CELEBRATING A CHORUS LINE: Today in 1975, The Musical “A Chorus Line” opened at The Shubert Theatre after their Public Theater Run!

New York, NY – Celebrating the musical A CHORUS LINE. Today in 1975 the musical A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theater after their run at The Public Theater.

Marvin Hamlisch & A Chorus Line. 1975

Marvin Hamlisch & A Chorus Line. 1975

A Chorus Line opened Off Broadway at The Public Theater on April 15, 1975. At the time, the Public did not have enough resources to finance the production. They had to borrow money in order to produce the show. (The tickets sold quickly!)

Advance word had created such a demand for tickets that the entire run sold out immediately.

Producer Joseph Papp moved the production to Broadway, and on July 25, 1975 it opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 6,137 performances until April 28, 1990.

A Chorus Line in London 2012

A Chorus Line in London 2012

The musical was formed from several taped workshop sessions with Broadway dancers, known as “gypsies,” including eight who eventually appeared in the original cast.

LISTEN:

Listen to Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban sing their hearts out during their preparation for the workshops for the Original Broadway Musical A CHORUS LINE (1975) — Remembering Ed Kleban (1939–1987) and Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012) with love…Team Marvin Hamlisch. May 3, 1974: Michael Bennett called. “Marvin, I know you’re probably stuck in Hollywood…

During the workshop sessions, random characters would be chosen at the end for the chorus jobs, resulting in genuine surprise among the cast. Subsequent productions, however, have the same set of characters winning the slots. Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote A Chorus Line’s winning score, recalls how in its first previews audiences seemed put off by something in the story. Actress Marsha Mason told Bennett what it was and he changed it.

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Phantom of the Opera:  11015

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A Chorus Line 6137

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Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch


 

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