The nine-time Tony Award-winning singular sensation “A Chorus Line,” conceived by Michael Bennett and featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch, kicks off the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are June 24 to 29.
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This emotional behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway world is a celebration of what it means to be a professional dancer, fervently pursuing the passion to perform onstage, experiencing the triumph of dreams achieved and the tragedy of dreams unrealized.
The Music Circus cast features Broadway veterans and stars of screen and stage, actors who have performed in “A Chorus Line” on Broadway and on tour, and Sacramento natives whose successful careers began at Music Circus.
In a Sacramento ‘homecoming’ of sorts, the role of Cassie will be played by Sacramento native Kate Levering, an award-winning Broadway star who has performed in more than 15 Music Circus productions and who is currently starring in Lifetime’s hit TV series “Drop Dead Diva.”
Sheila will be played by another Sacramento native and Broadway veteran, Jenifer Foote, whose Broadway credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Rock of Ages,” in addition to nearly 20 Music Circus productions.
Another Sacramento area native, Courtney Iventosch, who appeared in the national tour of “Wicked,” including the 2012 run at Sacramento Community Center Theater, will play Lois.
Katie Boren, who played on Broadway in “Lysistrata Jones,” and in both the Broadway and touring productions of “Spelling Bee,” will play Connie. Paul will be played by Xavier Cano, who has appeared in “Grease” on Broadway, and Off-Broadway in “Giant,” ” The Capeman” and “Rent,” among others.
Playing Bobby will be Stephen Carrasco, who has appeared on Broadway in “Kinky Boots,” “Ghost,” “Billy Elliot ” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
Richie will be played by Roger Ellis, whose regional credits include “Hairspray,” “Aladdin,” “42nd Street” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Adam Fleming, whose Broadway credits include “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “bare: A Pop Opera,” will play Al.
Judy will be played by Julia Freyer, who appeared in the national tour of “A Chorus Line” and has extensive regional theater experience.
Juliane Godfrey, whose regional credits include “A Chorus Line,” “The Music Man,” “Oliver! “and “A Wonderful Life,” will play Bebe.
Katie Huff, just back from the national tour of “Evita,” will play Kristine.
Playing Don will be Drew Humphrey, whose Broadway and touring credits include Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Of Thee I Sing” and “42nd Street.”
Mark will be played by Cory Lingner, whose regional credits include “Mary Poppins,” “Hairspray,” “42nd Street” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Allison Blair McDowell, who appeared in the national tour of “La Cage Aux Folles,” will play Val.
Laura will be played by Kathryn Mowat Murphy, who has starred in the Broadway tours of “A Chorus Line,” “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago” and “Fosse.”
Playing Zach is Eric Sciotto, who has played multiple roles in “A Chorus Line” on Broadway and on tour and whose other Broadway credits include “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Aida,” ” Sweet Smell of Success” and “42nd Street.”
Chelsea Morgan Stock, whose Broadway credits include “The Little Mermaid,” “Baby It’s You!” and “Sister Act” will play Maggie.
Playing Mike will be Nick Varricchio, who was in the national tour of “A Chorus Line.”
Selina Michelle Varastigui, who has appeared in the national tour of “A Chorus Line,” as well as in regional theater productions including Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and “Evita,” will play Diana.
Greg will be played by Leigh Wakeford, who has extensive regional theater experience and appeared in the touring productions of “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Chicago.”
Kim Arnett, who appeared in the national tours of “Peter Pan” and “Mamma Mia!,” returns for her seventh Music Circus season to play Tricia.
Jake DuPree, who danced with two acclaimed contemporary dance companies in New York City, will play Butch.
Jordan Grubb, who performed in the national tour of “Mary Poppins” and has extensive regional theater experience, will play Frank.
Matthew J. Kilgore, who has appeared in a number of Music Circus productions, on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” and in a number of national tours, will play Tom.
Returning for her fifth Music Circus season to play the role of Vicki is Lisa Rohinsky, who has appeared on Broadway in “Gypsy” and in the national tours of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas “and “Hello, Dolly!”
Music Circus veteran John B. Williford, who has appeared in the national tours of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Peter Pan,” “Camelot” and “Starlight Express,” will play Roy.
The creative team for “A Chorus Line” includes three Music Circus veterans. The director is Stafford Arima, who has directed a number of Music Circus productions, including last season’s acclaimed production of “The King and I.”
The choreographer is Randy Slovacek, returning to Music Circus after choreographing last season’s acclaimed production of “Chicago.”
The music director is Valerie Gebert, who was last at Music Circus in 2004, when she was musical director for “The Fantasticks.”
Music Circus is produced under the leadership of artistic director Glenn Casale and executive producer Scott Klier. California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.
Tickets for “A Chorus Line” range from $35 to $65 and are available by phone at 916-557-1999, online at Tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Season tickets are still available at a savings of up to $100 on a pair of tickets. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Matinée performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.