Who's doing what now? Keep up with members of the family who have submitted information to the site for posting here.
Editor's note: Notes are posted chronologically. The notes at the top of the page are the most recent ones.
Robert Tunstall plays a nuclear physicist, Satan, a dancin' drag queen and a cuckoo clock, in one night in Hey, You Alive? on November 21. See Following the Line for details.
Marvin Hamlisch has a new work coming to Broadway: Imaginary Friends, the new play with music, written by Nora Ephron. Opening Night is scheduled for December 12. Click here to visit the show's website.
Cindy Marchionda wrote to tell us that she's got some work lined up: Swingtime Canteen (Family Arts Center, Hilton Head - 11/26 - 12/8) and Man of La Mancha (Pittsburg Public Theatre - January - March 2003). Read her e-note for more details.
Pattie and Whit Wilcoxson are currently in Philadelphia with Spider-Man Live! "The touring stunt spectacular!" They tell us "it is VERY fun and we are having a blast." They also want us to know that "We are expecting our first child, clearly a dancer already, a girl in March."
Michael Day checked in recently to tell us that for the past 5 years he has been teaching ashtanga yoga and movement at SUNY, Purchase College Acting Conservatory
Next month Thommie Walsh is staging and Larry Blank Music Directing the Jay Monahan Center/November 12 Benefit for Colon Cancer. Katie Couric is Jay Monahan's widow and is behind the event. A whole bunch of really talented people will be singing and dancing the music of West Side Story. The cast includs Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Bette
Midler, Kevin Kline, Davis Gaines, Rebecca Luker and more.
Pam Klinger is appearing on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast.
Jose Rivera is currently designing Doing Judy, starring Sammy Williams. He writes, "Keep your fingers crossed... we should be in NYC by the spring." See the website here.
Bruce Harris is producing the ELAN AWARDS honoring Ann Reinking.
Larry Blank wrote to tell us, "I am on my way with original ACL MD, Don Pippin, to co music direct the opening gala for the Cardiff Musical Theatre Festival in Cardiff,Wales. Don wrote the overture which I orchestrated and we are sharing the conducting with many West End performers. I'm then to NY to be one of the Music Directors for the Kennedy Center Sondheim Reunion at Avery Fisher Hall on Oct 21. Also conducting - orig. ACL orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and ACL associate conductor (Chicago). . Nick Archer. I'm also orchestrating for composer/arranger Marvin Laird a ballet for ABT created by Lar Lubovitch. That too, in October."
Linette Miles wrote to tell us that she hasn't "droppped off the face of the earth. I've got two little boys (Russell, age 3 and Ian, age 1). Living in Hampton, NH. Recently performed in I LOVE YOU...NOW CHANGE in Portsmouth, NH. Doing Yoga, trying to get back in shape. Dreaming of doing ACL again someday!"
Colleen Hawks writes, "I had a great time in both Modesto with OKLAHOMA! and Sacramento with Smokey Joe's Cafe. I am flying to Venice, Italy to be the Jean Ann Ryan "liason" and see that the cast opens their show on the ship smoothly." She's now back home and looks forward to your e-mail.
Jeanna Schweppe informs us that she played as the "shimmy girl" in Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Following that she "got a wonderful opportunity to fly to South Africa to do an IBM industrial for a week! Saw lots of giraffes, chimpanzees, and elephants! Even participated in a safari where we all rode on the elephants." Following that she played Edythe Herbert in a production of My One and Only, directed by Ken Leigh Rogers at the Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod. Most importantly, she tells us, "I was married on May 26, 2001 back in my hometown of St. Louis, Mo, to Emiliano Pares. We now live in the peaceful country out in Bloomingdale, New Jersey: only 35 minutes from the Big Apple."
Ron Dennis wrote to say: "Someone just recently asked me if I would be interested doing Richie again in some production...I laughed...can you imagine me saying 'born on a full moon, Oct. 2nd 1944'...? the audience would faint dead away. As it is, when folks find out how old I am they try to die...and I love it. My partner loves to shock people with my age and I try to run and hide when he does because people turn all shades of amazing looks. And they don't know what physical hell I've survived or they would really pass out. Good genes and lots of fortune."
John Calder writes that he is Production Stage Manager for a production of West Side Story. Among the cast and crew are: DJ Chase (A-rab), Shane Rhoades (Gee-tar), Kurt Kelly (Snowboy) and Allison Rabinau (Stage Manager). He writes "The tour opened at WOLF TRAP in Vienna, Virginia outside of Washington at the same time as the SONDHEIM CELEBRATION at the KENNEDY CENTER. Fourth of July week we were in LAS VEGAS. The third week was in ATLANTA at the FOX THEATER. We are now in HOUSTON for two weeks. The rest of the tour includes: GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN; MEMPHIS, TN; DETROIT, MI;CHARLOTTE, NC; BUFFALO, NY; PROVIDENCE RI; HARTFORD, CT; ROCHESTER, NY; BALTIMORE, MD and ST. LOUIS, MO." The tour closes on November 3.
Stephen Nackamie has set a tour of WEST SIDE STORY in Italy. It played Ravenna, Pistoia , and Palermo, Sicily. He's now off to direct CHARLIE BROWN for the CHERRY COUNTY PLAYHOUSE .
