Artists closely involved with the original productions of A Chorus Line, Contact, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Promises, Promises and 42nd Street will coach classic dance numbers from the shows for a benefit evening. The American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) event will take place at New York City Center, Studio Five on November 11.
Cassie from the original 1975 A Chorus Line, Tony winner Donna McKechnie, will coach Michael Bennett's legendary Tony-winning choreography to the musical's “Music and the Mirror." The number will feature Jessica Lee Goldyn, who starred in A Chorus Line’s 2006 Broadway revival.
McKechnie will be joined by Baayork Lee (Connie in the original A Chorus Line) along with Margo Sappington, to stage “Turkey Lurkey” from the Bennett-choreographed Promises, Promises. The number will also feature Goldyn alongside Rosie Lani Fiedelman and Mara Davi. “Mr. Monotony” from Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, will use choreography by the late five-time Tony winner, two-time Oscar winner and Kennedy Center Honor recipient Jerome Robbins and be staged by Robert La Fosse. The number will feature Chicago's Amra-Faye Wright along with guest artists from New York City Ballet, Georgina Pazcoguin, Amar Ramasar and Daniel Ulbricht. “Simply Irresistible” from Contact, will have choreography by Tony winner Susan Stroman and be staged by Tome’ Cousin, assisted by Leeanna Smith and feature Naomi Kakuk, among others. There will also be a tap performance from 42nd Street, with choreography by Randy Skinner and again featuring Davi.
Directed by Margo Sappington, the evening will feature live music with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz.