadway debut as Billy Fynn in Chicago. He also played The Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Into the Woods. Other shows include: The Mambo Kings, Zhivago (directed by Des McAnuff), Romantic Poetry (written and directed by John Patrick Shanley), the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical, Yank!, Paul Simon’s The Capeman and Pirate, also by John Patrick Shanley. Ivan recurred as Javier Mendoza on the popular series Devious Maids. Other TV: Scandal, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Following, The Good Wife, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU and Gossip Girl.
Ivan recently wrapped the CBS drama pilot, The Get.

VIDEO: Baryshnikov on Broadway – From “A Chorus Line” – “One”

 

JOLINA JAVIER (Connie)
is originally from San Jose, CA. Favorite Broadway/NYC: The Phantom of the Opera, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nixon in China (The Metropolitan Opera) Cinderella (Avery Fisher Hall). Regional: Little Dancer (Nicoline, Kennedy Center), A Chorus Line (Connie, Theatre Under the Stars), The King and I (Lyric Opera Chicago, Dallas Summer Musicals), Cabaret (Frenchy, Cincinnati Playhouse) and Aida (Kansas City Starlight Theatre).
Film/Commercial: Ballerina, Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Tour, The Invisible Worm, BIOTrue. Jolina graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance. She is a recipient of the Ballet Achievement Award from SUNY Purchase College.

MADISON JOHNSON (Kristine)
is a St. Louis native and thrilled to be coming back home to The Muny! Muny: Grease (Frenchy), 42nd Street (Ethel), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl),
The Addams Family (Dead Nun) and Shrek The Musical (Tweedle Dum). Regional: Playhouse, Mill Mountain Theatre, Artpark and others.
Recent roles: Evelyn Nesbit (Ragtime), Velma (Chicago) and DeLee (Smokey Joe’s Cafe). She is the daughter of Renee Johnson and a proud alum of
Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio! She graduated with a BFA in music theatre from Elon University! @madisonaubrey

SEAN HARRISON JONES (Mike)
is thrilled to be returning to The Muny for his third season! Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean is a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory.
His previous Muny credits include Holiday Inn, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Mamma Mia! and Aida. He was also a finalist on season 9 of America’s Got Talent in a tap duo by the name of Sean & Luke. @SeanySwagger

EVAN KINNANE (Bobby)
couldn’t be more excited to make his Muny debut this summer! Originally from the small town of Tiverton, RI, Evan is a rising senior at the Boston Conservatory. Regional: West Side Story (Opera North), Harold and Maude (2nd Story Theatre). Conservatory: Bernstein’s MASS (Celebrant), Spring Awakening (Otto), Hair (Claude), Lord of the Flies (Simon), Catch Me If You Can (u/s Frank, Dollar). Instagram: @evanenannik

BIANCA MARROQUÍN (Cassie)
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Bianca began her stage career in Mexico City in productions of Beauty and the Beast, Rent, The Vagina Monologues, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins and Chicago, later making her Broadway debut in Chicago (Roxie Hart). Other Broadway and theatre credits include:
In the Heights, The Pajama Game and West Side Story (Anita, Carnegie Hall’s The Somewhere Project). Currently a judge on Univision’s Pequeños Gigantes.

IAN PAGET (Paul)
Broadway: Soul Doctor, Leap of Faith, Mamma Mia!. West End: West Side Story. Regional: How to Succeed in Business… and Dreamgirls for Theatre Under the Stars; Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Escape to Margaritaville for La Jolla Playhouse; The New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Film: Rock of Ages, Step Up Revolution. TV: Lip Sync Battle, Mozart in the Jungle, One Life to Live, America’s Got Talent, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live.

JUSTIN PRESCOTT (Don)
is a native of Houston, TX and graduated cum laude with his BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College. Broadway: Fela!; Gigi, After Midnight (dance captain),
Motown the Musical and Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour (featured dancer). National tour: Memphis. Other favorite credits: American Dance Machine, Standard Time (Mark Stuart Dance Theatre) and The Scottsboro Boys at the Ahmanson Theatre. TV: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, The Today Show, The Tony Awards and NBC’s Smash.

