A CHORUS LINE – Productions since 1975: Most Recent: Oslo / West End / Glasgow / Singapore / Sidney / Melbourne / Adelaide / Mexico / Every Little Step / U.S. Tour / Belgrade / San Juan / Broadway Revival / San Francisco / Film: A Chorus Line / Sao Paulo / Buenos Aires / Stockholm / Mexico / Toronto / West End / Broadway (1975) / Off Broadway (1975)
“A Chorus Line is based on an audition. The great thing about the show is that the audience kind of gets three shows in one. On one hand it is an amazing dance show, on the other hand it is a Broadway razzle dazzle musical with a great score by the late great MARVIN HAMLISCH, but on the other hand it is also a play.” – John Partridge (“Zach” – A Chorus Line London)
The original Broadway production opened in 1975 and ran for 6,137 performances, becoming one of the longest running productions in Broadway history along with Phantom, Cats, Chicago, Lion King, and Les Miserables among others.
Its success has spawned many successful productions worldwide:
2014 – Oslo, Norway – See Pictures – A Chorus Line Norge
2013 — The West End revival at The London Palladium Received two Laurence Olivier Award Nominations: Best Musical Revival & Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical –Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila) WON! – See Pictures – A Chorus Line London
2013 – Glasgow
2012 – Singapore
2012 — Sidney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia
2010 – Mexico
2008 — Film: Every Little Step — Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line”. Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.
2008 — 2013 United States National Tour
2007 – Belgrade
2006 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
2006 — The Revival on Broadway (The production received two Tony Award nominations in 2007)
2006 – San Francisco, CA
1985 — Film: A Chorus Line musical, directed by Richard Attenborough, starring Michael Douglas
1982 – Sao Paulo
1980 — Buenos Aires produced a successful Spanish version of A Chorus Line (to make way for a subsequent productions.)
1979 – Stockholm
1978 – Mexico
1976 – Toronto
1976 — The West End (Won Olivier Award for Best Musical that year) Also received the Evening Standard Award in 1977
1975 – Broadway
1975 – Off Broadway
2014 – A CHORUS LINE PRODUCTIONS, OSLO NORWAY:
2013 – A CHORUS LINE PRODUCTION : LONDON PALLADIUM:
2013 PRODUCTION – LONDON, UK – The show returned to London’s West End (London Palladium) for the first time since 1976 when it premiered in London (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, winning the Oliver Award for best musical.) The 2013 production was directed by original choreographer, Bob Avian, with John Partridge, Scarlett Strallen and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt. Leigh Zimmerman won the 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Sheila in this production
The hit musical is about the show business life featuring some of the greatest known musical theatre tunes including “One” (Singular Sensation), “What I did For love”, “I Can do That” “I Hope I Get It.” (Many of the tunes from the musical will linger in your memory and they will suddenly pop up on your head and you will start humming them for any reason – or for no reason at all…)
“It’s got an amazing score yet it’s also a play. It’s not one genre. There is something about the show, the energy of the show that just spurs you ahead.” -John Partridge, A Chorus Line London.
A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, the musical is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened on Broadway on July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Buffalo native Michael Bennett. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received 12 Tony Award nominations and won 9 of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Zach, the imperious, successful director running the audition.
Larry, his assistant.
Don Kerr, a married man who once worked in a strip club.
Maggie Winslow, a sweet woman who grew up in a broken home.
Mike Costa, an aggressive dancer who learned to tap at an early age.
Connie Wong, a petite Chinese-American who seems ageless.
Greg Gardner, a sassy Jewish gay man who divulges his first experience with a woman.
Cassie Ferguson, a once successful solo dancer down on her luck and a former love of Zach’s.
Sheila Bryant, a sassy, sexy, aging dancer who tells of her unhappy childhood.
Bobby Mills, Sheila’s best friend who jokes about his conservative upbringing in Buffalo, New York.
Bebe Benzenheimer, a young dancer who only feels beautiful when she dances.
Judy Turner, a tall, gawky, and quirky dancer.
Richie Walters, an enthusiastic black man who once planned to be a kindergarten teacher.
Al DeLuca, an Italian-American who takes care of his wife.
Kristine Urich (DeLuca), Al’s scatter-brained wife who can’t sing.
Val Clark, a foul-mouthed but excellent dancer who couldn’t get performing jobs because of her looks until she had plastic surgery.
Mark Anthony, the youngest dancer who recounts the time he told his priest he thought he had an STD.
Paul San Marco, a gay Puerto Rican who dropped out of high school and survived a troubled childhood.
Diana Morales, Paul’s friend, another Puerto Rican who was underestimated by her teachers.
Tricia, who has a brief vocal solo.
Vicki, who never studied ballet.
Lois, who dances like a ballerina.
Roy, who can’t get the arms right (“Wrong arms Roy”).
Butch, who gives attitude in the audition.
Tom, an all-American jock.
Frank, who looks at his feet when he dances (“headband”).
“I Hope I Get It” – Zach, Tricia, Paul and Company
“I Can Do That” – Mike
“And…” – Bobby, Richie, Val, and Judy
“At the Ballet” – Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie
“Sing!” – Kristine, Al, and Company
“Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” – Mark, Connie, and Company
“Montage Part 2: Nothing” – Diana
“Montage Part 3: Mother” – Don, Judy, Maggie, and Company
“Montage Part 4: Gimme the Ball” – Greg, Richie, and Company
“Nothing” – Diana
“Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” – Val
“The Music and the Mirror” – Cassie
“One” – Company
“The Tap Combination” – Company
“What I Did for Love” – Diana and Company
“One” (Reprise) – Company
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