A Chorus Line - Transcendence Theatre Company
|Venue:||Jack London State Park
2400 London Ranch Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
|Dates:||Jun 14th, 2019 – Jun 30th, 2019|
|Times:||Performance: 7:30 pm
Pre-show picnicking & VIP Reception begins at 5 pm
Presented by Transcendence Theatre Company
in Northern California’s Wine Country from June 14 to June 30, 2019
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, “A Chorus Line” features music by Marvin Hamlisch; lyrics by Edward Kleban; book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante; and additional choreography by Bob Avian.
“A Chorus Line” pairs iconic and emotionally-evocative songs with the personal stories of 17 Broadway dancers baring their hearts and souls at a Broadway audition. The musical features timeless themes of love, passion and loss described through the intimate stories of a diverse group of characters as they compete for their shot on the line.
“A Chorus Line” was conceived in 1974 during workshop sessions attended by several Broadway dancers, including eight dancers who appeared in the original cast.
Early workshops were hosted by dancers Michon Peacock and Tony Stevens until a young, up and coming Broadway director and choreographer, Michael Bennett, was invited as an observer.
Eventually Bennett took full control of the workshops and development of the show. Serving as director and co-choreographer with Bob Avian, Bennett ushered “A Chorus Line” to its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in April of 1975 and then to its Broadway opening July 25, 1975 at the Shubert Theatre.
With critical praise and record-breaking box office sales, the musical was honored with nine Tony Awards and received the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. When it closed in 1990, “A Chorus Line” achieved the milestone as the longest running Broadway show in history.
After seven seasons of award-winning Broadway concerts presented in Wine Country, this production of “A Chorus Line” marks Transcendence Theatre Company’s first Broadway musical presentation as part of its annual “Broadway Under the Stars” season. “A Chorus Line” is directed by Amy Miller, with choreography and associate direction by Jim Cooney and musical direction by Daniel Weidlein.
Transcendence Theatre Company announces the cast will feature Kristin Piro (“An American in Paris,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) playing the role of Cassie Ferguson; Matthew Rossoff (“Jesus Christ Superstar”) as Zach; Natalie Gallo (“Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia!”) as Diana Morales; and Alicia L. Albright (“Frozen,” “Wicked”) as Val Clark.
The cast also includes Lauren Sprague as Sheila Bryant; Julia Freyer as Judy Turner; Kelly Sheehan as Kristine Urich; Erika Conaway as Maggie Winslow; Leslie Rochette as Bebe Benzenheimer; Sierra Lai Barnett as Connie Wong; Alex Hartman as Vicki; Alle-Faye Monka as Tricia; Kimberly Pine as Lois; Mike Kirsch as Larry; Tim Roller as Mike Costa; Royzell D. Walker as Richie Walters; Michael Starr as Don Kerr; Luis Figueroa as Paul San Marco; Jeremy Greenbaum as Mark Anthony; Tony Gonzalez as Greg Gardner; Dylan Smith as Bobby Mills; Garen McRoberts as Al DeLuca; Paul Thiemann as Frank; Neil Starkenberg as Roy; DJ Petrosino as Tom; and Keenon Hooks as Butch.
The experience begins with pre-show picnicking at 5 p.m. in the park’s sprawling vineyard and meadow. Audiences can enjoy musical entertainment before the main performance with homemade picnics or gourmet picnics purchased at nearby stores.
At the venue there are pre-show picnic options that include a variety of food from local gourmet food trucks and vendors and fine wine representing acclaimed Sonoma County wineries at each performance.
Transcendence Theatre Company sponsors include: Benziger Family Winery, The Press Democrat, Jack London State Historic Park, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood Credit Union, Exchange Bank, Sotheby’s International, Hansel BMW, Bank of Marin, Alan & Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Fund, Chateau St. Jean, KZST, Girl & the Fig, Beau Wine Tours, Daryl Reese Attorney at Law, Freidman’s Home Improvement, Parkpoint Health Club, Atwood Ranch, Glen Ellen Properties, JDH Wealth Management, Sonoma Valley Inn, Greenhouse Capital Partners, Fairmont Mission Inn, Sonoma Valley Wine, The Dance Center, The Presentation School. Nightly Wine Sponsors include Glen Lyon & Two Amigos and Talisman Wines.
More about Transcendence Theatre Company: Based in Sonoma County, California, Transcendence Theatre Company is an award-winning, nonprofit arts organization comprised of artists with professional experience from Broadway, film and television. The company’s headliners have included Sutton Foster and Megan Hilty. Featured performers have appeared in Broadway productions including "Hamilton," "The Book of Mormon," "Mamma Mia," "Les Misérables," "Chicago," "La Cage Aux Follies," "Gypsy," "Hairspray," "Follies," "42nd Street," "White Christmas," "Mary Poppins" and "Wicked." Transcendence Theatre Company specializes in producing high caliber Broadway concerts in distinctive Sonoma County locations - from its primary home within the majestic open-air ruins of the historic winery in Jack London State Historic Park to other remarkable and stunning settings throughout wine country and the community. Since its inception in 2011, Transcendence Theatre Company productions have been experienced by over 151,000 patrons and raised over $450,000 for Jack London State Historic Park.