Peter Fitzgerald writes, "Hey everyone, As you probably know, I have been deeply immersed in producing and directing a documentary on Joan Crawford for the last two years for Turner Classic Movies. Well, at long last, it will air on TCM on Thursday, August 1st at 8pm, and then every Thursday in August along with 41 of Crawford's films throughout the month.
But for you, my special friends, I would like to extend this invitation to join me for it's first public viewing!
What: Preview of "JOAN CRAWFORD - THE ULTIMATE MOVIE STAR" A 90 minute documentary on the life and career of Joan Crawford. A Fitzfilm Production -- Narrated by Anjelica Huston
When: Wendesday, July 31st at 8pm
Where: "Here" at 696 N. Robertson Bl.
Admission is FREE!
Parking is available across the street for a fee.
Feel free to bring your friends to celebrate Our Lady of the Wire Hangars.
And no, Faye Dunaway will not be there...
But, I hope to see YOU there.
Greg Daniels and Michael Susko are both in rehearsals for My Fair Lady for THEATRE IN THE STARS in Atlanta. They both just finished DAMN YANKEES at WALNUT STREET in Philadelphia, choreographed by Sharon Halley and are looking forward to their annual gig of dancing at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL for the CHRISTMAS SHOW.
Larry Blank was Musical Director on SWEENY TODD at the Kennedy Center for the Sondheim series. He's now back in LA about to work with Doug Besterman (another ACL alumni as conductor /pianist) on orchestrations for a new show written by Melissa Manchester. He also has been doing orchestrations for Marilyn Hornand several films as well.
Colleen Hawks is finishing up OKLAHOMA and will be doing SMOKY JOE'S CAFE at Sacramento Music Circus in August. Then she'll be back in the city for auditions.
Laurie Balon has just finished playing Anita in West Side Story outside of Paris. She is now getting ready to sing on a cruise for two months touring the Mediterranean.
Roy Miller, Associate Producer at the Paper Mill Playhouse, is one of the producers bringing I'm Not Rappapport to Broadway. The show stars Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. Break a leg Roy! For more information click here.
Jon Peterson sent us a picture with Jane Linear during the recent St. Louis run. See it here.
Jennifer Brooks is currently playing Princess Leonide in Triumph of Love in California. She'll be back in NYC in September. Her e-mail is
Gary Stevens writes that he and Alan George are relocating to New York after 4 years in LA. He will continue to run his Travel and Theatrical Marketing business with locations on both coasts. " I've enjoyed working on such LA shows as I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed and Lypsinka". Look for Gary's article published in the Pasadena Playhouse's newsletter here. Their ACL gallery has "grown quite a bit," they even have the "original Broadway marquee that hung outside the Shubert in NY." (ed. note: Maybe we can sponsor a tour for Family members.)
Attention Barry Manilow fans....See Jarrod Cafaro at Don't Tell Mama in THE BIG BARRY BIRTHDAY BASH on June 17.
Jon Peterson was recently back for a return gig at Danny's Skylight Room. He writes, "We're evolving it all the time with a view to it being you know, like, really good at some point."
Luis Villabon is back from Los Angeles. "I came back to do a play called COOPER SAVAGE. It is a very exciting play which I hope you ALL will have a chance to see." Luis is also doing Broadway Bares again. The theme this year is Comic Strips (!) The show is June 16. More about it on our Following the Line page. Luis is also looking for sponsors for his involvement in the Broadway Bares Strip-a-thon, contact him directly for more information at 212.560.7332 or e-mail him at:
Jarrod Cafaro's latest project is Dead Divas, a cabaret featuring signature songs of the Divas of yesteryear. The show runs on Saturdays in June at the Duplex.
Lori Marshburn writes that she is in Las Vegas, "performing at the RIO in the show called Masquarade Show in the Sky. I am dancing six to seven shows a day, which is really keeping me in shape. They are really keeping me busy here. I am also the Dance Captain and Swing for the show. If any of you plan on coming out to Vegas, e-mail me at
Roxane Carrasco, who has beem with the company of Chicago for almost a year, has an official website. It can be found at www.roxanecarrasco.cjb.net. She had a run as Velma from January 14 through March 17th, starring with Michele Pawk (Mama), Belle Calaway (Roxie) and George Hamilton (Billy). This information came to us from Heather Smith, webmistress of the site.
Jennifer Brooks, currently playing Maggie in the 2002 European Tour, writes that she "misses Casy and Luis. Europe is awesome. Will be back in the city in September 2002." New e-mail:
Eric Dysart and Todd Michael Smith just got their first Broadway show. They will be in the new musical Hairspray, which starts performances at the Neil Simon Theatre this summer.
Jose Riveria recently designed Grease, produced by McCoy-Rigby Entertainment. Patti Columbo (Val on the road) choreographed. He's currently designing the feature film Stealing Candi, directed by Mark L. Lester, starring Daniel Baldwin. He's also represented by She's No Angel and Blind Obsession on The Lifetime Network. Coming soon to a theater near you: the new comedy Evil Alien Conquerors (from the creators of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adentures), starring Deidrich Bader, Michael Weston, Chris Parnell and Tori Spelling.
