• HB
  • June 15, 2016
  • New cast members announced
    MARIO LOPEZ as Zach
    COURTNEY LOPEZ as Kristine Ulrich
    KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ as Diana Morales
    SARAH BOWDEN as Cassie Ferguson

    Hollywood Bowl production also stars
    and also includes

    Directed and Choreographed by BAAYORK LEE
    Adapted and re-staged from the original choreography by MICHAEL BENNETT
    BOB AVIAN joins creative team as Production Supervisor

    Three performances only - July 29, 30, and 31, 2016
    Single tickets now available

    June 15, 2016, Los Angeles - New casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl's production of A Chorus Line, which won the Tony® Award for Best Musical. The additional cast members announced are Mario Lopez as Zach, Sarah Bowden as Cassie Ferguson, Krysta Rodriguez as Diana Morales, and Courtney Lopez as Kristine Ulrich.

    A Chorus Line will also star the previously announced Sabrina Bryan as Valerie Clark, Robert Fairchild as Mike Costa, Spencer Liff as Larry, and Ross Lynch as Mark Anthony. In addition, Mara Davi as Maggie Winslow, J. Elaine Marcos as Connie Wong, Jason Tam as Paul San Marco, and Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila Bryant round out the principal cast.  

    A Chorus Linewill be directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee, who appeared as Connie Wong in the original Broadway production and choreographed the Broadway revival in 2006. A Chorus Line will be conducted by Patrick Vaccariello and have choreography adapted and re-staged by Baayork Lee, from the original by Michael Bennett. Bob Avian, the co-choreographer of the original 1975 Broadway production and director of the 2006 Broadway revival, joins the creative team as Production Supervisor. 

    A Chorus Line will have three performances at the Hollywood Bowl this summer - Friday, July 29, at 8 PM, Saturday, July 30, at 8 PM and Sunday, July 31, at 7:30 PM.

    Mario Lopez is currently the host of the Emmy winning entertainment news program, EXTRA as well as the host of ON with Mario Lopez. He also recently appeared as Vince Fontaine in Fox's groundbreaking, Grease Live! His other television credits include Nip/Tuck and Saved by the Bell, among many others. In 2008, Mario Lopez made his Broadway debut as Zach in the revival of A Chorus Line where he met his wife Courtney.

    Courtney Lopez first appeared on Broadway in Cry-Baby with other credits including The Little Mermaid, the revival of A Chorus Line and the 1st national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Courtney is now a regular correspondent for EXTRA as well as a recurring guest for the national radio show ON With Mario Lopez.

    Krysta Rodriguez has appeared on Broadway in Good Vibrations, the revival of A Chorus Line, the original production of Spring Awakening, In the Heights, The Addams Family, First Date, as well as the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening. In addition to her many stage roles, she has appeared on ABC Family's Chasing Life and NBC's Smash

    Sarah Bowden has appeared in many major solo roles in the Wintergarten Variety Theatre in Berlin. She's played Anita in West Side Story, Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Bowden recently played the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line at Klagenfurt, directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee.

    Baayork Lee (previously announced) appeared as Connie Wong in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Her other Broadway performing credits include the original Broadway production of A King and I, Flower Drum Song, A Joyful Noise, Golden Boy, and Promises Promises, among others. She choreographed the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, from the original choreography by Michael Bennett.

    Bob Avian began his career as a dancer and was in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including West Side Story and Funny Girl. He then became an integral part of every Michael Bennett production for the next 20 years, working as associate choreographer and/or assistant director on productions including Company, Follies, Twigs, Seesaw and God's Favorite. He received a Tony Award as co-choreographer of A Chorus Line. He then went on to win his second Tony award for co-choreographing Ballroom as well as serving as co-producer. Bob was also a producer of the original and national companies of Dreamgirls, the highly acclaimed musical which won six Tony awards. He choreographed the London production of Follies and then created the musical staging for Miss Saigon. He choreographed the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, receiving his sixth Tony nomination. Next came the Boublil & Schönberg musical Martin Guerre, for which he won the Olivier Award for choreography. Bob also did Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together off-Broadway, starring Julie Andrews and on Broadway starring Carol Burnett. Returning once again to London, he choreographed The Witches of Eastwick. Bob directed the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway and then in London at the Palladium. Most recently he recreated his choreography for the new Miss Saigon currently playing in London. He is a proud member of the board of the Miami City Ballet.

    Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

    A Chorus Line is the groundbreaking show about life as a dancer auditioning for a Broadway musical; with its unforgettable score and riveting real-life story, it's the Hollywood Bowl's annual, fully staged production. From "I Hope I Get It" to "The Music and the Mirror" and "One," united by the iconic choreography of visionary Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line's music and message remain fresh and true, capturing the excitement and drama that all performers face, having chosen a life on the stage - in one thrilling sensation of a musical! 

    A Chorus Line will be presented without intermission.

    Subscriptions and single tickets for performances during the Hollywood Bowl 2016 summer season are available at www.HollywoodBowl.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

    For further details or questions, call 323.850.2000 from 10am - 6pm daily, or visit www.LAPhil.com.

    The recent history of Broadway musicals at the Hollywood Bowl is nothing short of spectacular, including Spamalot starring Craig Robinson, Christian Slater, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Warwick Davis and Eric Idle, Hair starring Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish, Beverly D'Angelo, Benjamin Walker and Amber Riley, directed by Adam Shankman; Chicago starring Ashlee Simpson, Drew Carey, Lucy Lawless and Stephen Moyer, directed by Brooke Shields; The Producers starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Richard Kind, Rebecca Romijn and Dane Cook, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Hairspray starring Harvey Fierstein, Drew Carey, John Stamos and Nick Jonas, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; and Rent starring Vanessa Hudgens, Nicole Scherzinger and Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz offerings. The venue offers something for everyone, from its sizzling summer evening concerts to the daytime arts festival for children, "SummerSounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl." In February 2016, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the twelfth year in a row at the 27th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. www.HollywoodBowl.com


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