DREW REDINGTON (Mark)
is overjoyed to be returning to The Muny after being a part of last season’s production of 42nd Street. Originally from St. Louis, Drew has been performing at The Muny since 2006 and can’t wait to spend another summer under the stars! Broadway: Holiday Inn (Roundabout Theatre Co.) Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Casa Mañana (West Side Story), The Muny (favorites: Hello Dolly!, Hairspray, Oklahoma!), STAGES/St. Louis Symphony (Peter and the Wolf), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (A Christmas Story, Macbeth) TV: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. @drewseph_red

KIIRA SCHMIDT (Judy)
Broadway: Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Follies, No, No, Nanette (New York City Center Encores!), Stairway to Paradise (Encores!), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. National tours: Fame, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line. Regional: Cats (Muny), Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Mame, Show Boat, Chicago, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Grease and many more. International: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Broadway Asia’s Real to Reel. Associate choreographer: Smash (NBC), Little Me (Encores!), It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (Encores!), West Side Story, Secondhand Lions (film), Fred Astaire Awards. Kiira currently serves as MT dance faculty at Texas State University.

BRONWYN TARBOTON (Maggie)
is excited to return to St. Louis where she performed in Smokey Joe’s Café (DeLee), Anything Goes (Virtue), How to Succeed… and They’re Playing Our Song at Stages St. Louis. She previously played Maggie in A Chorus Line in a US national touring production, at Riverside Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, and, most recently, in Klagenfurt, Austria where the entire production was in German. Bronwyn has also performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Pioneer Theatre Company.  She received her BFA in music-dance-theater from BYU and is thrilled to be performing for the first time at The Muny.

SHARROD WILLIAMS (Richie)
is thrilled to be returning to The Muny for the 99th season! He currently plays the role of Pouncival in the Broadway revival of Cats. Other Broadway credits:
Tuck Everlasting (original Broadway cast). National tours: Bring It On: The Musical   (La Cienega), A Chorus Line (Richie). Regional: Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast (Muny), Cats (Theatre by the Sea), The Wizard of Oz (Surflight), Cabaret (Park Playhouse). Dance: The Chase Brock Experience, Von Howard Project, Life Dance Company and Doug Elkins & Friends. Film: Happy, Yummy, Chicken. TV: Law & Order: SVU, The Today Show, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. BFA, Montclair State University.
www.SharrodWilliams.com.

VICTOR WISEHART (Greg)
is thrilled to be returning to The Muny where he has had the honor of performing Oklahoma!; Dreamgirls and Pirates! or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d. Broadway: An American in Paris (Mr. Z) and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Hollywood Director). Some other favorite credits include West Side Story,
Crazy for You: 25th Anniversary Concert, Pipe Dream (NY City Center Encores!) Tours: South Pacific, West Side Story: 50th Anniversary World Tour.
Regional: Goodspeed, Huntington, Goodman, Arena Stages, The Muny, Music Theatre Witchita. OBC cast recordings: An American in Paris, Holiday Inn and Pipe Dream.

JOHN T. WOLFE (Larry)
is thrilled to return to The Muny for a bucket list show after last being seen in 42nd Street, Holiday Inn, and Spamalot. Other credits include White Christmas national tour, Mary Poppins (dance captain/Northbrook), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy u/s) – Paper Mill Playhouse, Anything Goes (dance captain/Evelyn u/s), A Wonderful Life (Sam Wainwright u/s), Holiday Inn, and Mame – Goodspeed Musicals, Grease (Eugene) – North Carolina Theatre,
Cabaret (Fritzie), and Hello Dolly! -Cape Playhouse, Gypsy (Yonkers) – Capital Repertory, Maltz Jupiter, Stages St. Louis, and Pioneer. Big thanks to bloc, my family, Josh, and the whole Muny family!

Creative Team

DENIS JONES (Director/Choreographer)
returns to The Muny having served as director/choreographer for 42nd Street (2016), Grease (2014), Spamalot (2013) and Chicago (2012), and as the choreographer of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (2015) and Pirates! (2012). Recent choreography credits include Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Broadway), Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical (Dallas Theatre Center); Forum (Two River), The Tempest (New York Shakespeare Festival), Honeymoon in Vegas (Broadway), Paint Your Wagon (NY City Center Encores!), Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Rep), The Sound of Music (Lyric Opera, Chicago), Damn Yankees (Paper Mill Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre), Elf (5th Avenue), Forum, Johnny Baseball, She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and national tours of My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha and Damn Yankees. Denis also directed and choreographed the off-Broadway production of Piece of My Heart.

