“A Chorus Line” chronicles, in real time, a difficult and unusual audition for eight spots in the chorus of an unnamed Broadway musical. The show’s director, Zach, decides to use personal stories, as well as dancing ability, to help him narrow the field of 17 finalists down to the final eight. Despite early misgivings about the form the audition is taking, the finalists eventually warm up to the idea and share deep personal anecdotes that range from the hilariously embarrassing to the gut-wrenching sadness in both monologue and song form.
This acclaimed musical spectacular came from humble beginnings. Michon Peacock and Tony Stevens started a dancers’ workshop in 1974 and recorded the sessions. Some of the personal stories from those sessions became the basis for the characters and the anecdotes that populate the show we know today as “A Chorus Line.” Indeed, some of those workshop attendees were in the original cast of the show that appeared off-Broadway.
The show features several hit songs by esteemed composer, Marvin Hamlisch, including “At the Ballet,” “Nothing,” “What I Did for Love” and the show-stopping “One.” Audiences can also look forward for an impressive display of several dance forms, including tap, ballet and the show’s signature kickline. The show also features a smart, witty book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood.
The original Broadway production of “A Chorus Line” won numerous awards in the 1976 season, including a Pulitzer Prize. The original London production, launched the same year, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical in 1976. It is still one of the longest running plays in Broadway history.
Chorus Line inspires young enthusiasts who dream to make it big in Broadway. It relates to the experience of what an artist prepares for all his/her life, every minute of hard-work, hours of practice apart from every day’s struggle. “A Chorus Line” is back and is going to be staged at London this season.
“A Chorus Line” will open for previews on 2 February 2013 at the London Palladium Theatre. Press night will be on 19 February 2013. The show is scheduled to run through 13 July 2013. Tickets are available for evening performances every Monday through Saturday and for matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Evening performances start at 7:45 pm and matinees start at 3:00 pm. “A Chorus Line” contains material that may not be suitable for young children, including profanity and frank talk of sexuality. Also, be advised that the show has no interval, and runs for two hours.