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A CHORUS LINE OPENS SEPTEMBER 25

September 29, 2009                                                            

For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Kirsten Park
(801) 581-6270
kirsten.park@ptc.utah.edu

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

A Chorus Line

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett. Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban. Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian. Original Broadway production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions, Inc.

 

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the Tony Award-winning Broadway contemporary classic, A Chorus Line. The show runs September 25 through October 10, 2009.

Seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line don their legwarmers and perfect their combinations for a chance at stardom. The audition takes a personal turn as they are asked to reveal their individual stories—ranging from funny to wrenching. In 1975, A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It broke the mold of the traditional Broadway musical when it first ran in 1975, and became what at the time was the longest-running musical ever.

Jeffry Denman makes his PTC debut as Zach, the Director. He performed in the original Broadway casts of White Christmas, The Producers, and Dream, in the original cast of the revival How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and in the final cast of Cats.

Kimberly Dawn Neumann plays Cassie, Zach’s former lover and once successful solo dancer, now determined to return to the dance profession. Neumann recently played the same role on Broadway. She also appeared in Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun, Urban Cowboy and Ragtime. Her national tours include Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Ragtime, and A Chorus Line as Val. She was also a regular on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

 Erin Denman is back at PTC after playing Velma in the 2006 production of Chicago. On Broadway, Denman has been in the revival of 42nd Street and Stairway to Paradise, and performed with both the national tour and the 2005 movie of The Producers.

The production’s Dance Captain Deone Zanotto plays Diana. She made her Broadway debut in the most recent revival of A Chorus Line. Other New York credits include Zorba and Bajour!Before moving to New York, Zanotto resided in London and performed in the West End Production of We Will Rock You and in South Pacific for the BBC London. Zanotto is an Aria nominee for the Original Cast Recording of Dirty Dancing.

Jessica Leigh Brown plays Maggie. She recently performed in Turn of the Century directed by Tommy Tune at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where she performed opposite Jeff Daniels. Her Broadway and national tour credits include Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, Doctor Dolittle with Tommy Tune, Nine with Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera, and Sunset Boulevardwith Petula Clark.

In her debut with PTC, Kaitlyn Davidson plays Val. She was last seen on stage as Rapunzel in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Into the Woods as well as in West Side Story, Mame, The Full Monty, and Cats.

Paul is played by Miguel Angel Falcon and Connie is played by Hannah Chin; both are in their PTC debuts. Elizabeth Clinard, who recently appeared at PTC as Ulla in The Producers,returns as Judy; Tony Falcon returns from last season’s The Light in the Piazza as Giuseppe; and Mike Kirsch (Bobby) returns from Paint Your Wagon, The Producers and My Fair Lady.

The rest of the Equity cast includes Brad Bradley (Al), Teresa Bramwell (Tricia), Eric Lee Brotherson (Mike), Michael Crowley (Mark), Thay Floyd (Richie) and Jeffrey Scott Stevens(Butch).

The non-Equity cast includes Stephanie Chace Bass (Vicki), Talese Hunt (Lois), Kevin Jordan (Frank), Peter Nelson (Larry), Bronwyn Tarboton (Bebe), and PTC returnees, Ashley Gardner Carlson (Kristine), Michael Hernandez (Roy) and Jeff Pew (Don).

Returning to PTC for her thirteenth production is director and choreographer Patti D’Beck.D’Beck most recently choreographed My Fair Lady, The Producers, Paint Your Wagon andChicago for PTC. She was in the cast of the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, and was Dance Captain in her tenure. Additional Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun,Bells Are Ringing, Grease! and The Will Rogers Follies. She also was involved in the original A Chorus Line workshop, and worked with Michael Bennett, who conceived, directed and choreographed the original production.

Michael Horsley is the musical director for the production. He has conducted the Broadway company of Chicago as well as the national tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, Cinderella, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Chicago. He is also resident music director of St. Louis MUNY.

