One of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history, “A Chorus Line” returns to The Moonlight for the first time in 29 years. Director and Choreographer Hector Guerrero will restage the original choreography created by the show’s creator and original Choreographer Michael Bennett and Co-Choreographer Bob Avian. Performances of “A Chorus Line” continue The Moonlight’s 40th Anniversary at the Moonlight Amphitheatre from August 18 to September 4. Tickets, priced $17 – $59, are on sale online at moonlightstage.com or by phone at (760) 724-2110.
The original production ran for 6,137 performances from April 1975 until April 1990 making it one of Broadway’s longest running musicals. The show was an unprecedented hit receiving nine Tony Awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show was conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, Bob Avian was co-choreographer, music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and the book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.
The development of “A Chorus Line” was pioneering for its day as it was born from life stories told into a tape recorder in 1974 over multiple nights by chorus dancers. These stories were interwoven into the book of the show and as it worked through its workshop phase, the stories of the actors in the show were also incorporated into the script. Never before had actors been such an integral part of a Broadway musical’s creative process.
Set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre, “A Chorus Line” is centered on 17 Broadway dancers auditioning for a spot on the chorus line of a new Broadway show. One by one, the dancers come forward to share the stories that shaped their lives and their paths to becoming dancers. The show’s score features the iconic musical hits “I Hope I Get It,” “The Music and the Mirror,” “One” and many more.
The Moonlight production features Danielle Airey (Kristine), Ellie Barrett (Lois), Lacey Beegun (Bebe), Laurel Bollard (Vicki), Drew Bradford (Al), Tyler Matthew Burk (Zach), Xavier J. Bush (Richie), Wes Dameron (Butch), Holly Echsner (Val), Donny Gersonde (Bobby), Colby Hamann (Tom), Jennifer Knox (Cassie), Milan Magana (Diana), Sarah Morgan (Judy), Emma Nossal (Maggie), Natalie Nucci (Sheila), Cheyenne Omani (Tricia), Emma Park (Connie), Jeffrey Scott Parsons (Mike), Trevor Rex (Greg), Steven Ruvalcaba (Paul), Nick Schrier (Mark), Jupityr Shaw (Don), Samuel Shea (Larry), Ala Tiatia-Garaud (Frank) and Anthony Vacio (Roy).
Joining Director and Choreographer Hector Guerrero on the creative team is Dr. Randi Rudolph as Music Director and Conductor and Devon Hunt as Associate Music Director. Lighting Design and technical direction is by Jennifer Edwards, Sound Design by Jim Zadai, costumes are based on the original designs by Theoni V. Aldredge and the show is stage managed by Marie Jahelka.
For more information, visit moonlightstage.com or call (760) 724-2110.
Single tickets are priced $17 – $59 with additional general lawn discounts for seniors, students and the military.