UPDATE: The Wick postponed performances of this show after Saturday’s opening night. “Unfortunately, after this Saturday and Sunday’s performances, we will need to postpone this show out of an abundance of caution. Your safety and well-being are paramount to us,” executive producer Marilynn Wick said via email.
Mitzi Hamilton directed and choregraphed 50 “A Chorus Line” shows on three continents. Jessica Lee Goldyn took on two roles in the Broadway revival with Mario Lopez. Then starred in productions in regional theaters around the country.
Now they working together again in The Wick Theatre’s production through April 12.
Goldyn plays Cassie and assists Hamilton teaching the show. “I’ve played Cassie many times, especially with Mitzi Hamilton,” she said during a break in rehearsals. “She truly believes in casting the role so the essence of the actor comes through. She allows you to be you.”
With a score by Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Bennett’s original and the revival won nine Tony’s, the Pulitzer for drama and a Drama Desk Award. It turns 45 this year, Goldyn noted. “It’s a perfect book and won a Pulitzer Prize for a reason. That’s the hard thing about revivals. To make this feel fresh,” she said.
The plot centers around director Zach’s grueling auditions to thin down the final 16 performers to eight for his new musical. Tom Berklund, who plays Zach in this show, was another character in the most recent revival.
“It’s a play with music and dancing,” Goldyn said. “It’s a physical challenge. We dance hard and then stand online a good amount of the time.
“It’s not just for people with a connection to dance. It speaks to everyone.”
Opening night is Saturday with matinee and evening performances Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets are $65 to $95 at https://thewick.org/ or through the box office open daily at 561-995-2333. The Wick Theatre and Broadway and theater costume collections museum is at 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca.
By Marci Shatzman