We received news on many of the cast members of the 1977 Australia production:
Angela Ayers (Maggie) is raising two children and occasionaly sings in clubs.
David Atkins (Mike) was Artistic Director of the 2000 Olympics.
Glenis Knock (Connie) is married to a Sports Star and raising two children.
Tony Bartuccio (Greg) directs and choreographs for theatre and television. He is also Artistic Director of Australia's first Performing Arts Studio.
Karen Johnson (Cassie) choreographed the Opening of the 2000 Olympics.
Joann Adderly (Sheila) recently separated and is running a small promotion business center at home.
Trisha O'Carroll (Bebe) works for the Red Cross.
Camille Edwards (Judy) was Assistant Choreographer for Beauty and the Beast and A Chorus Line. She is a single parent raising her daughter.
Ronnie Arnold (Richie) is Administrator for the Islander Dance Company.
Jack Webster (Al) is still performing and was recently seen in Annie.
Pam Jones (Kristine) works in administration after retiring from the business.
Marriet Rupps (Val) retired from the business and is married.
Jeff Unkervich (Mark) resides in London. Though he no longer performs he teaches dance.
Ros Coleman (Paul) is a successful choreographer; hi recent work can be seen in SHOUT, the musical.
Pete Tapano (Diana) has been married several years to one of Australia's wealthiest men.
Lee Chambers (Larry) live up north where it is hot and tropical and does a little teaching.
Stephen Nachamie writes that he has "a lot in the works... Rehearsals for CHICAGO are going well. Julie Graves is a fabulous Roxie. After this I leave to set West Side Story for a short Italian tour. Then I'm off to Cherry County Playhouse to choreograph You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. I'll also be Associate Director/Choreographer for Superstar." See more at: http://www.capitalplayhouse.com
Anthony Innéo's new show, Evaluating Woody, begins performances April 19th. Details on the Following the Line page.
Tim Federle (Mark 2001 Summer Tour) just finished dancing in his first opera, War and Peace at the Met. "What an experience! A totally different world than musical theatre, with performances only two nights a week! Have been seeing lots of "A Chorus Line" family members from the 2001 tour at auditions lately and it's been great catching up."
Kelly Bishop's television show Gilmore Girls winds up shooting for the season on April 18. The show has been picked up for a third season, though she won't know about her option until June. Look for the "Girls" in the "People Extra Style Watch" coming out soon. They did a feature on the "GG" women in "the little black dress." That issue is one of the most popular of the magazine every year.
Jose Rivera's costumes will be featured in the Lifetime Network movie She's No Angel on Monday, March 4 at 9 PM. The movies stars Tracey Gold, Dee Wallace Stone and Kevin Dobson. "As usual it's a campy woman slasher movie."
Kevin Burrows (Al 1996-97 National Tour) left the First National Tour of The Full Monty playing Buddy "Keno" Walsh and is "in my third month of being a juror on a criminal case downtown with hopefully about two weeks left." He live in NYC. Kevin also played Al in the commemorative Gypsy of the Year in 2000 ("with a horrible case of laryngitis, I must add.")
Melinda Parrett (Lois; Sheila, Judy cover ` 20th Anniversary Re-creation, Long Beach Civic Light Opera) writes in that "the 'Who's Who' page was incredibly fun (and enlightening) to read. It's amazing to see how many wonderful people have been involved with such a ground-breaking piece of theatre. I saw many friends on the list, as well as people I wholly admire for their work. It's nice to know we all have something in common."
Donna McKechnie will be in the recording studio on March 7th to record her one-woman show. We'll keep you posted on the release date. Her studio is Fysnworth Alley.
Jarrod Cafaro received a glowing review from Barbara and Scott Siegel of Backstage. Check it out on our new Reviews Page.
Per-Birger Stenudd recently sent in photos of himself and his daughter. You can see them on the Scrapbook page.
John Calder writes that he's off to Salt Lake City and the Olympics. "I will be competing in the 'Artistic single luge curling ski jump stage management event.' We are prod to have it included in this year's Olympics. I already have my outfit...It is royal blue, lots of stars and shiny material. But if you know me it could not be otherwise.... " In reality he'll be there to begin preproduction as Production Stage Manager for The Pioneer Theater Company of Salt Lake City's production of the Maury Yeston/Arthur Kopit PHANTOM. The show stars Ron Bohmer and Victoris Mallory. The show runs March 19 - April 6.
Evan Tate is currently living, working, playing and teaching in Munich, Germany. He's "working on a career as a jazz-soloist, and currently working as an eCommerce Media Developer at an English-based firm in Munich."
Bill Purdy is working as a Multimedia Designer, living on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, with his wife and two children. "I look forward to seeing the site and finding some long lost friends." Bill can be reached at
Backstage recently reported that Musical Management Company and SEA are presenting a European Tour of A Chorus Line, directed and choreographed by Troy Garza. Rehearsals begin March 7.