VIDEO: Hamilton – A Chorus Line Celebration:

 

BEN WHITELEY (Music Director)
Muny: 42nd Street (2016), My Fair Lady (2015), The Addams Family (2014), Spamalot (2013), Pirates! (2012), The Sound of Music (2005, 2010), Beauty and the Beast (2005, 2010, 2015), Kiss Me, Kate (2011); Oklahoma! (2007), The Music Man (2004), Meet Me in St. Louis (2004), South Pacific (2003). Music director for 1776 at City Center Encores!. Broadway/national tours: A Christmas Story, The Addams Family, Spamalot, The Full Monty, Cats (conducted final original Broadway performance), Grand Hotel, Falsettos, Big. Carnegie Hall: Sail Away (with Elaine Stritch), Carnegie Hall Salutes Comden and Green. Choral Direction: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS.) City Center Encores!: associate music director and chorus master for 29 productions including Paint Your Wagon, The Most Happy Fella. Other: Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre, University of Michigan. Recordings: Allegro, Boardwalk Empire (Grammy Award), Merrily We Roll Along.

PAIGE HATHAWAY (Scenic Designer)
is based in the Washington, DC area. Credits include Or, (Round House Theatre), The Gulf (Signature Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden Theatre), The Pillowman, What Every Girl Should Know, Dry Land (Forum Theatre); The How and the Why, Another Way Home (Theater J), Ella Enchanted (Adventure Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Folger Theatre), Wild Sky, Little Thing Big Thing (Solas Nua), Godspell (Olney Theater Center). Her work on national tours includes Remarkably Normal (Advocates for Youth), Hamlet, The Giver (National Players).  She received a BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma, and an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland. www.paigehathawaydesign.com

ANDREA LAUER (Costume Designer)
Broadway: American Idiot, Bring It On: The Musical. Selected off-Broadway: School for Scandal, Brooklynite, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage), ’Or (Women’s Project). Her designs are also part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Working as a stylist, her credits include American Vogue, OUT magazine and the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.

ROB DENTON (Lighting Designer)
is thrilled to be back for his sixth season at The Muny. Select Muny designs include: 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Into the Woods, and Seussical. Other regional design credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals), A Christmas Carol and All the Way (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Erma Bombeck: At Wits End (Arena Stage), Sunset Baby and The Call (TheaterWorks), White Guy on the Bus (59E59), Because of Winn Dixie and The Explorers Club (Delaware Theatre Company), Children of Eden (The Kennedy Center), Blue Sky Boys (Capital Repertory Theatre), Die Fledermouse (New Orleans Opera), The Barber of Seville (Opera San Antonio). Upcoming lighting designs include: Carmen (Minnesota Opera), Daughter of the Regiment (Atlanta Opera). www.rdentex.com

JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Designer)
Credits include: The Muny (2015 – 2017 seasons), Pretty Woman (in development), Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award recipient), Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder Von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai) and (Singapore), Regional: Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Associate credits: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business… (’95), The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John has a gem of a daughter Ruby.

DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Soul Doctor. US tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Regional: The Muny – 2015 and 2016 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway: Gigantic. International tours: Das Wunder von Bern. Associate sound design: Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!; Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In My Life. David is a recipient of the Kevin Kline and Suzi Bass awards for Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical.

NATHAN W. SCHEUER (Video Designer)
is delighted to be back for another season. Past Muny designs include The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Holiday Inn, My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Seussical, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Nunsense, and Spamalot. NYC credits: Lord Tom (The York), Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), La Plage (Tom Gold Dance), and associate designer for Manilow on Broadway. Other tour/regional credits: After the Curtain (Shaping Sound), Spamalot (Arkansas Rep), Water by the Spoonful (TheatreSquared), Have You Met Miss Jones?; Fabulous Lipitones (New Theatre Restaurant). Nathan’s also designed for Selena Gomez, Alice Cooper, and Toby Keith as well as working with NYC Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and the Paris Opera Ballet. Proud member of USA 829.

Source: The Muny.

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