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John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions announced ... that "Extra TV" host and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Mario Lopez will make his Broadway debut joining the cast of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical A Chorus Line beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St). Mr. Lopez will play Zach, the demanding director who is casting the chorus roles for a new Broadway musical, through Sunday, September 7, 2008. "Mario is an enormously talented actor and dancer and we are thrilled to have him make his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line," said producer John Breglio. "His talents and charm will transfer beautifully to the Broadway stage." "Every actor dreams about appearing on a Broadway stage. I have as well, and have been searching for the right time and opportunity," said Mario Lopez. "A Chorus Line is a legendary musical and I am so honored to have been chosen to join the amazing cast and be a part of the Broadway family."
I've never seen A Chorus Line so I'm not sure what the scope of Mario's character will be ... but if Ashlee Simpson and Kelly Osbourne are capable of acting in big theater productions (tho, it should be specified that both ladies performed in West End productions of Chicago in London, not in NYC on Broadway) then I don't see why Mario can't do the same. He looks the part ... I guess we'll have to wait and see if the can act the part, too. [Source]