Deborah Geneviere wrote in to say that she's now a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Oracle Corporation. "But no matter what industryt I've worked in, whether it's New York Publishing or Silicon Valley High Tech, people's eyes light up when I tell them I was in ACL...I'm so proud that I had the opportunity to be a part of this show." Deborah is married to Thomas Athens, the brother of another ACL cast member, Jim Athens. They met while she was on tour in Honolulu. "We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and spend much of our time restoring our 1925 Mediterranean home." She welcomes e-mail at:
Brenda Hamilton is back in NYC after a great run of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Chicago. "Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday! It's good to be back.
Chris Boyd decided not to do the cruiseship gig and hang around New Yorkuntil something better happened. Since then, he's booked the National Tour of Swing as a lead singer. "This one's for you Kristine."
Sammy Williams wrote to say that the website for the new show he's working on is up. Check it out at www.DoingJudy.com. Read his note on our Bulletin Board. The show opens on January 19.
Carole Schweid sent us the following story, "Last summer, I was out in Long Island playing Fanny Brice's mother in Funny Girl. The dancers were wonderful and we spent a couple of great afternoons doing 'Chorus Line' stuff cause they wanted to learn it. (I'm sure this happens to everybody all the time but it never gets old, right!) Anyway, one of the guys, Jimmy Corrothers, had done the show, and at the end of the session we started to do 'One' together. We were exactly alike. 25 years in between my doing the show and his doing it, and we were exactly alike! What a tribute."
Brandt Edwards recently wrote an article for the local newspaper in Mississippi. It is a touching story. Read "Stray".
Donna McKechnie returns to Arci's Place in January. More on the Following the Line page.
Stephen Nachamie sent in a holiday letter. Click here to read it.
Sammy Williams, Broadway's original Paul wrote to say, "I've just been cast as Shelly in the new murder mystery comedy, Doing Judy which will be opening at the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood in January. (More Info to follow) I'm very excited. This has been a dismal work year for me. God has finally answered my prayers and given me a wonderful Christmas present. A job! I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever see the lights of theatre again. This part will be extremely challenging for me as an actor as I will be exploring areas of performance I've never done before. At least not in front of an audience. But........I'm up for the challenge and will jump in tomorrow evening's first rehearsal feet first! So keep me in your thoughts. Hope to see you there. I'll be writing again as time draws near for opening. To all..........have a wonderful holiday! Love Sam"
Priscilla Lopez, Broadway's original Diana, debuts a new cabaret act, "What I Did For Love" at Arci's Place in NYC. The show is directed by Thommie Walsh and Seth Rudetsky is Musical Director. For more information see our Following the Line page.
David Andrew Taylor, wrote to say that he is "currently living in NYC in Washington Heights, and preparing to go out on the road with the 3rd National Tour of Blue's Clues Live!" He's been on the road "steadily since 1998 touring with Rugrats (staged by Danny Herman) and the first two tours of Blue's Clues Live! (of which I am an original company member.)" He intends to "keep kicking these legs for as long as I can."
Lance Aston, who played Don in the 1977 London West End Cast, is currently putting a workshop together to create a new musical. Its working title is The Dance of Life. For details click to: http://www.achorusline.com.
Krister St. Hill, who played Ritchie in Stockholm, celebrates 20 years in opera next year. He is currently singing Escamillo (Carmen) at the Royal Operan in Copenhagen, Denmark. Later this season he will be performing in Clara and Carmen at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as Renato in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Check out some career highlights at http://www.kristersthill.nu.
Jerry Goldberg, who conducted ACL on Broadway, is living in Florida. Last Spring he worked with students at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach on their production of ACL. He also conducted several performances. "It was a super production." Laurie Gamache (Broadway's final Cassie) worked on the staging with the cast. He keeps busy by composing and is currently working on the scores for two new musicals.
Tracey Leigh wrote in to say that she really enjoys checking out the site, "The way the world is now, we need to remember who and what matters most... the people we touch along the way." Having recovered from an ACL injury she is back dancing again and recently got to play Anybody's in West Side Story. She is currently teaching dance at AMDA in the City and continues to audition/look for the next gig. Also, she works for Reebok Sports Club, which provides her with a free gym membership. SHe can be e-mailed at
Doug Besterman and Larry Blank, who have conducted various ACL tours, are working on the orchestrations for the film CHICAGO. They worked together on the orchestrations of THE PRODUCERS as well.
Susan Mathis Hult, who played Vicki at The Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Northshore Theatre and in Hawaii , is currently in Swinging On a Star at the Stage Door Theatre in Florida. From December through May she will be in Swingtime Canteen. Susan married Peter Hult on April 28, 2001. They are living in Fort Lauderdale and are planning to move back to NYC.
Rita O'Connor, Sheila in the 1986 Japan Tour, lives in Providence, RI. She teaches theatre and dancing.
Baayork Lee can be seen as part of a PBS Special: American Masters/Richard Rogers: The Sweetest Sounds - November 4 9PM EST. See her in "The King and I" and "Flower Drum Song".
