Lopez also appeared on Broadway in the critically-acclaimed play Anna in the Tropics in 2003. Lopez finally achieved critical and popular success as a replacement in two shows, Stephen Sondheim's Company (1970), followed by Pippin in 1972. Two years later, she was invited by director and choreographer Michael Bennett to participate in a series of tape-recorded group therapy-style sessions in which chorus boys and girls - AKA "Gypsies" - bared their souls and discussed their lives, dreams, and frustrations. From this emerged A Chorus Line (1975), and Lopez was invited to join the cast portraying Diana Morales, a character patterned very much after herself, and in which she introduced the hit song "What I Did for Love". In her next production, A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine (1980), Lopez stepped out of the ensemble and into the spotlight, utilizing both her comedic and vocal skills. The show had two acts, the first a mini-musical by Dick Vosburgh and Frank Lazarus with additional material by Jerry Herman about the early days of movie making, the second a send-up of the slapstick Marx Brothers movies, with Lopez in the role of Harpo.
Both she and the show received rave reviews, and it ran nearly a year-and-a-half. And for this, she earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. In 1982, Tommy Tune, with whom she had worked in Hollywood/Ukraine, hired her as his assistant on Nine, the musical version of the Federico Fellini film 8½. Midway through the run, she joined the cast as a performer.
Currently she can be seen as Camilla in the Broadway production of "In the Heights". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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