Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ presented a tribute to A Chorus Line composer Marvin Hamlisch at the official opening of the show on Sunday, October 7th 2012. Kelly Bishop joined director Mitzi Hamilton and over 50 of A Chorus Line cast members from Broadway. Directly following the curtain call, A Chorus Line Broadway alumni joined the Paper Mill Playhouse cast on stage as they reprised a section of the "Finale" in tribute to Mr. Hamlisch. Watch the full event below!
A Chorus Line is "One Singular Sensation" that garnered virtually every award imaginable, including the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize. This groundbreaking musical, set during an audition for an upcoming Broadway show, shines a light on the hopes, fears and dreams of performers vying for a chance to do what they all know they were born to do. A Chorus Line is an enthralling and emotional metaphor for what drives each of us to achieve our dreams.
Mr. Hamlisch left an indelible mark in the theatre world with the groundbreaking A Chorus Line, which won 10 Tony Awards® including the Tony Award for Best Musical as well as Best Original Score. The show also won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other notable theatre works on Broadway include They're Playing Our Song, Jean Seberg, Smile, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. His latest musical, The Nutty Professor, recently opened in Tennessee. His collaboration with numerous iconic talents throughout the years yielded over 20 Broadway shows.
A child prodigy, he was accepted into Juilliard before he was seven. Before he was 30, he had received Oscars for his score and song to The Way We Were and for his work on The Sting.