Larry Blank, who was music director with the International Company from 1977-78, and conducted the Japan Tour in 1985, was recently one of the orchestrators for The Producers. He also did two shows with Thommie Walsh at the St. Louis Muny. Feel free to e-mail him at:
Lori Marshburn, who played "her dream role of Cassie in the 1997-98 National Tour", is now with the 2001 National Tour of CHICAGO. "She hopes to make her Broadway debut someday." She can be reached by e-mail at:
Matthew Johnson recently played Zach at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK. He writes, "I learned the show from Baayork Lee and I will be eternally grateful tpo her for the wonderful opportunities she has given me." He can be e-mailed at:
Chris Boyd, who has played Richie at the Self Family Arts Center (2001) and the Fox Theater (2001) is about to start a cruise ship gig "and auditioning till then."
Michelle Scarpa, who played Diana on the 1997-98 National Tour taught the original show to teens this summer at a summer arts program at Delta Stae University. "What a thrill to pass on the 'torch' to another generation. I was very proud of them.I still get thrills when I see 'away from the mirror'." She then went on to her first film role (Sally) in the independent feature film The Entrepreneurs. "I had a blast!" Then she played Anita in Tennessee Repertory Theatre's production of West Side Story with the Nashville Symphony. "Now that was exciting! Hearing yourself sing with 55 pieces blaring out Bernstein is just an unbelieveable experience." She is now back "in the greatest city in the world, NYC, and ready to get busy with work again."
Jennifer Brooks recently finished playing the role of Maggie at Hilton Head's Arts Center. She is soon to be playing the role again in Georgia and Kansas. Jennifer is currently residing in Manhattan with another ACL addict, Venny Carranza. You can e-mail her at
Donna McKechnie recorded her new one-woman show in front of an invited audience. Her Paper Mill Playhouse performance was a triumph. She is back at Arci's Place in NYC until Oct 13.
Bob Avian's "one night only" Dreamgirls concert was reviewed as a "tumultuous, not-to-be-missed evening" which was a "a tribute to the strebgth of the material, and to a hugely accomplished community of performers" by Ken Mandelbaum. He went on to say that it "should make a terrific (and at last complete) recording." (09.01)
Randy Clements starts rehersals soon for his next show, Cactus Flower.(09.01)
Ray Kennedy wrote to say that he is directing Smokey Joe's Cafe at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC from September 21-October 14. (09.01)
Jarrod Cafaro is performing his Cabaret act, Bliss at Don't Tell Mamma, as a benefit for the victims of the WTC attack. Details here. (09.01)
Randy Clements, who was in the Broadway and National Tours, writes, "thanks to the money I saved during those years, I'm now retired to the charming town of Granbury, Texas, where I live with my wife Elizabeth, who teaches ballet at TCU, and our prize Labrador, Hoagy." Though retired, he's still in the biz though, having recently played the Devil (Damn Yankees), Will Rogers (Will Rogers Follies "the time of my life! I'm now a HUGE star in Granbury"), Robert Livingston (1776) and Max (Lend Me a Tenor). He and Elizabeth also ballroom dance and serve on various committees, while also fixing up their home in the country. "Thank you Michael...you never knew me, but I'm eternally grateful to you." After working on the corn harvest, and before starting rehearsals for his next project (Cactus Flower), he's off to Colorado to shop for potato seeds for the spring planting. "I wish happiness for all. For those in the stock market...hang on, bet on America." (09.01)
Carole Schweid, a member of the Original Broadway Cast, wrote to say that her latest project is a one-woman show about Agnes de Mille. She has perfomed the show in theatres, colleges, libraries and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The show's website is http://www.agnesdemilledancer.com. "The website is a wonderful treat for all of us who have ever been involved with the show. It's beautiful and fun and very well done." (09.01)
Ross Coleman, who played Paul in Australia, lives in Sydney. He is currently directing a production of Turandot in New Zealand. (09.01)
Sammy Williams, Broadway's original Paul, is starring in a new show, Too Old to Be in the Chorus. He hopes to bring it to NYC soon. (09.01)
Thommie Walsh, ACL's original Bobby, is currently working with Donna McKechnie on her one-woman show. They are bringing it to the Paper Mill Playhouse on October 2.
Luis Villabon has been associated with A Chorus Line since 1992. He has played Paul in ten different productions in, among other places, Atlantic City, Sacramento, Austin, and Montreal, as well as with the European Tour (1995-96) and the Equity National Tour (1996-97). He has also played Mike at the North Shore Music Theater. His most recent production is the Summer 2001 Tour.
