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.
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), the musical turned the spotlight on the anonymous, sparkling workhorses of the ensemble. The scrutiny of the audition room gives way to the intimacy of a confessional as—one by one—the usually overlooked cogs in the machine step forward to divulge why their lives are singular and sensational.
This incisive portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received twelve 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 will be showcased in this Annual Gala Presentation led by Bob Avian (original co-choreographer) and Baayork Lee (Connie, original cast).
Don’t Miss the 75th Celebration
City Center marks 75 years this season. Please join us for this special Gala benefit performance of A Chorus Line on November 14, held in honor of City Center Board Member Stacy Bash-Polley, including a festive post-performance dinner at The Plaza.
Funds raised at all seven performances of A Chorus Line will allow City Center to make the performing arts accessible to the widest possible audience by subsidizing affordable tickets throughout the year.
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The production will feature 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), Francine Espiritu, Sara Esty (Maggie), Joseph Fierberg, 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 Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila).
Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Originally Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian
Choreography by Baayork Lee
Executive Producer John Breglio
Artistic Consultant Jack Viertel
Music Director Patrick Vaccariello
Directed by Bob Avian
Learn about all the extraordinary programming and ancillary events we have lined up for our 75th Anniversary Season.
75th Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich