Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Robert Fairchild, Mara Davi, Jason Tam, J. Elaine Marcos, Sabrina Bryan & More Set for Baayork Lee Helmed A CHORUS LINE at The Hollywood Bowl, July 29-31

Baayork Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Baayork Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Casting for the Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of A Chorus Line, which won the Tony® Award for Best Musical, has been announced: Sabrina Bryan as Valerie Clark, Robert Fairchild as Mike Costa, Spencer Liff as Larry, Ross Lynch as Mark Anthony, in addition to Mara Davi as Maggie Winslow, Denis Lambert as Gregory Gardner, J. Elaine Marcos as Connie Wong, Jason Tam as Paul San Marco, and Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila Bryant. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

A Chorus Line will 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.

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.

Sabrina Bryan appeared as Dorinda Thomas in Disney’s “The Cheetah Girls” series. She has also appeared on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” as well as ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”.

Robert Fairchild recently starred as Jerry Mulligan in the original Broadway production of An American in Paris, for which he won the Drama Desk® Award and was nominated for a Tony® Award. He is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Spencer Liff recently choreographed the Tony® Award nominated Broadway revival of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. Liff also did the musical staging for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris. He is currently choreographing the upcoming Broadway revival of Falsettos, directed by James Lapine. He is a two-time Emmy nominee for his work on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Ross Lynch starred as ‘Austin Moon’ in the Disney Channel hit series “Austin & Ally” for 4 seasons. This role earned him 4 Kids Choice Awards for ‘Favorite TV Actor’ (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016), 2 Teen Choice Awards for ‘Choice TV Actor: Comedy’ (2014 & 2015) and the Number 1 spot on iTunes for the “Austin & Ally” soundtrack. In 2013, Lynch starred as ‘Brady’ in Disney Channel’s blockbuster Teen Beach Movie as well as the Teen Beach Movie sequel. This summer, Ross will star in Voltage Picture’s Status Update. Along with his successful acting career, Lynch is the lead singer of the Hollywood Record’s recording group R5 that continues to sell out shows around the world.

Mara Davi played Maggie in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. She’s also appeared in Broadway in Dames at Sea, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and The Drowsy Chaperone. Her TV credits include NBC’s “Smash” and CBS’ “Blue Bloods”.

Denis Lambert appeared as a replacement in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and recently appeared in Doctor Zhivago on Broadway in 2015.

J. Elaine Marcos has appeared on Broadway as Lily St. Regis in Annie, Cynthia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as well as in Broadway productions of The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Flower Drum Song and the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.

Jason Tam played Paul in the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. His incredible audition was a highlight of the 2008 documentary, Every Little Step. He has also appeared on Broadway as David in If/Then and Xander in Lysistrata Jones.

Leigh Zimmerman won the Oliver Award in 2013 for her portrayal of Sheila in the West End revival of A Chorus Line. She has appeared on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy For You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Chicago. Her film credits include Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Proof, and United 93.

Baayork Lee 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.

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.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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