Tickets on Sale This Sunday for Broadway-Bound GOTTA DANCE in Chicago
One remarkable dance team. One big chance. One small twist. You gotta be over 60. Broadway In Chicago and Producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke announced the individual tickets for GOTTA DANCE, the new Broadway-bound musical about professional basketball's first ever aged 60-and-older dance team, go on-sale to the public on Sunday, September 13. GOTTA DANCE begins performances on December 13, 2015 and runs through January 10, 2016 at Broadway In Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe St, Chicago).
From the director/choreographer of Kinky Boots comes the incredible true story of ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major NBA team. They have three things in common: they love to dance, they have something to prove, and they are all over 60. It isn't until they make the cut that they find out they won't be dancing tap, salsa or swing-they are going to bring down the house with a style that's entirely new to them: hip hop. Don't miss this original Broadway-bound musical about a group of ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams as they battle pain, prejudice, self-doubt and each other for a chance to bust a move at center court in front of 20 thousand screaming fans.
Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Tony Award nominee André De Shields, five-time Emmy Award nominee Georgia Engel, Tony Award-winner Lillias White, television and film icon Stefanie Powers (making her Broadway debut) and Nancy Ticotin are set to star in the pre-Broadway world premiere of GOTTA DANCE. The cast also features Tracy Jai Edwards, Madeleine Doherty, Kay Walbye, Lenora Nemetz, Alexander Aguilar, Colbe Lewis, Diane Findlay and Paul Castelon.
GOTTA DANCE brings together an all-star creative team that includes a book by Tony Award-nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin) and Tony Award-winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), music by Tony Award nominee Matthew Sklar (Elf) and lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), with additional music by Marvin Hamlisch (an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar winner) and direction and choreography by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots).
The creative team of GOTTA DANCE reunites Mitchell with his Kinky Boots collaborators, including five time Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design) and Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), along with Nick Kenkel (Co-Choreography), four-time Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Tony Award-winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Charlie Alterman (Musical Director) and Telsey + Company (Casting).
Tickets for GOTTA DANCE at the Bank of America Theatre range from $38 -$105. A select number of premium tickets are available for many performances. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Tracy Jai Edwards. This Texas girl is beyond excited and honored to return to the Broadway stage with this incredible production and team! Her Broadway credits include Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and Serena in Legally Blonde on Broadway as well as MTV. She has worked Off-Broadway and regionally/internationally in shows such as The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Ann-Margaret's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Guys and Dolls, Grease das Musical and many more. Her TV credits include "Law and Order:SVU," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "White Collar" and "Mercy" to name a few. A million thank you's to my incredible Parents, amazing Friends, Evan, and Tony for believing in me and inspiring me to return to my heart!
Madeleine Doherty. Broadway: Gigi (original cast-revival), The Producers (original cast, Hold-Me-Touch-Me), A Christmas Carol (original cast), Sister Act (original cast, Sister Mary Theresa), Les Miserable (Mme. Thenadier, Dance Captain). Regional: The Guthrie Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburg Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theater, Hollywood Bowl, The York Theater and more. National Tours: Flashdance (Hannah), The Pirates Of Penzance (Edith), 25th Anniversary of Stop The World starring Anthony Newley, 101 Dalmatians and 9 to 5.
Kay Walbye. Broadway: Titanic, Urinetown, The Secret Garden, Run for Your Wife (original companies), Grease, The Rose Tattoo (Circle in the Square). ENCORES!: Juno, Bye Bye Birdie. Regional: Damn Yankees(Helen Hayes nomination, Arena Stage), Damn Yankees(IRNE nomination, North Shore Music Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), A Christmas Memory (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Pygmalion (Alley Theatre), Oklahoma (Sacramento Music Circus), The Front Page (Williamstown).