Luis was featured as the Naked Maid in Naked Boys Singing! and was recently Assistant Director/Choreographer to Baayork Lee for a production of A New Brain at the Clark Studio Theater in NYC. He serves as director/choreographer for Deborah Cooper, formerly of C&C Music Factory. (She is known for the smash-hit club singles Deeper Love (Pride), Keep It Coming, Reach and the Billboard Charts number one hit Are You Satisfied?) Additionally he is a Board member and Director/ Choreographer for the Children's Foundation for the Arts. (08.01)
Luis has just been brought on by Paula Abdul as assistant choreographer for her upcoming production of Reefer Madness. (09.01)
David Stafford, who played Don on Broadway, wrote in to say "Though I've been out of the businees now for almost ten years, I credit that show with allowing me to make some incredible friends, many with whom I'm still very close. The show also gave me some of the greatest memories of my lifetime....Good luck with the website...it's great to see so many names from the past!" (09.01)
Michaerl Serrecchia, Broadway's original Frank, wrote to say that he moved to Dallas in 1985. "I now, with two partners, have an art Gallery in the design district in Dallas. This is another dream come true. (www.banksfineart.com) Also I have a Theatre Company, again with two partners. We are currently doing a production of Pageant. (www.TheCrossroadsTheatre.com)" (09.01)
Suzen Murakoshi, who played Connie and Broadway and on Tour ("I was allowed to step intoBaayork's huge Connie Wong shoes by the Queen herself."), studied at the Actors Studio Drama School and received an MFA. She is a playwright/actor and is "still hanging tuff in the biz." She wrote and acted in a 2-hander produced by LaMaMa at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she got great press and received an acting award nomination. She "still does commercial work...pounds pavement...sends out her plays...does readings...snowboards...loves life." (09.01)
Donna McKechnie, Broadway's original Cassie, has been performing in Come Back Little Sheba. On October 2 she's bringing her own show to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. (09.01)
Erin Hunter (Jennings), who played Kristine and Val, writes that she "married a wonderful guy named Charles (Chip) Jennings - it will be two years this November! We are living on 42nd Street in a great buliding. We want kids, "just not right away" hee hee." She reports that she's till in the biz teaching dance, taking classes, performing musical theater and concert dance, and auditioning - "of course!" Erin also reports that "Sis Faith is also in the City and dancing - she and her husband just had a beautiful baby girl named Jillian." (09.01)
Robin Lewis, who has played Don and understudied Zach, is currently in FOSSE. He lives in Newark with his partner of 5 years, Todd Dellinger. They have two Golden Retreivers, Manga and Macy. (09.01)
Debbie Hughson-Williams, who has played Vicki, Val and Cassie, still lives in NYC. She married Ron Williams on August 5, 2000. They are working on a neww comedy, The Dentist, that will play at The Duplex the last week of September. Her website is http://www.folksites.com/debbiewilliams.(09.01)
Mikel Gambuto and Kimberly Dawn (KD) Smith wrote to say that they are presenting A Chorus Line at Naples Dinner Theatre in Naples, FL. Rehearsals begin October 5 and the show runs from October 25 through December 9. The production will be Directed and Choreographed by KD, with Mikel serving as Tech Consultant. "KD, as always, will recreate the original staging and directing. If any 'family' are in the area, we would LOVE if you could come and visit us." (09.01)
Tino Gagliardi, who played trumpet on the 1988 Worldwide Tour, and his wife Yukiko (Kinase), who was an interpreter for the Japanese on the same tour, are the prod parents of a new baby girl, Analisa Miyuki Gagliardi. They met on the tour and Analisa is their third child. "She's already a handful. With the help of our daughter, Celia Mika, 9, and our son Anthony Dai, 6, we are managing beautifully." (See bulletin board for a photo of the three of them.) (09.01)
Jim Athens has been involved in eleven productions of A Chorus Line, playing Bobby, Greg, Al, Don and Larry. Among his credits are European Tour 1990-91 and "Broadway Tour of America". He stopped performing in 1994 after playing Bobby/Dance Captain at the North Carolia Theatre. He writes, "The only thing I miss about being on stage...doing this show!!"Jim later moved into stage management and is currently an Assistant Stage Manager for Les Miz on Broadway. (08.01)
Douglas Bates, who played Al in the International American Company (1980-81), changed his name when he joined SAG. He is now known as Douglas Graham. Doug finished the National Tour of CHICAGO in Las Vegas, then went on to teach dance in Delaware for the past year. He is currently back in NYC "and loving it!" he writes. "I got my massage therapy license so I have a great bread and butter that I really love doing." (08.01)
Kelly Bishop, Broadway's original Sheila, is in her second year of the WB TV series Gilmore Girlsout in LA. (08.01)
Michelle Bruckner, who played Sheila in regional, national and international companies, just finished a two year run with the National Tour of Chicago. She also briefly played Go to Hell Kitty on Broadway. Her best friend for twn years has been Luis Villabon, who has played Paul in many productions of ACL. She is spending the summer with her husband Paul Delcioppe and their new daughter Angelica Carmen, born on June 12, 2001. Her big dream is to play Sheila in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. (08.01)
Jarrod Cafaro recently played Mary Sunshine in the National Tour ofCHICAGO. He has also been busy doing cabaret, receiving a MAC nomination in 1999 for his debut show. He writes that he is "living in New York,...and happy as hell." Check out his website at: http://www.members.aol.com/Jarrodcaf/page (08.01)
Kay Cole, who originated the role of Maggie Winslow on Broadway,was recently in a production of Do I Hear a Waltz. (08.01)
David A. Combs, who has played Don, Mike and Mark, is understudying "Lumiere" in the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast. (08.01)
Sarah Creech, a junior in high school, recently played Trisha in the Don Hite Production at The Self Family Arts Center in Hilton Head. She writes that she is "busy dancing and working in other musicals." (08.01)
Jonathan Deans, the sound mixer for the International Company in London and later the US Tour, is currently a sound designer. (08.01)
Jason DeBord was Associate Conductor with the 1996-97 Equity Truck and Bus Tour. He is curretly living in New York with his wife Jennifer (they got engaged while on the road with ACL). He is currently Assistant Music Director of BatBoy The Musical at the Union Square Theatre. (8.01)
Ron Dennis, who originated the role of Richie Walters on Broadway,is spending time with The Grave White Way this summer. (08.01)
Becky Garrett, who has played Bebe and Sheila, has gone on to work as a Stage Manager for A Secret Garden, Cats, Annie, Grease, Noises Off and Fosse. She is currently "subbing" at The Full Monty. (08.01)
Michael Goddard, who has played Greg (Myrtle Beach, Syracuse 1999, Moonlight Amphitheatre, San Diego 1992) and Bobby (Theatrefest, Montclair, NJ) has been living in NY since 1995. He has just started rehearsals for his Broadway debut in the Harry Connick, Jr./David Thompson musical Thou Shalt Not, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. The show opens October 25. (08.01)
Colleen Hawks who played Val on the high seas is now playing Judy in the 2001 Tour. In the past two years she debuted both Off-Broadway (Shake That Thing, MTC's The Wild Party) and on Broadway (Smokey Joe's Cafe). She writes, "I currently live in NYC with my two cats, and have a wonderful boyfriend, Randall Patterson. My biggest fan club: my Mom and my sister, Lenore."(08.01)
Mark S. Hoebee who played Mike (Broadway National Tour) and Don in the 1985 stock production, is Associate Director for Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, which will be hosting the 2001 National Tour beginning September 5.