Resident Scenic Designer George Maxwell designs the set. Maxwell recently designed the set for Miss Saigon, Noises Off and My Fair Lady at Pioneer Theatre Company; his previous designs include The Producers, Chicago, You Can’t Take It With You and Les Misérables. A member of United Scenic Artists, he has also designed sets for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Utah Opera Company and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Susan Branch Towne returns to design the costumes for the production after designing for PTC’s My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Chicago. Local audiences may know her work from the Utah Shakespearean Festival, where she designed during the 1996-1999 seasons. She makes her home in Austin, Texas. Susan is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Yale School of Drama and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Lighting design is by Michael Gilliam. He returns to PTC after designing for last season’s striking Romeo & Juliet. His Broadway credits include Brooklyn, Big River and Stand-Up Tragedy. Michael also designed for the national tours of Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls, and Big River.

Sound design is by Joe Payne. Payne is in his tenth season as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company. He has designed sound and/or composed music for more than 100 productions in theatres throughout the country.

Hair and Make-up Designer Amanda French, PTC resident designer, has worked for theatres all over the west. She is a contributing writer in the ninth edition of Stage Makeup by Richard Corson and James Glavan and is a featured artist in The Costume Technician’s Handbook by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey.

 

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MEDIA PHOTO SHOOT: There will be a media photo shoot on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 E., SLC. Please RSVP at (801) 581-6270.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 after 4:00 p.m. Navigate to “Press Room” on our website or go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos. MEDIA MEMBERS WILL NEED A LOGIN TO ACCESS. Please call 801-581-6270 or 801-557-1146 to get one.

TV CAMERA FILMING: Filming a short segment of the production during Preview or Opening Night for press use can be arranged. Call (801) 581-6270.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast and artistic staff are available. Call (801) 581-6270.

PRESS TOURS: Tours of the set for the press are available. Call (801) 581-6270.

 

WHO:              Pioneer Theatre Company

WHAT:            A Chorus Line

                        Originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett
                        Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
                        Music by Marvin Hamlisch
                        Lyrics by Edward Kleban
                        Contains some strong language and mature themes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHEN:             September 25 – October 10, 2009

TIMES:             Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees, 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 26 only) or 2:00 p.m. (all others)

 

WHERE:           Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre

300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

PRICE:             $30 – $49; Children K – 12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays

MORE: Box Office (801) 581-6961. The Box Office is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and Saturdays when there are performances

www.pioneertheatre.org

CAST:

Stephanie Chace Bass……….. Vicki

Brad Bradley*……….. Al

Teresa Bramwell*……….. Tricia

Eric Lee Brotherson*……….. Mike

Jessica Leigh Brown*……….. Maggie

Ashley Gardner Carlson……….. Kristine

Hannah Chin*……….. Connie

Elizabeth Clinard*……….. Judy

Michael Crowley*……….. Mark

Kaitlyn Davidson*……….. Val

Jeffry Denman*……….. Zach

Erin Denman*……….. Sheila

Miguel Angel Falcon*……….. Paul

Tony Falcon*……….. Greg

Thay Floyd*……….. Richie

Michael Hernandez……….. Roy

Talese Hunt……….. Lois

Kevin Jordan……….. Frank

Mike Kirsch*……….. Bobby

Peter Nelson……….. Larry

Kimberly Dawn Neumann*……….. Cassie

Jeff Pew……….. Don

Jeffrey Scott Stevens*……….. Butch

Bronwyn Tarboton……….. Bebe

Deone Zanotto*……….. Diana

 

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Director/Choreographer……….. Patti D’Beck

Musical Director……….. Michael Horsley

Dance Captain……….. Deone Zanotto*

Set Designer……….. George Maxwell

Costume Designer……….. Susan Branch Towne

Lighting Designer……….. Michael Gilliam

Sound Designer……….. Joe Payne

Wig and Make-up Designer……….. Amanda French

 

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.