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North Carolina Theatre Announces Director/Casting for “A Chorus Line”

Mitzi Hamilton

 

North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing professional Broadway musical revivals, announces the cast of its first production of the 2014/15 season, A Chorus Line, playing October 14 to October 19, 2014 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

NC Theatre’s production of one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, will be both choreographed and directed by Mitzi Hamilton, a member of the original London cast and one of the dancers whose story inspired A Chorus Line. Ms. Hamilton’s interviews with original A Chorus Line Director/Choreographer Michael Bennett helped bring the colorful character “Val” to the stage. She later went on to perform as “Val” in the Broadway production. In addition to her illustrious career as a Broadway dancer, Mitzi Hamilton has also achieved great success as a director and choreographer, most notably for her work in A Nathaniel Shaw will play the role of “Zach,” the unseen director. Shaw is currently serving as Asst. Choreographer on the Broadway production and National Tour of Once. Acting credits include regional productions of A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Oklahoma!, Footloose and Damn Yankees, among many others. Shaw is also an experienced director and choreographer.

Jessica Lee Goldyn will reprise the role of “Cassie.” She appeared as “Cassie” alongside  Shaw’s “Zach” in 2013 and made her Broadway debut in the role of “Val/Cassie” in 2005, giving her nearly a decade of professional experience with the show. Credits include Off-Broadway’s On the Town, the National Tour of Fosse, along with many regional roles.

NC Theatre Conservatory’s own Tito Hernandez, who will play the role of Zach’s assistant “Larry,” an established dancer, actor, and choreographer whose passion for theater permeates beyond the stage. Hernandez is the Director of Dance at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, NC Theatre’s Arts Education program in North Raleigh, where Hernandez uses his more than 20 years of stage experience to cultivate local talent. Hernandez made his Broadway debut in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and his NCT credits include choreography for Evita, The King and I, and several NCT Conservatory productions.

The talented cast includes many NC natives/locals. Ashley Adamek returns to her hometown and NC Theatre to reprise the role of “Kristine,” which she played here over 7 years ago. She was most recently seen on Broadway in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and previously in the national tour of Chicago.

NC natives and Conservatory alums Kelsey Walston and Kinsland Howell will return to the NC Theatre stage. Walston will appear as “Bebe” This will be her fourth time performing A Chorus Line. Her other NCT Credits include The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Annie, High School Musical and more. Howell last appeared on the NCT stage in last season’s The Little Mermaid and CATS.

Rounding out the principle cast is local Raleigh actor Todd Michel Smith alongside Tiffany Chalothorn, Alexander Cruz, Sidney Dupont, Alexandra Fassler, , Logan Keslar, Brandon Rubendall, Rachel Schur, Sean Seymour, Jonathan Stahl, Bronwyn Tarboton, Hilary Michael Thomas and Nick Varricchio,. Ensemble includes: Anthony Acosta, Samantha Marie Allen, Josie Bodle, Justin Gaab, Allison Nock, Ahmad Ratliff and Sunny Smith.

About A Chorus Line:
Winner of NINE Tony® Awards, including “Best Musical,” A Chorus Line premiered in New York City in1975 and remains one of Broadway’s longest running musicals. A Chorus Line centers around the struggles and dedication of a group of dancers auditioning to be on the chorus line of a Broadway show. The show is based on interviews with real chorus dancers. Director and choreographer, Michael Bennett used these stories as the basis for this groundbreaking show and transformed them into a hit musical. A Chorus Line includes such memorable hits as “One (Singular Sensation),” “What I Did for Love” and “I Hope I Get It”. Its authentic drama and captivating music have made A Chorus Line one of the pillars of the American musical form.

A CHORUS LINE runs October 14th – 19th at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Tickets and info: www.nctheatre.com

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