Lenora Nemetz. One of a rare breed of performers in musical theatre today, Lenora has acted and sang and danced her way across the continent for over 4 decades. Lenora first appeared on Broadway in the original Hal Prince production of Cabaret with Lotte Lenya. A protege of Bob Fosse, Lenora was simultaneously the standby for Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli in the original Broadway production of Chicago. Lenora ultimately went on to replace Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly garnering rave reviews . For her performance as Dolores Dante in the Stephen Schwartz Broadway production of Stud Terkel's Working, Lenora won a Drama Desk nomination. At Broadway's Biltmore Theatre, she starred opposite the original Boy From Oz, Peter Allen, in Up In One. Lenora was again reunited on stage with Chita Rivera while standing by for Liza in the Broadway's The Rink. Audiences were delighted to find Lenora on the stage of the New York City Opera where she played Gladys in their revival of Pajama Game. Most recently Lenora regaled theatergoers as Miss Cratchitt and Miss Mazeppa the trumpet playing stripper in the acclaimed Tony award winning revival of Gypsy. As standby for Patti LuPone, Lenora enthralled audiences when she took the stage as Madame (Mama) Rose. Her Broadway National tours include Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity, Bye Bye Birdie opposite Tommy Tune, the Mendez/Marshall revival of Cabaret and Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis. Among her television appearances: Flora in "Flora the Red Menace;" Ellie Mae Chippley in "Showboat;" "Leonard Bernstein's 60th Birthday A Celebration" at Wolftrap. Lenora has been entertaining Pittsburgher's from every theatrical corner of the city and is inspired by teaching and guiding the young talents of our future Broadway stars.
Alexander Aguilar. Alex is honored to be a part of this incredible production! Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. National Tour: Memphis. Proud graduate of The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Many thanks to the entire creative team, Craig Burns, CGF Talent, family, friends and Stump.
Colby Lewis. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Colby is thankful to God to be in this amazing production! Regional: One Night In Miami, To Kill A Mockingbird, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, Hairspray, Intimate Apparel, A Funny Thing..., The Winter's Tale, Titus Andronicus. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Connecticut. As an actor and athletic performer (basketball), he has appeared numerous times on the CW's One Tree Hill. He is eternally grateful to Dori, Bill, Jerry, the entire creative team, Telsey, my family, friends and mentors for trusting and believing.
Diane J. Findlay . Broadway: Larry David's "Fish In The Dark. New York Credits: Angelina and Chi-Chi in Flamingo Court, Hortense in Gay Divorce, Minnie Marx in Minnie's Boys. Encore's Follies, 70 Girls 70. 1st National Company of Sister Act for which she was nominated for her portrayal of Sister Mary Lazarus and the recipient of the LA Theatre Circle Award 2013. Marge McDougal in Promises, Promises. She also appeared as Maggie Jones and Dorothy Brock in two different International Touring Companies of 42nd Street. Ms. Findlay has appeared in numerous Regional Theater productions, most notably as Mother Mucca in A.C.T.'s production of Tales Of The City, for which she received a nomination by the S.F. Bay Area Theatre Circle 2011 Awards. She has portrayed both Ousier and Claree in productions of Steel Magnolias, Rev. Mother in Nunsense, Lucile Ball in I Loved Lucy, Hannah in The Spitfire Grill, Jeanette in The Full Monty, Mdm. Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Mame and Vera in Mame, Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Nora in Beacon Hill Book Club, Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl to name a few. Television Credits: Many Daytime Soaps, a Pilot entitled "Middle Ages," "Friends Of The People," "Law & Order." Film Credits: "Producers," "Gammera," "Inside Llewyn Davis." Ms. Findlay is the recipient of the Las Vegas Female Performer of the Year Award for Hallelujah Hollywood, MGM Grand Hotel.
Paula Caselton. Broadway Debut! A Dream Come True! So excited to be part of GOTTA DANCE! Regional: North Shore Music Theatre: Chicago (Go To Hell Kitty) Other: PEEPSHOW (Swing/Dance Captain). She has traveled the world as a featured dancer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and currently is an Install Director for Celebrity Cruises Productions. Thanks to the creative team and MSA!