Michael Serrecchia, KD Musical Theatre Chair, Returns from NY from a 40th Reunion of Broadway’s Hit, A Chorus Line

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KD Conservatory’s instructors are still making an impact on the industry by having Michael Serrecchia, KD Musical Theatre Chair, return on April 16, 2015.

A special 40th anniversary tribute to A Chorus Line took place on Thursday, April 16 in honor of the first performance of this legendary musical that premiered in The Public’s Newman Theater 40 years ago. Michael Serrecchia, KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Chair, was a part of this celebration as one of the original cast members of A Chorus Line.

To commemorate this landmark event, the cast of the critically-acclaimed musical Hamilton, currently playing on the same Newman stage, presented original cast members of A Chorus Line with a plaque that will hang in the Ford Foundation Lobby of The Public.

“Forty years ago A Chorus Line opened at The Public, and changed everything about the way American musicals were created. Who gets to star in this, what they could be about, and above all, how tens of millions of people could embrace them,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.

A Chorus Line first premiered at The Public Theater on April 16, 1975 with a book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch. The musical 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, including Best Book, Best Score, Best Director, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, Donna McKechnie as Best Actress, Kelly Bishop for Best Featured Actress, and Samuel Williams for Best Featured Actor. Additionally it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as a special Tony Award in 1984 for Longest-Running Broadway Musical.

Forty years ago A Chorus Line opened at The Public, and changed everything about the way American musicals were created. Who gets to star in this, what they could be about, and above all, how tens of millions of people could embrace them,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.

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KD Conservatory (http://www.kdconservatory.edu/) is still enrolling for the June semester for both the Acting Performance as well as the Musical Theatre Associate’s Degree. Part of what makes KD Conservatory so unique is their instructors who continue to work in the entertainment industry. This keeps the instruction relevant for current students. KD Conservatory, College of Film & Dramatic arts offers free tours to college hopefuls who want intense, focused instruction in their field of study.

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