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Video: The cast of HAMILTON at The Public Theater pays tribute to A Chorus Line on the 40th anniversary of its first performance in the Newman Theater at The Public

The cast of HAMILTON at The Public Theater, led by Lin-Manuel Miranda paid tribute to A Chorus Line on the 40th anniversary of its first performance in the Newman Theater at The Public on April 16, 2015, by performing “What I Did for Love” after their curtain call. They were joined onstage by original cast members of A Chorus Line.

The complete cast of HAMILTON features Carleigh Bettiol (Ensemble); Andrew Chappelle (Swing); Ariana DeBose (Ensemble); Alysha Deslorieux (Swing); Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson); Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler); Jonathan Groff (King George); Sydney James Harcourt (Ensemble); Sasha Hutchings (Ensemble); Christopher Jackson (George Washington); Thayne Jasperson (Ensemble); Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds); Stephanie Klemons (Swing); Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton); Javier Muñoz (Hamilton Standby); Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr); Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison); Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton); Jon Rua (Ensemble); Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton); Seth Stewart (Ensemble); Betsy Struxness (Ensemble); Ephraim Sykes (Ensemble); and Voltaire Wade-Greene (Swing).

Public Theater Executive Director Oskar Eustis unveiled the model of a plaque that will be installed in the lobby of the Public marking it as the birthplace of the long-running musical about the lives of Broadway dancers.

The plaque reads, “The Newman Theatre, Birthplace of the one singular sensation, A Chorus Line where every little step and thrilling combination began. And changed everything.” Click below to read Eustis’ speech.

A CHORUS LINE, first staged in The Public’s Newman Theater in 1975, features a book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch. The show was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett and later transferred to Broadway to win the 1976 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as eight other Tony Awards. The original Public Theater cast featured Kelly Bishop as Sheila, Robert LuPone as Zach, and Donna McKechnie as Cassie Ferguson.

Original cast members of A Chorus Line reunited at The Public Theater on April 16, 2015, for a tribute to the 40th anniversary by the cast of Hamilton and The Public Theater. Photo by Tammy Shell

Original cast members of A Chorus Line reunited at The Public Theater on April 16, 2015, for a tribute to the 40th anniversary by the cast of Hamilton and The Public Theater. Photo by Tammy Shell

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The Original Broadway Cast 

Scott Allen . . . . Roy
Renee Baughman . . . .Kristine
Carole Bishop . . . . Sheila
Pamela Blair . . . . Val
Wayne Cilento . . . . Mike
Chuck Cissel . . . . Butch
Clive Clerk . . . . Larry
Kay Cole . . . Maggie
Ronald Dennis . . . . Richie
Donna Drake . . . . Tricia
Brandt Edwards . . . . Tom
Patricia Garland . . . . Judy
Carolyn Kirsch . . . . Lois
Ron Kuhlman . . . . Don
Nancy Lane . . . . Bebe
Baayork Lee . . . . Connie
Priscilla Lopez . . . . Diana
Robert LuPone . . . . Zach
Cameron Mason . . . . Mark
Donna McKechnie . . . . Cassie
Don Percassi . . . . Al
Michael Serrecchia . . . . Frank
Michel Stuart . . . . Greg
Thomas J. Walsh . . . . Bobby
Sammy Williams . . . . Paul
Crissy Wilzak . . . . Vicki

Coverage of the Musical Tribute at The Public Theater

wsj.com: ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Chorus Line’ Casts Celebrate 40 Years at the Public Theater

nytimes.com: Cast of ‘Hamilton’ Pays Tribute to ‘A Chorus Line’ With a Song

broadwayworld.com: A Backstage Look As HAMILTON Pays Tribute To A CHORUS LINE For 40th Anniversary With Original Cast

lamag.com: An Homage to A Chorus Line

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.: 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women Open Call
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April 26: The 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Artist Spotlight- Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR
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