After many years performing on Broadway (Victor/Victoria, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Nick & Nora, Jerome Robbin's Broadway) and Tour (A Chorus Line, Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity (w/Donna McKechnie), Camelot (w/ Richard Harris) The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), he is now a Director ( including Victor/Victoria 1st and 2nd National Tours, COMPANY National Tour, Dreamgirls at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Kiss Me Kate at the Sacramento Civic Light Opera) and Choreographer (Touched by an Angel Episode 411 with Carol Burnett, Carrie Hamilton, Rita Moreno, Carol Chaning and Tim Conway). He lives in Maplewood with his partner Larry Elardo. They have a son Stephen (2 1/2 yrs.) (08.01)
Laura Hornberger, who has played Sheila (La Commedia, Ohio) and Kristine (Austin Musical Theatre), is "currently in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career (who isn't)." She is playing Petra in A Little Night Music, starring John Rubenstein, at Interact Theatre Company. She writes, "I am involved with someone (not married...yet) and have no children." (08.01)
Michael D. Jablonski who played Mark in last Fall's Austin Musical Theatre's production of ACL, went on to be Dance Captain and Swing for the National Tour of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, directed by Thommie Walsh and Cynthia Onrubia. (08.01)
Diana Kavilis, who played Val for the last 15 months on Broadway and later went on to play Cassie in several productions, was most recently in Martin Guerre. She writes that she spends, "most of my time with my husband of seventeen years and my two little girls, Jenna (6) and Nicole (3)."
Baayork Lee originated the role of Connie on Broadway. She has directed and choreographed numerous productions of A Chorus Line in many corners of the world. She is also one of the authors of On the Line which is based on the recollections of the members of the Original Broadway Cast.
Currently she is directing a National Tour of ACL and recently directed a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Germany. (08.01)
Neal Richard Lee, who played Don in Daytona Beach (1994) is playing Carnival Boy in Carousel at West Virginia Public Theatre. Upcoming shows: West Side Story at Tennessee Rep and Zorba at North Shore. (08.01)
Jannet Moranz who played Judy on Broadway and on tour, is working in Human Resources with Fifth Third Bank in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She writes "What a scream...when we played Flint the summer of '84 I had no idea where I was on the map. Who would have thought I would someday grow old here." Jannet married Brad Moranz, another ACL alumnus, in 1980. They divorced in 1986. "Thanks for the gifts anyway guys. I'm probably still enjoying them." Jannet and Brad have two ACL babies: Whitney Jade who is 18 and off to college this Fall, and Daryn Blake. Both of them dance.
She adds, "P.S. I'm still thin...just not AS thin." (08.01)
Alana J. Morgan, the Lighting Designer for the recent Don Hite Production in Hilton Head continues as Lighting Director at the Self Family Arts Center. (08.01)
Merete Muenter who has played Maggie (Bus & Truck 93), Bebe (Seaside Music Theater 94, North Caroline Theater 94) and Diana (Colonial Theater, Westerly, RI 97) is "still auditioning and performing." She recently performed in "Broadway Bares" at Roseland for BC/EFA. Between performing gigs she works at the Jujamcyn Broadway Theatre Organization. Their shows include The Full Monty, Kiss Me, Kate, Proof and The Producers. "I'm fascinated by everything on and off the stage." (08.01)
Stephen Nachamie, who has played Mike, Mark and Paul and has also directed and choreographed ACL is currently acting and directing in NY. His website is: http://www.hometown.aol.com/esteve1012 (08.01)Kimberly Dawn Neumann, who played Val in the First National Tour, is currently on tour with the First National Tour of Kiss Me Kate understudying the supporting lead role of "Lois/Bianca." She just finished almost a year on Broadway playing Sylvia Potter-Porter and understudying Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. She also played in Ragtime on Broadway and in Chicago. When not on tour she still resides in NY. "Looking forward to the next big thing!" Look for her by-line in upcoming issues of FITNESS magazine and others. "Love to all my ACL cast mates...that tour was still a highlight in my life and I made several forever friends from that group." (08.01)
Gina Paglia began in A Chorus Line as Barbara, understudy to Bebe and Diana in the first International company that began in Toronto in the spring of 1976. The show went on to play six months in London's West End at the Drury Lane Theater. There, Gina took over the role of Diana and continued in the role when the company toured the following cities, Baltimore, Detroit, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
Currently, Gina is a full-time ESL (English Second Language) teacher in Edison, NJ. She also sings in the band Revelation, a popular group that works frequently in the tri-state area. Gina takes class, participates in opera workshops, and collects animation art. She is looking forward to contributing articles and other A Chorus Line memorabilia in the months to come. (08.01)
Scott Pearson, who has playeed Zach on Broadway, as well as in National, Australia, Bus & Truck Tour, European and World Tours, along with directing and recreating the original choreography for several regional productions, is living in San Francisco with Buggs, a 17 lb. Persian. Though no longer acting, he is still in the biz as Director of Foreign Licensing for Falcon Studios, the largest producer of gay male erotica in the world. His accounts cover Australia, Japan, South Africa, Canada and northern Europe. (08.01)
Jonny J Peterson played Paul in the1997 UK national tour. He immigratedto the USA and recently finished the National Tour of Cabaret, playing the Emcee. "Living in New York for the time being, till I hear those 'voices' again and decide to move on." (08.01)
Porter Pickard, who has played Mark, Bobby and Larry, lives in NYC, "persuing show business." He writes, records and produces pop music with HipBone Records, an independent label owned by two other ACL Family members, Vicki Bell (Val) and Ray Grappone (percussion) who met on the 1987 World Tour. He is also an active member of The Barrow Group Acting School. (08.01)
Elizabeth Polito, who has played Bebe in Hawaii, Taiwan, Singapore and the lower 48 will be in Sweet Charity at Theatre By the Sea in Rhode Island from August-September. (08.01)
Jose Rivera, who has costumed over a dozen productions of ACL over the last 15 years, currently resides in Los Angeles. He is working as a designer in the film/television industry. Recent credits include: The Perfect Wife (Lifetime Network), Groucho: A Life in Revue (PBS Great Performances) and The Perfect Nanny (USA Network). (08.01)
Michael SanGiovanni, who has played Al, Bobby and Greg, continues to perform in a variety of shows. He writes, "I love this show!...I feel a great connection to the piece and would do it again and again..." (08.01)
Lindsay Schneider, who played Val for Theatre Arts Workshop in Armonk, NY, is assistant choreographer for their production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and an original piece based on Sleeping Beauty, entitled Fractured Fairytale. She is also perfoming in Footloose( dance captain as well), A Tribute to Irving Berlin and And Then There Were None. She writes, "I am waiting for the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway so I can play Val, Sheila or Judy. (08.01)"
Kim Shriver, Sheila in the National Tour, writes, "After this many productions (nine) I'm still not tired of the show and I don't think I will ever be. Thank you Michael Bennett for creating a show so that we "chorus dancers" could have a chance to realize wa can act too." (08.01)
Alphonse Stephenson began as Music Director of the National Tour in August of 1980 in Dallas, which eventually became the Bus and Truck Company. He worked with them until October 1982. In 1984, after being offered the job by Michael Bennett, he began conducting the New York company until 1987, while working in a parish as a Catholic priest.
In 1987, he formed the Orchestra of St. Peter By The Sea (www.orchsp.com), an all professional, union orchestra which helps not for profit organizations in their fund raising activities. "To date, we've raised over 7 Million dollars for churches, schools, colleges and hospitals." In 1989, he joined the US Air Force as a Chaplain and is now serving as a Lieutenant Colonel at Mc Guire Air Force Base in New Jersey.
"Michael was and is a great friend. I pray for him daily; and I feel strongly that he does the same for all of us." (08.01)
Alec Timerman played the role of Mark in the 1985 A Chorus Line tour which played in the US and Japan. It was then that he "had the honor of working and becoming friends with Nick Dante, who played Paul for the first time in our production. Among others in our company were Donna McKechnie, Nancy Lane, Carol Schweid, Rita O'Conner, Roy Smith, Frank Cruz, Darlene Wilson, Melinda Buckley, Kevin Chinn, Michael Gorman and Laurie Gamache.
He goes on to say, "Yes, I'm still plugging away at the biz. I played Mike in the Sacramento Music Circus production two years ago. I toured with Liza Minelli last year and am now playing lead roles in regional theater productions, while still trying to chip away at the all elusive TV/FILM end of things." (08.01)
Robert Tunstall, who has play Bobby, Mark, Don and Tom, along with serving as Assistant Stage Manager, is currently playing Bobby on Theatre of the Stars' Summer Tour.
Michael Watson, who played Don in the original 1986 European Tour and has worked with Baayork on various projects, is currently a playwright with a new play called Too Far In. He also directs. "Still working with cast members Donna Drake and Patti D'Beck. And grew up with Baayork Lee." (08.01)